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Geography and History BA (Full time) 2017 start

Course information for 2018 start

  • Overview

    This varied degree will give you the chance to study the ways in which humans interact with different environments, while gaining an understanding of how human activity has changed over time.

    Core modules will introduce you to themes in modern human geography exploring how people interact with the world around them, how globalization is shaping the world, and the impact this is having on urban development and population growth. You’ll also build your understanding of historiography and acquire other valuable historical research skills.

    Because our research interests are so diverse at Leeds, we also offer an impressive range of optional modules in both subjects. For example, you could study political geography or sustainable development alongside the fall of the Roman Empire, colonial Africa and the Harlem Renaissance. You could even choose modules including international fieldwork. It’s a fascinating opportunity to gain new insights into the many facets of human behaviour.

    The University of Leeds has plenty of excellent resources for historians and geographers. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections, and the Library offers plenty of training to help you make the most of the facilities we have. The School of Geography also houses state-of-the-art research facilities.

    Fieldwork

    Ask any of our students and they will tell you that taking part in field trips is one of the most enjoyable and memorable aspects of the geography programmes at Leeds.

    We offer BA field trips at each level of study and they provide a great opportunity to study a fascinating subject in contrasting environments away from the University. During the field trips you will learn essential fieldwork and team working skills, transferable skills that will prove invaluable to your future career. Field trips are also a fantastic way to travel and see new places and to get to know your tutors and other students better.

    On this course the fieldtrips offered are:

    • Level 1 – Leeds
    • Level 2 – Belgrade, Montpellier, Helsinki
    • Level 3 – Athens, Miami

    Real world learning

    We give you a £500 allowance to cover the costs of optional field trips across Levels 2 and 3.

  • Course content

    A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

    Your first year will be spent studying core modules in each subject, introducing you to the key concepts and research methods you’ll need for the rest of your degree. You’ll study historiography, develop research skills, discover the key concepts in human geography and apply them to a study of Leeds.

    Over the next two years, you’ll continue to build a firm knowledge base while pursuing your interests and specialising in specific areas of each subject. A core module will allow you to apply different approaches to human and economic geography, while you’ll also choose from optional modules in each subject.

    You’ll keep some balance across historical periods, but you’ll have choices in history from the early medieval period to the present day alongside geographies of migration, globalisation, population studies and fieldwork modules. In your final year, you’ll focus on a period or topic in depth in your special subject. You’ll then be able to specialise even further when you apply the skills you’ve gained to a topic of your choice in your dissertation.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    You’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules while maintaining a balance across your subjects. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more examples of optional modules and the full course structure.

    Compulsory modules

    • Local to Global: Geographies of a Changing World (Joint Honours) 20 credits
    • People, Place and Politics (Joint Honours) 20 credits
    • Historiography and Historical Skills 20 credits
    • Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary Study 20 credits
    • Studying in a digital age 5 credits

    Optional modules

    • Nature, Society and Environment 20 credits

    Year 2

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Research Methods in Human Geography 20 credits
    • Political and Development Geographies 20 credits
    • Inside European Cities 20 credits
    • Living within limits: natural resource management for sustainable development 20 credits
    • Environment and Environmentalism in Britain, c. 1750-1972 20 credits
    • Heretics, Witches and Conspirators: Toleration and Persecution in Early Modern Europe 20 credits
    • Black Politics from Emancipation to Obama 20 credits
    • Mao Zedong and Modern China, 1949-Present 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Final Year Project

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Urban and Regional Development: A Case Study of Athens 20 credits
    • Advanced Population & Health Geographies 20 credits
    • Management of Wilderness and Global Ecosystems 20 credits
    • Spaces of Migration and Encounter 20 credits
    • The Fall of the Roman Empire, 376-476 40 credits
    • Empire, War and Occupation: The Transformation of Japan, 1930-1952 40 credits
    • Heathens and Slaves: Evangelicalism, Race and Empire, 1765-1785 20 credits
    • 'Parasites' and 'Cockroaches': Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide in the Modern World 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Geography and History BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    Our tutors in the Schools of History and Geography are at the forefront of research in their fields.

    We use a range of teaching and learning methods so you can benefit from our tutors’ expertise, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and occasionally workshops. However, there’s also an important element of independent learning throughout your degree, since this is where you develop your research and analytical skills.

    Assessment

    We also use different types of assessment. These normally involve a mixture of exams and essays, but in some modules oral presentations and group work may be included too. We offer plenty of support, including the chance to attend extra classes on issues such as exam technique, public speaking and structuring an essay if you need them.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB including A in History and A in Geography, and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

    GCSE: Mathematics at grade B

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Grade C in Mathematics at GCSE is required. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. This course has additional subject specific requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • BTEC

      We will consider the level 3 QCF BTEC at Subsidiary Diploma level and above in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      Please contact the Admissions Office.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in Geography at Higher Level, 6 in History at Higher Level and 5 in Mathematics at Standard Level

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      AAAABB including A in Geography and A in History.

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      Scottish Highers accepted in combination with Advanced Highers. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

    • Other Qualifications

      European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in Geography and 85% in History.


    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be AAC at A Level including A in History and A in Geography and grade A in the EPQ.

    We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A Level including Geography and History (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and pass Access to Leeds.

    International

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of History Admissions team.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    School of History Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £15,750 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

    The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

    The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    Field classes are optional for BA students. We currently allocate £500 towards the cost of an optional field trip across levels 2 and 3. Additional costs may be incurred.

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    A Joint Honours degree in Geography and History offers you in-depth knowledge across two challenging subjects. That’s valuable in itself, but you’ll also have a wide range of skills that are highly attractive to employers.

    You’ll have managed two different and demanding subjects, so you’ll have good organisational skills. You’ll also be a confident independent researcher who can analyse complex data using both qualitative and quantitative methods. You’ll be comfortable working in a team and have advanced oral and written communication skills as well as commercial awareness.

    Graduates have gone into a wide range of careers as a result: education, journalism, management, the civil service, law and business and finance are just a few of them. Many have also gone onto postgraduate study in related disciplines.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

    Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

    Work placements

    Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

    Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.