Geography embraces the study of human societies and their environment, and is one of the few subjects in which human and physical aspects of the environment are integrated. Our flexible degree programme enables students to gain an understanding of the major global, regional and local processes that shape our world and the challenges we will face in the future.
An outstanding reputation for teaching and research - in the QS World Ranking 2018/19, Geography at Queen's sits in the top 200 of all geography courses around the world.
|Introduction||Our degrees provide fundamental skills and knowledge while allowing students to tailor their degree according to their interests and ambitions. There are four levels, outlined below.|
|Stage 1||Students must take four core modules within Geography, which normally comprises:|
• Dynamic Earth
• Human Geographies of the Modern World
• Processes and Principles of Physical Geography
• Spaces of Development
Students must then take a double-weighted Language module from:
• French I
• Spanish I
|Stage 2||Students must take three core modules within Geography, which normally comprises:|
• Contemporary Approaches to Geographical Enquiry
• Geographical Research Skills
• Landscapes and Geographical Information (GIS)
Students must then take a double-weighted Language module from:
• French II
• Spanish II
Students must then take one further module. Typical options (which occasionally vary slightly from year to year) include:
• Cultural and Political Geography
• Geographies of Economic Restructuring and Social Change
• Global Environmental Change
• International Fieldwork (select between Belgium, Mallorca and Malta)
• Sustaining the Biosphere
|Stage 3||Placement Year|
|Stage 4||Students must take one (double-weighted) core module, selecting between:|
• Geography at Work
• Geography Dissertation
Students must then take a further four modules. Typical options (which vary from year to year) include:
• Climate Change
• Advanced Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
• Arid Environments
• Coastal Environments
• Environmental Geopolitics
• Geographies of Contested Territories
• Geographies of Ethnicity
• Geographies of Global Finance
• Geography of War and Public Memory
• Geography, Science and Society
• Maps and Mapping
• Sea Level Change: Past, Present, and Future
• Spaces of Urbanisation
• Volcanoes: Environmental and Societal Impacts
Natural and Built Environment
Donal is a lecturer in physical geography specialising in the development of regional and site-specific future climate change scenarios.
|Large Group Teaching||6 (hours maximum)|
Lectures per week
|Medium Group Teaching||2 (hours maximum)|
Seminars, workshops, practical classes, laboratory sessions or field work per week
|Personal Study||30 (hours maximum)|
Studying and revising in your own time each week, including preparing for tutorials and seminars, working on assignments, group project work and self-guided study using handouts / online support
|Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial||1 (hours maximum)|
Tutorials (or in final year, project supervision) per week
At Queen's, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.
Within Geography we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.
Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:
As students progress through their course at Queen's they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and your peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
|A level requirements|
ABB normally including A-level Geography + GCSE Mathematics grade C
For French option: A-level French grade B
For Spanish option: A-level Spanish grade B
|Irish leaving certificate requirements|
H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 normally including Higher Level grade H3 in Geography + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics
For French option: Higher Level grade H3 in French
For Spanish option: Higher Level grade H3 in Spanish
Not normally considered as Access Courses would not satisfy language requirements.
In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.
Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by the School of Natural and Built Environment. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.
Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by the Selector for the School of Natural and Built Environment along with a member of administrative staff from the Admissions and Access Service. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.
For entry last year, applicants for this degree must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or better (to include English Language and Mathematics), though this profile may change from year to year depending on the demand for places. The Selector also checks that any specific entry requirements in terms of GCSE and/or A-level subjects can be fulfilled.
Offers are normally made on the basis of three A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. The minimum acceptable is two subjects at A-level plus one at AS though candidates offering this combination will be considered on an individual basis depending on the degree for which they have applied. The offer for repeat candidates may be one grade higher than for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.
Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification), or one A-level and a BTEC Diploma/National Diploma (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant’s portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.
Applicants offering other qualifications, such as BTEC Extended Diplomas and Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered.
The current entrance requirements for applicants offering a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma are successful completion of the BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3) with 100 credits at Distinction grade and 80 credits at Merit grade. The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those candidates taking an Extended Diploma qualification. Applicants must also have an appropriate language qualification to fulfil the entry requirements.
Those offering a relevant Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Diploma (HND) are considered individually on their own merits for entry to Stage 1. For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 1 Distinction and remainder Merits. For those offering a HND, at least one first year unit must be at Merit grade. Where offers are made students would be expected to achieve Merits in all units assessed in final year. For those offering a HNC or HND, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile. Applicants must also have an appropriate language qualification to fulfil the entry requirements.
Candidates offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits.
The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of degree courses in the School of Natural and Built Environment these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.
A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking four A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.
Candidates are not normally asked to attend for interview.
If you are made an offer then you may be invited to a School Visit Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.
If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service (firstname.lastname@example.org), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Studying for a Geography degree at Queen's develops
core skills and employment-related experiences that are
valued by employers, professional organisations and
Some graduates pursue careers in geography-related
areas such as urban and rural planning, environmental
conservation and management, careers in GIScience and
teaching. A significant number develop careers in a
wide range of other sectors, eg management, marketing,
NGOs, financial services, the civil service (especially
land and property, environment, and development
agencies), computing (especially using geographic
data), and various graduate programmes.
We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland, the National Trust, Land and Property Services, and the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI), who provide advice on our programmes and in-depth careers sessions on their work.
We have embedded a careers programme within our personal tutoring system. There will also be the opportunity to learn from employers on career opportunities, support in building your CV, and practice in applying and interviewing for graduate-level jobs.
We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland, National Trust, and the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland. The employers provide both snapshot advice on their work, as well as run more in-depth advice sessions. We also run a careers seminar programme with guest speakers
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.
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|Other (non-UK) EU *||TBC|
Tuition fees for 2020-21 have not been set. Those quoted above are for students commencing study in 2019-20. These will be subject to an increase for students commencing study in 2020-21.
Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.
* The tuition fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.
If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.
Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Geography with a Language costs
In Year 2 students have an opportunity to take an optional field-based module. Currently field-based modules are offered in aspects of physical geography (Belgium), human geography (Malta) and the integration of both aspects of the subject (Mallorca). These modules include a period of residential field work overseas. Students who enrol in these modules are liable to pay additional costs to cover flights, accommodation and local transport. The cost is typically between £400-500.
There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.
Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.
Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How to Apply
Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/students.
When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2020 from 1 September 2019.
Advisory closing date: 15 January 2020 (18:00).
Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.
The Institution code name for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.
Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/
After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions (www.qub.ac.uk/Study/TermsandConditions) which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.
Fees and Funding
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