Discover more about BA (Hons) Geography
Explore a range of contemporary issues relating to how people understand and shape the world around them. You'll develop an understanding of the ways in which humans interpret, organise and respond to all manner of aspects in their social, cultural, economic, political and physical environments through teaching that includes lectures, seminars, international residential fieldwork, tutorials, information and communications technology (ICT) and geographic information systems (GIS). You can also choose to take a placement year in industry. You'll be equipped with skills for diverse professional careers including consultancy, policy development and management, teaching, planning and conservation. 

Our location in the South West of England offers an excellent quality of life and the chance to study a range of geographical issues. Plymouth is a vibrant city with a waterfront location, contemporary retail and cultural scenes, and many historic sites, including The Hoe and The Barbican. It is bordered by Dartmoor National Park as well as the Tamar Valley and South Hams Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Devon and Cornwall have glorious beaches, coasts, rivers and estuaries. The mix of town, country and coast makes Plymouth the ideal place to study geography.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork is recognised as a very important part of a geography degree. It allows you to experience phenomena in the ‘real world’ and put into practice what you have learnt in lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorials. The excellence of our fieldwork programme at Plymouth was recognised by the government’s £4.85 million investment in our Experiential Learning CETL, the only one of its kind in the UK. In addition to local field visits associated with specialist modules, residential fieldwork is built in to each of the three years of your degree.

  • Year one - a four-day trip to Bath for single honours students provides an excellent first opportunity to develop your geographical field skills. It is also a great introduction to university-level geography, and an opportunity to get to know other members of your group and academic staff.
  • Year two - you will participate in a residential week in County Clare, Ireland or Brittany, France to undertake detailed field investigations of geographical patterns and processes, developing your research skills and helping you prepare for your final year dissertation
  • Final year - Plymouth offers one of the best ranges of field trip locations of any UK geography department. Previous destinations have included Crete, Iceland, the USA, Australia, Malta, the Czech Republic, Spain, Borneo, South Africa, Denmark and the Philippines. 
Teaching and learning facilities

We have excellent, modern, well-equipped lecture theatres, teaching laboratories and IT facilities, including a state-of-the-art open access, student centred learning environment called LABplus

Personal and academic support

  • All single and combined major honours geography students have a personal tutor.
  • Your tutor provides support and guidance whenever it is needed and in your first year will hold weekly group discussions focusing on your academic work programme.
  • In your final year, you will also have a member of staff assigned to provide support for your dissertation research.
  • There is a network of university support services to ensure that you make the most out of your time at Plymouth. For example, health care facilities, counselling service, chaplaincy, Student Funding Unit and childcare provision.
Assessment
 
This guide indicates the balance between formal examinations and coursework at each stage of the geography course, although specifics are determined by the combination of modules you study.

  • Year one - approximately 83 per cent coursework and 17 per cent examination.
  • Year two - up to 25 per cent examination, remainder coursework, depending on module choice.
  • Year three - up to 17 per cent examination, remainder coursework, depending on module choice.