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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 13450 per year

All study options

About Geography (Physical) at Nottingham Trent University

Based around our stunning outdoor classroom at the Brackenhurst Campus, this degree will equip you with the knowledge you need to identify, monitor and manage an array of relevant environmental issues. You will graduate with a range of transferable skills, fully prepared to work within the diverse field of physical geography in the UK and overseas.

Study Geography at NTU and you can split your time between our stunning, rural Brackenhurst Campus and the vibrant city of Nottingham, and explore a subject that is crucially important to today's world.

Why choose this course?

  • Get the best of both worlds! Immerse yourself in the subject in our stunning outdoor classroom at Brackenhurst, but still be completely connected to student life and all the events, entertainment, clubs and societies that Nottingham and NTU have to offer.
  • 100% of students on this course are satisfied (NSS 2017).
  • Learn from our experienced teaching staff who have expertise in a wide range of specialist areas including glaciology, natural hazards and water quality testing.
  • Develop surveying skills in the field and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Experience the mixed habitats of wetland, woodland, streams and farmland all on our very own Brackenhurst Campus to support your study of natural geographical systems.
  • Study in our new 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million campus eco-library and benefit from free electronic access to the core text for each module.
  • Use modern GPS equipment and GIS software in the field and in campus computing suites.
  • Undertake fieldwork in the UK, south-east Spain and Tenerife.
  • Benefit from our strong links with employers and academic institutions by completing a year-long work placement.
  • Take advantage of subsidised field trips as part of your course fee.
  • This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

How you're taught

You will be taught through a variety of methods including group seminars, lectures and practical sessions.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (67%), written (33%) and practical (0%).
  • Year 2 coursework (67%), written (33%) and practical (0%).
  • Year 3 coursework (67%), written (33%) and practical (0%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%), independent study (74%) and placements (0%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%), independent study (74%) and placements (0%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%) and placements (0%).

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study.

Careers and employability

The skills you possess as a Geography graduate will enable you to choose an exciting career in one of many areas. For example, central and local governments offer roles in numerous departments dealing with aspects of:

  • policy
  • pollution monitoring
  • housing
  • transport
  • disaster management
  • flood prevention.

Charities employ geographers as:

  • aid coordinators
  • GIS specialists
  • project managers.

Private companies such as leisure organisations, wildlife trusts and water companies employ geographers as:

  • environmental consultants
  • risk assessors
  • GIS specialists.

Your Geography degree can also lead to a career in teaching, or further specialist postgraduate study.

Included within the BSc (Hons) Geography (Physical) course is your chance to complete an optional placement of at least 38 weeks in industry. This can lead to a Certificate or Diploma in Professional Studies, helping you to stand out in the graduate job market.

These placements enable you to gain additional skills and vital experience in a working environment and are highly valued by employers.

Previous students like you on this course have undertaken paid placements with organisations including:

  • The Environment Agency
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Wildlife Trusts.


Where will I study?

Brackenhurst Campus is a 200-hectare country estate that provides the ideal location to study both the physical and human elements of a geography degree.

We have a lively community of students at Brackenhurst supported by:

  • modern accommodation
  • a Students' Union and bar
  • sports pitches
  • a library.

However, if you prefer city living you can commute from Nottingham in 45 minutes by bus. Study Geography at NTU and you can split your time between our stunning Brackenhurst Campus and the vibrant city of Nottingham. Live on campus or in the city – it's your experience, your choice.

Your studies will take place in the serenity of the picturesque Brackenhurst Campus. However, you will also find a range of both physical and human environments for you to gain experience of geography in action around Nottinghamshire.

We provide an excellent environment where student learning is supported by dedicated, friendly and approachable staff. We have invested significantly in our Brackenhurst Campus and have a range of superb teaching facilities and accommodation. We will help you to acquire geophical skills including experience of:

  • Geographical Information Systems
  • computer mapping
  • surveying and laboratory work.

The combined benefits of modern teaching, computing and accommodation facilities with natural woodland, wetland and farming estate create the perfect learning centre for you to study geography and the environment.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

Entry requirements

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

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