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BSc (Hons) Geography - Environmental Geography

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Our Environmental Geography course is unique in bridging environmental and social sciences, training you for diverse career options.

Geography - Environmental Geography

Key facts

  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Start date September
  • Duration 48 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based
  • Accreditations General Teaching Council for Scotland

Are you curious about the relationship between humans and the environment? How people and places interact with landscape and nature?

Our Environmental Geography course seeks to make sense of our changing world. It’s unique in bridging environmental and social sciences, and in exploring the pressing human-environment issues of the 21st century.

We’ll turn you into an Environmental Geographer with the expert knowledge and skills to research, analyse and communicate how the changing environment affects our lives. Your ability to visualise geographical issues at different spatial scales, from global to local, and to offer solutions to some of our most pressing environmental problems, will ensure that you’re highly sought after by a wide range of employers.

Environmental Geography at Stirling has provided me with the confidence and essential skills necessary for graduate employment. The extracurricular opportunities on offer and high quality teaching has ensured that my time spent here has been both valuable and transformational.

Johnathan Kitchen, BSc (Hons) Environmental Geography

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Professional accreditation

    Environmental Geography and Education provides graduates with a teaching qualification in Geography (and Modern Studies) as recognised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

  • Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

    SQA Highers
    AABB - one sitting
    AAAB - two sittings

    GCE A-levels
    BBB

    IB Diploma
    32 points

    BTEC (Level 3)
    DDM

    Essential subjects
    To include one of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics.

  • Year 2 entry – Three-year honours

    SQA Advanced Highers
    ABB

    GCE A-levels
    ABB

    IB Diploma
    35 points

    Essential subjects
    To include on of Environmental Science, Geography or Geology AND one of Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Politics or Sociology.

  • Other qualifications

    Scottish HNC/HND
    Bs in graded units

    English, Welsh and Northern Irish HNC/HND
    Merits and Distinctions.

    Foundation Apprenticeships
    Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

    Access courses
    Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

  • Advanced entry

    Not available

  • Additional information

    General entrance requirements apply

    If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

  • Other routes of entry

    If you’re an international student and don’t meet the required academic and English-language criteria for entry onto this degree, there are other options. You could take our International Foundation in Science, Computing and Engineering which prepares you for entry onto our degrees. Delivered by INTO University of Stirling on our Stirling campus, you can benefit from excellent teaching and supportive English language training.  Successful completion of the International Foundation in Science, Computing and Engineering provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS - 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

    More information on our English language requirements

    English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

Environmental Geography is an integrated four-year degree course that provides you with training across the spectrum of the subject. We emphasise research-led and experience-based approaches to understanding the complex relationships between people and the planet. With an international context, the course is designed to give you essential skills in intellect and reasoning, field and laboratory, and geo-spatial analysis.

Semesters 1-2 focuses on the building of planet Earth and the earth surface process at work in the evolution of our landscape. Alongside these core earth science modules you’ll be introduced to how people relate to the environment and the pressing human-environment issues of the 21st century, including global warming, water resources, pollution and loss of biodiversity.

In Semesters 3-4, the emphasis is on Biogeography and the feeding of our hungry planet, including the essential systems of nutrient cycling for sustaining life on Earth.

In Semesters 5-6, research-led teaching provides a wide range of advanced modules that include themes of sustainable environmental resources, palaeo-environments, earth surface processes and advanced geographical techniques including remote sensing and GIS. You’ll learn about Contemporary Environmental Issues and there is a choice of field courses to southern Spain or Iceland in Year 3.

In your final year you’ll develop and apply your research skills through your Honours research project. You’ll be supported by your academic supervisor and can actively participate in national and international research programmes. In doing so, you can take full advantage of the wider geographical research community at the University.

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2017/18 on this course of study.

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Course details

  • Teaching

    We've been awarded five-star excellence for our teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2017/18.

    Our research-led teaching is delivered by world-leaders in researching the interface between the environment and society. Everything you learn will reflect the latest thinking and developments in Environmental Geography.

    At all levels of the degree we also emphasise practical local field studies. There’s a range of natural environments around Stirling, plus easy access to major urban and industrial centres, new towns and rural settlements.

  • Fieldwork

    A residential field class forms an element of the course. You can choose to go to southern Spain or Iceland.

  • Assessment

    Assessment balances coursework and examinations.

  • Study abroad

    Environmental Geography has well established course links with the University of Guelph in Canada. You may spend either one or two semesters during Year 3 studying courses equivalent to those taken at Stirling, giving you the opportunity to broaden your geographical and cultural experience.

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  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (Fees are different for each course)

      2018/19 2019/20

    Scottish/EU Students

    Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland or the EU will be able to apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government on their behalf. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility online.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    Important note for EU students

    The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2018 and 2019 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. The future fee status of EU students enrolling in UK universities will depend on the timing and terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union. The University will make decisions on fee levels for EU students enrolling in 2020 when further guidance is available from the Scottish and UK governments, and will publicise information about fee levels and financial support available on the University website.

    While students should be aware this may mean a change from the current position where EU students are treated with equivalence to Scottish students, it is also important to note that any changes would also require changes to existing UK and Scottish legislation. Current indications are that the UK would leave the EU at the earliest in 2020, so any changes would not take effect before the academic year 2020/21.

    £1,820*

    *This tuition fee is set by the Scottish Government, and may be subject to change.

    £1,820*

    Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    If you’re domiciled in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you’ll be able to apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    If you successfully complete Years 1-3 of your course, you will also be eligible to receive an Honours Year Scholarship valued at £9,250 to cover the tuition fee costs of your fourth and final year of study. Learn more about the Honours Year Scholarship.

    There is additional funding available for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland – please see Funding opportunities below.

    £9,250 £9,250

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    You will be liable to pay fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    £14,460 £14,820

    You should expect to pay fees for every year you attend. Fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

  • Funding opportunities

    Students domiciled in Scotland and the EU

    The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland or the EU. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK)

    Eligible students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be able to receive the University’s Undergraduate Choice Scholarship, which offers a £1,000 cash award for Years 1-3 of study to eligible students coming to us with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent

    Alternatively, the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship offers a £1,000 cash award for Years 1-3 of study to eligible students coming to us with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.

    You don’t need to apply for these awards - we’ll automatically identify your eligibility as part of the admissions process.

    To explore other scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled overseas

    The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    You’ll need to pay towards the costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence for the Scottish field course in Year 2 and the optional fieldtrip in Year 4.

    If you choose to attend your graduation ceremony, you will be liable for an additional charge. There is no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

What jobs can you get with an Environmental Geography degree?

Graduates have found work as countryside rangers, guides and environmental science or geography educators - raising public awareness of environmental issues, and other careers specific to outdoor education.

Environmental Geography graduates are equipped with a unique combination of subject-specific and transferable skills, enabling them to develop their understanding of the relationships between environment and people. These skills, along with experience in fields like investigation, problem-solving, team working, communication and geographical information technology make you highly sought after by a wide range of industrial, commercial and public-sector employers.

Our graduates progress to careers that include education, conservation and the environment, science and technology, travel and related occupations, and sports and fitness.

Our course will also give you the foundation for graduate entry to advanced postgraduate taught and research degree courses in the environmental field.

  • The University of Stirling consistently earns five QS Stars for employability, with more than 96% of our students in employment or further education within six months of graduating. (HESA DLHE 2017)
  • Employability skills

    We’ve strong links with environmental employers working with businesses, government and charities on a range of environmental issues to provide real-world experience for all of our students.

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