BSc (Hons) Geography

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The BSc (Hons) Geography Degree at Lincoln explores scientific perspectives on issues of environmental change and sustainability from local to global scales. It encourages students to develop the analytical, critical and collaborative skills needed to work across broad interdisciplinary issues. Physical Geography at Lincoln focuses on understanding the Earth system, developing skills relevant to managing environmental challenges and hazards such as floods and droughts, as well assisting decision makers in government and the environmental sector.

Geography is an integrative subject that aims to provide the intellectual tools necessary to understand the relationship between human society and its environment, and the issues that challenge our future.

This course is designed to develop subject understanding and geographical skills progressively in the context of real-world problems, enabling students to apply their learning to contemporary global challenges. With Lincoln’s unique focus on the ‘safety and health of the inhabited Earth’ our mission is to deliver a degree that is relevant for environmental and societal challenges in the 21st century.

A belief in the importance of interdisciplinary knowledge to address major issues is at the heart of our approach. Our academics are experienced researchers investigating key issues in global development across a spectrum of physical geography, in collaboration with academics in other disciplines, including human geography.

Students will be encouraged to engage in research and project work that builds on the expertise of staff. This includes the ‘Student as Producer’ initiative that encourages academics and undergraduates to collaborate on research activities.

How You Study

BA and BSc Geography students at Lincoln follow a common first year that have a common thread of ‘concept’ lectures, practical teaching of analytical skills though field and laboratory work, and individual project work under close personal supervision.

In the 2nd and 3rd year, students focus primarily on the physical geography pathway but study elements of human geography within the context of a broad interdisciplinary approach.

Core skills learned in gathering, collating and analysing data will be developed in extensive projects and fieldwork.

Subject areas include:

  • Biogeography
  • Climatology
  • Earth system science
  • Geomorphology
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Hydrology
  • Quantitative methods and analysis
  • Quaternary science
  • Remote sensing
  • Soils

Fieldwork

Students have the opportunity to develop skills in residential fieldwork, including through placements abroad. These give students the opportunity to apply geographical knowledge in real-world settings, including data gathering and applying theory to practice.

At Lincoln, students will have the opportunity to go on field trips on all three years of their geography degree. In their second year this is likely to be to a mandatory trip to Crete, Greece. While in the third year optional field trips to Kazakhstan, Central Asia and New Zealand are being considered. Costs relating to these opportunities can be found in the Features Tab. For mandatory trips, the costs of travel and accommodation are covered by the School. Students will however be expected to pay for food whilst on the trip.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of your degree. However, remember that you are engaging in a full-time degree; so, at the very least, you should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time and you may undertake assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two – three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Study

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln’s policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above).

Methods of Assessment

The way you will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Staff

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Geography Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2017-18

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC including a B in Geography or related subject (Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics). General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall, with 5 at Higher Level in Geography or related subjects (in the fields of Sciences, Mathematics or Individuals and Societies).

BTEC Extended Diploma in Geography or related subjects (Applied Science, Computing, Engineering, Environmental Sustainability, Information Technology, Pharmaceutical Science): Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required, 15 of which must be in Geography or a related subject (from the fields of Information, Communications and Technology, Science and Mathematics or Agriculture, Horticultures and Animal Care).

In addition, applicants will be required to have a minimum of three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), to include English and Maths.