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What makes Geography at Worcester special?

On our interdisciplinary BSc Geography course, you will engage with some of the most urgent challenges facing us this century, including climate change, inequality, environmental risks and hazards. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are embedded throughout our course. Students explore a wide range of sustainable development issues, such as river management, planning sustainable cities, nature conservation, gender inequality, globalisation and sustainable consumption.

Our flexible programme also offers opportunities for specialism in human or physical geography and will enable you to build your degree around topics you are most passionate about. At Worcester, our small group sizes mean everyone gets hands-on practical experience, which equips you with the skills and understanding employers require. You will graduate with a wealth of skills and theoretical knowledge that will prepare you for a range of exciting careers.

Whatever your interests, our friendly and supportive team will encourage you to realise your full potential and empower you to work towards creating a more sustainable future.



Key features

  • Small, Friendly and Supportive Community - our small group sizes allow us to get to know you from the very start. At Worcester you are not just another face in the crowd.
  • Access to the latest technology – we provide extensive training and practical experience in the use of research grade field and laboratory equipment, you will have the opportunity to learn how to fly drones, use laser survey equipment and you will have access to a wide range of specialist equipment to support research in atmospheric, river science and environmental monitoring.
  • Authentic Assessments - you will prepare for the workplace via ‘authentic’ assessments rather than formal examinations. Professional computer-based skills such as GIS and Earth Observation are embedded within most modules.
  • Research-informed Learning – research-informed learning runs throughout our course. You will learn from cutting-edge research, delivered by internationally recognised subject specialists and practitioners who are passionate about the subjects they teach.
  • Fieldwork – at Worcester we place strong emphasis on fieldwork. Local fieldwork is offered in almost every module. You will also have the opportunity to experience fully funded residential fieldwork in all three years.
  • Employability – we have a strong emphasis upon employability throughout the course. You will have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through professional placements.
  • Study abroad – spend a semester abroad at an English-speaking partner institution. Or gain global experience with our four-year Geography with International Year Abroad programme

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This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in geographical knowledge and skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of the world beyond higher education.

The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ.

T Levels may be used to meet the entry tariff requirements for this course. Find out more about T levels as UCAS tariff points here.

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or

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Applicants for this course must also have a good command of reading, writing and spoken English.

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of their proficiency and must ensure that it is, or is comparable to, Academic IELTs of 6.0 with a score of at least 5.5 in each component.

Mature Students

We welcome applicants who hold alternative qualifications/experience and mature students who can demonstrate the ability to benefit from the course and show their potential to complete the course successfully. Although recent preparatory study at an appropriate level (e.g. an Access to Higher Education Diploma) is recommended, students may be considered on the basis of prior evidenced professional/work experience and/or other assessment procedures, and the assessment of personal suitability. University Admissions Office staff can offer information, advice and guidance on this process. Further information can also be found here.

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Course content

What will you study

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Year 1 provides you with a foundation in human and physical geography and introduces you to a variety of contemporary environmental issues and practical skills. In the 2022/23 academic year, year 1 students will also participate in a UK based residential fieldcourse to the Lake District.

Mandatory modules

  • Earth Surface Processes and landforms
  • People and Place
  • Geographical Fieldwork
  • Skills for Geographers

Optional modules

Year 2

As you progress through your course you can start to specialise in either human or physical geography – or you could continue to study a combination of both. In the 2022/23 academic year, year 2 students will also attend a residential fieldcourse in the Scottish Highlands which will explore the relationships between the human and physical environment

Mandatory modules

  • Research Design and Project Management
  • Environmental Hazards and Disaster Management
  • Geography Residential Field Course

Optional modules

Year 3

You can choose from a range of specialist modules that reflect your interest and career ambitions. Optional modules reflect staff interests in research, consultancy or professional practice. In the 2022/23 academic year, year three students will also have the choice of two European residential field courses which allow you to specialise in either human or physical geography

Mandatory modules

  • Dissertation
  • Advanced Fieldwork
  • Professional Development and Careers for Geographers

Optional modules

  • Geography of Health and well-being
  • Planning Space. Making Place
  • Cultural and Heritage Tourism
  • Our Fragile Planet: Biogeography
  • River Conservation Management
  • Glaciers and Glaciation
  • Engineering Geomorphology
  • Earth Observation and Environmental Change
  • Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Rural Planning for Conservation

Geography fieldwork

At Worcester, fieldwork is central to our approach to teaching and research in Geography.

In addition to residential field courses, we include local and regional fieldwork in most of our modules.

Fieldwork is embedded throughout the degree, which is important because it provides frequent opportunities to apply and extend knowledge and skills in the ‘real world’. As well as being essential preparation for employment and further study, it can be hugely enjoyable. 

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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

We enable you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.

A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.  


The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.

You are taught through a diverse range of teaching methods, including, interactive workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and laboratory practical activities. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures. Laboratory practical act are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work.

The university is a close-knit community and we adopt very personal approach with an open-door policy allowing you easy access to teaching staff who will offer advice and feedback on your assessed work. You will be assigned a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) who will support your academic progress and will assist you with any issues throughout your time at the university.

Contact time

In a typical week, you will have approximately 12-16 contact hours of teaching. The exact contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected. In the final year, you will normally have slightly less contact time in order carry out more independent study. The type of teaching activities varies per module, but an example of teaching activities for a first year module for one semester are as follows:

  • 20 hours of (large group) lectures
  • 8 hours of interactive workshops
  • 8 hours of computer practicals
  • 4 hours of supervised laboratory practical
  • 4 hours of fieldwork activities
  • 4 hours of seminars

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 25 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes professors in human and physical geography, senior academics with industry experience, demonstrators and technicians.

Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and a very high percentage (85+%) of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.  You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, written assignments (including consultancy reports and planning statements), journals, practical investigations, practical reports, portfolios, individual and groups presentations, posters, and a final year independent studies project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken. You will not be expected to complete all assignments list below (i.e. the exact pattern of assignments depends on your optional modules); however, a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

  • 2 Essays
  • 1 Field Notebook
  • 1 Portfolio
  • 2 Poster Presentations
  • 2 Presentations
  • 1 Reflective writing assignment
  • 1 Report
  • 2 Research/Practical write ups
  • 2 Written assignments

Year 2

  • 1 Essay
  • 1 Exam
  • 1 Individual or Group Presentation
  • 1 Poster Presentation
  • 1 Reflective writing assignment
  • 1 Report
  • 2 Research/Practical write ups
  • 1 Written Assignment
  • 1 Other (Hydrometric Network Design)

Year 3

  • 1 Fieldwork Portfolio
  • 2 Other (Dissertation & Mock-interview)
  • 1 Presentation
  • 2 Reflective writing assignment
  • 2 Report
  • 1 Research/Practical write ups
  • 2 Written Assignment


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest specification for BSc Geography that includes BSc Geography with International Year Abroad.

Meet The Team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes professors in human and physical geography, senior academics with industry experience, demonstrators and technicians.

Professor Ian Maddock

Professor Ian Maddock

Professor Ian Maddock joined Worcester in 1993 and has teaching and research interests in River Science, Hydromorphology and the use of drones or Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for high resolution surveys and to assess environmental change.

Ian's University learning and teaching experience includes being a tutor for BSc Geography, BSc Physical Geography and BSc Environmental Science degrees and the newly created BSc Environmental Management and Sustainability degree. He also led the development of and is course leader for the MRes in River Science. He teaches on a range of modules including generic modules (e.g. Environmental Investigations, Dynamic Earth, Geographical Investigations) and subject specific modules (e.g. River Conservation and Management, River Monitoring and Assessment, The Physical Geography of Mountain Environments, the Mountain Environments Field Course).


Dr Cheryl Jones

As well as teaching a variety of modules on the Geography BSc (Hons) course and supervising PhD students, Dr Cheryl Jones also has a number of other roles within University of Worcester - as a KTI Fellow; Award leader in Physical Geography; Enterprise co-ordinator; and Examinations Officer.


Professor Alan Dixon

Alan is an interdisciplinary Geographer and Human Ecologist with research interests in sustainable development and social-ecological systems, especially in the global south. 

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Dr Fleur Visser

From Fleur's undergraduate degree in Physical Geography at the University of Amsterdam she gained strong field-based research skills, which she used to produce a sediment budget for tropical sugarcane land during my PhD project at the Australian National University and CSIRO Townsville. A subsequent opportunity to study soil erosion in a different way, using hyperspectral image data, sparked her interest in the use of Earth Observation (EO) image analysis for mapping and monitoring of the world around us.

Fleur's ongoing research investigates the possibilities for using very high and ultra-high resolution imagery (e.g. collected from drones) to detect and map submerged aquatic vegetation and algae in shallow river systems. Fleur uses Object-based image analysis (OBIA) and Structure from Motion (SfM) photogrammetry techniques, which makes it possible to remotely study river environments that until recently were beyond the reach of EO technology.

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Dr Des McDougall

Des is a physical geographer with interests in glaciers and glaciation, mountain geomorphology, and Quaternary environmental change. He enjoys teaching and has particular interests in learning technologies, fieldwork, and virtual reality. An example of the work he has done in this area is his VR Glaciers and Glaciated Landscapes resource, which is used by a growing number of schools, colleges and universities around the world. 


Professor Nick Evans

Prof Nick Evans joined the Geography Department at Worcester in the 1990s and has been dedicated to the development of excellence in both research and teaching during this time. His academic interests lie firmly within the arena of agricultural geography, contributing to reinvigorating its relevance in human geography as agri-cultural geography. Nicks work focuses particularly upon the social and cultural reasons lying behind the way agriculture in the Western World is practised, offering alternative explanations to those usually based on economics. Using this approach, he is striving to uncover how agricultural policies and farm families really work!

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Geography field courses

Geography students at the University of Worcester currently have the opportunity to take field trips to Provence and the Alps.

Where could it take you?

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Our Geography graduates have an excellent track record in gaining employment in a wide range of professions and organisations. On graduating you will have developed a wide range of subject specific and transferable skills actively sought by employers. These will include the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Our BSc Geography Graduates are always in demand for careers in:

  • Environmental management and consultancy
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Flood Management
  • Surveying
  • River Science
  • Urban and Rural Planning
  • Local Government
  • Sustainable Development
  • Data management
  • Conservation
  • Tourism
  • Regeneration
  • Earth Observation
  • Teaching

Potential employers include:

  • The Environment Agency
  • Wildlife Trusts
  • The Met Office
  • Water companies (Severn Trent Water, Thames Water, Wessex Water)
  • Environmental consultancies (SLR Consulting, Environmental Ltd)
  • Engineering consultancies (Atkins Global, Jacobs Engineering Ltd, Halcrow Group)
  • Waste management companies (Biffa, Mott MacDonald)
  • Roles in local government (sustainability officer, planning officer, recycling officer, environmental services, climate change advisor and flood risk management officer)
  • GIS specialists (ESRI, Ordnance Survey, Gaist, Ministry of Defence)

Further Study

This course will also prepare you for competitive entry into post graduate degree programmes, professional qualifications and apprenticeships. Many of our students choose a career in teaching and go on to further study on one of our PGCE courses in Geography here at the University of Worcester.

Professional placements and work experience

You will have many opportunities to extend your experience and enhance your CV by carrying out voluntary work or by completing a professional placement in your 3rd year of study. You will have access to a wide range of work placement opportunities and we have well-established links with local government organisations (such as local authority planning departments) and environmental and conservation agencies.

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Emily Bratt

"I applied to do BSc Geography at Worcester because it was clear to me that it was a student-focused course.  With their ‘open door’ policy and being assigned a Personal Academic Tutor, they are extremely invested in their students, wanting them to achieve the best grade possible through incredible amounts of support, The course also allows all Geography students to get hands-on with the kit meaning it’s not just for show, you really get to use it!"

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Elizabeth Bisp

"Geography at Worcester has all of the benefits of a smaller course. During my time at Worcester, I have taken part in several field trips and fieldwork. It would be easier for lecturers just to lecture, however by taking us out to the field both through fieldwork in nearby areas, such as Worcester City Centre, the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire as well as residential field trips, including the Lake District, the Scottish Highlands, and even France, it has enhanced my learning and overall experience. Having spoken to friends who have studied geography at different universities, I have realised what a unique experience this was and how much I have benefitted from them."

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Ragnar Mularczyk

I am one of three sabbatical officers, elected by the students, for the benefit of students. My time studying BSc Geography at Worcester University provided me with the confidence I needed to put myself forward as an electoral candidate for the position I am now in. It is the transferable skills that I have enhanced through my time at university that have assisted me most in my current job. I would recommend the course to any prospective students!

Jessica Jones

"I currently work for one of the world's most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies as an Environmental Scientist within the Contaminated Land and Hydrogeology team. I joined as a graduate on the graduate development programme. My degree at the University of Worcester made all this possible, I developed report writing skills and the ability to analyse data that are paramount to my day to day job and it gave me a broad understanding of the environmental sector."

Charlotte Wright

Charlotte Wright

Charlotte has graduated with a First Class Honours in Geography.

“Being the first person in my family to go to university, I am beyond proud and excited to have completed my degree, and to get a First is the icing on the cake,” said the 21-year-old.

During her studies Charlotte has completed the Worcester Award, which involved 40 hours of voluntary work, 80 hours of employment experience and a mock interview and she has worked as a Group Scout Leader. Since graduating she has undertaken teacher training through the Schools Direct programme and plans to become a Geography teacher.

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Geography Graduate Career Profiles

Read this collection of graduate career profiles to find out where a University of Worcester Geography degree could take you.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2023/24 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2023/24 academic year is £14,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2023/24 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

The costs of travel and accommodation on all mandatory taught field courses are currently covered by the University. The majority of field courses are either self-catered or half-board and students may be expected to purchase meals.

You may also need to purchase your own outdoor clothing suitable for some field courses.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £122 per week to 'En-suite Premium' at £207 per week (2023/24 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

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UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

International Students

If you are applying as an EU or Non-EU student you are strongly advised to apply online through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

If you are using The Common Application, you can add the University of Worcester to your list of colleges via this link and complete the application there. Further information can be found on our Making an International Application page.



Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Dr Cheryl Jones

Head of Geography & Environment

Professional Administrative Service (School of Science and the Environment)