BSc | Undergraduate

Geography with a Language

Entry year
2019
Entry requirements
BBB
Duration
4 years (Full Time)
UCAS code
F8RX
  • Overview

    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.

    Geography with a Language Degree highlights

    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.

    Industry Links

    • We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, National Trust, Geological Survey of N. Ireland, who 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.

    EU Referendum

    Information on the implications of Brexit for prospective students.

  • Course content

    Course Structure

    IntroductionOur degrees provide fundamental skills and knowledge while allowing students to tailor their degree according to their interests and ambitions. There are three levels, outlined below.
    Stage 1Students take a foundation year of Human and Physical Geography modules. Modules are delivered through combinations of lectures, tutorials, practical classes and field work, and provide an introduction to the subject and analysis of the inter-connections between global, regional and local scales. Associated essays, practicals and research projects contribute to the overall assessment.

    In previous years modules have covered the following themes'. The compulsory language modules are double-weighted.

    • Dynamic Earth
    • Human Geographies of the Modern World
    • Processes and Principles of Physical Geography
    • Spaces of Development
    • French 1
    • Spanish 1
    Stage 2Single Honours students take core modules that explore contemporary approaches to geographical enquiry and the acquisition and analysis of geographical information. Students also select options from a range of human or physical geography courses,

    An international fieldwork module runs each year for level 2 students. Destinations in recent years have included Belgium, Mallorca and Malta. A stage 2 double-weighted language module should also be taken.'
    Stage 3Placement Year
    Stage 4An element of independent study is required at this stage, where students carry out a supervised research project on a topic that interests them (the dissertation).

    Students also select other specialised modules, which vary from year to year, but may include some of the following themes:


    • Advanced Geographical Information Systems
    • Arid Environments
    • Climate Change: Science, Scenarios and Impacts
    • Coastal Environments
    • Environmental Geopolitics
    • Geoforensics
    • Geographies of Ethnicity
    • Geographies of Contested Territories
    • Geographies of Global Finance
    • Geographies of Outer Space
    • Geography at Work
    • Geography, Science and Society
    • Geography of War and Public Memory
    • Spaces of Urbanisation
    • Volcanoes: Environmental and Societal Impacts

    People teaching you

    Dr Donal Mullan
    Director of Undergraduate Programmes in Geography

    Natural and Built Environment
    Donal is a lecturer in physical geography specializing in the development of regional and site-specific future climate change scenarios.

    Contact Teaching Times

    Large Group Teaching6 (hours maximum)
    6 hours of lectures
    Medium Group Teaching2 (hours maximum)
    2 hours of seminars, workshops, practical classes, laboratory sessions or field work each week
    Personal Study30 (hours maximum)
    30 hours 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 Tutorial1 (hours maximum)
    1 hour of tutorials (or in final year, project supervision) each week

    Learning and Teaching

    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:

    • E-Learning technologies
      Information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree through, for example: interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space; IT and statistics modules; podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities; opportunities to use IT programmes associated with design in practicals and project- based work.
    • Lectures
      Introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to all year group peers).
    • Personal Tutor
      Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor who meets with them on several occasions during the year to support their academic development.
    • Practicals
      Where students will have opportunities to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to real-life or practical contexts. Many Geographic Information Systems and Physical Geography modules have associated practical classes, ranging from 3 to 9 hours study per week, depending on the module content.
    • Self-directed study
      This is an essential part of life as a Queen's student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.
    • Seminars/tutorials
      Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 10-20 students). These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers. Students should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.
    • Supervised projects
      In final year, students will be expected to carry out a significant piece of research on a topic or practical methodology that they have chosen. They will receive support from a supervisor who will guide them in terms of how to carry out research and who will provide feedback on a number of occasions during the write up stage.
    • Work placements and Field Classes
      Students taking 'Geography at Work' undertake a work-placement
      during Stage 3. This module provides significant learning and
      employability enhancement opportunities.

      During Stage 2, field classes take place in destinations that have included Belgium, Mallorca and Malta. Shorter field classes are also embedded in a number of optional modules at different levels.

    Assessment

    Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:

    • The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.

    Feedback

    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:

    • Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that students, as individuals or as part of a group, have submitted.
    • Face to face comment. This may include occasions when students make use of the lecturers’ advertised "office hours" to help address a specific query.
    • Placement employer comments or references.
    • Online or emailed comment.
    • General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
    • Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which students can review in their own time.
    • Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
    • Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.
    • Once students have reviewed their feedback, they are encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of their work.
  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    A level requirements
    BBB 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
    H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3 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
    Access/Foundation Course
    Not normally considered as Access Courses would not satisfy language requirements.

    Selection Criteria

    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 (admissions@qub.ac.uk), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

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    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    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.

    • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
    • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

    International Students - Foundation and International Year One Programmes

    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)

  • Careers

    Career Prospects

    Introduction
    Studying for a Geography degree at Queen's develops
    core skills and employment-related experiences that are
    valued by employers, professional organisations and
    academic institutions.

    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 NI Environment
    Agency, the National Trust, Land and Property Services,
    and the Geological Survey of NI (GSNI), who provide
    advice on our programmes.

    Employment Links
    We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, National Trust, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, who provide both snapshot advice on their work.

    Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

    Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

    Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

    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.

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) TBC
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) TBC
    Other (non-UK) EU TBC
    International TBC

    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.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    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.

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    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 (Belguim), 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.

    How do I fund my study?

    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/.

    Scholarships

    Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

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    How and when to Apply

    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/apply.

    When to Apply
    UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2019 from 1 September 2018.

    Advisory closing date: 15 January 2019 (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 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/

    Apply via UCAS

    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.

    Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students

    1. Applying through UCAS
      Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2019.
    2. Applying direct
      The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
    3. Applying through agents and partners
      The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.

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    Keywords

    GEOGRAPHY

    HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

    MODERN LANGUAGE

    PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

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