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Geography with Environmental Mathematics BSc (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    If you want to explore how our Earth system operates and its underlying mathematical principles our combined course is for you.

    On this mainly physical geography course you will develop an appreciation of how processes at work on the Earth's surface can be described mathematically and represented in simulation models.

    Look into the processes that shape our world's dramatic landscapes and the dynamics of the atmosphere and biosphere, and how you can have a say in how we manage our future environment.

    Learn how to understand and explore the science behind the world.

    Extending this degree

    You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year degree by spending an additional year on an industrial placement or overseas, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. Read "Study abroad and work placements".

    Real world learning

    Fieldwork is an integral part of all our geography degrees. All compulsory fieldwork in Years 1 and 2 is funded by the School.

  • Course content

    You will cover developments in the study of climate change, human impacts on the biosphere and the hydro-geomorphological processes that shape physical landscapes.

    In Year 1 you will gain a broad overview of all these topics, and then as you progress through your second and final year you have the opportunity to specialise according to your strengths and interests.

    Throughout your studies you will acquire key skills in environmental mathematics that will enhance your understanding of how different processes shape our environment.

    Course structure

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

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    You will study the following compulsory modules:

    • Dynamic Landscapes 20 credits
    • Living Planet 20 credits
    • Environmental Change: Past and Future 20 credits
    • Data analysis and physical geography tutorials 20 credits
    • Studying in a digital age 5 credits
    • Intermediate Mathematics for Environmental and Geophysical Scientists 10 credits
    • Advanced Mathematics for Environmental and Geophysical Scientists 10 credits

    Optional modules

    You may study the following optional module:

    • Nature, Society and Environment 20 credits

    Discovery modules

    Additionally, you can opt to study 20 credits of discovery modules. These offer an exciting range of study opportunities drawn from across the University – including languages, enterprise, sustainability, ethics, technology and politics.

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    You will study the following compulsory modules:

    • Career Skills in Geography 10 credits
    • Mathematics for Geophysical and Environmental Sciences 3 10 credits
    • Computer Systems and Programming 10 credits
    • Mathematics for Geophysical and Environmental Sciences 4 10 credits

    Optional modules

    You must take one of the field trip modules. You will also choose up to 40 credits from other optional modules.

    • The dynamic environment of the European Alps 10 credits
    • The Dynamic Environment of Mallorca 10 credits
    • The dynamic environment of the Western Algarve 10 credits
    • Living within limits: natural resource management for sustainable development 20 credits
    • Earth Surface Processes 20 credits
    • Ecosystems: process, pattern, and change 20 credits
    • Climate Systems 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Dissertation 40 credits

    Optional modules

    You select modules from the following options. Restrictions apply to some modules.

    • New Zealand Field Trip 20 credits
    • Water Science & Management 20 credits
    • Creating Alternative Futures 20 credits
    • Management of Wilderness and Global Ecosystems 20 credits
    • Environment, Conflict and Policy 20 credits
    • Workplace Co-operative Project 20 credits
    • Geographers into Teaching: School Placements 20 credits
    • Tropical forests and sustainable development 20 credits
    • Hydrological Monitoring and Modelling 20 credits
    • Research Placement 20 credits
    • Biogeochemical Cycles: Process to Policy 20 credits
    • Timescales of Global Change 20 credits

    Discovery modules

    Candidates will be required to study 10 credits of discovery modules.

    For more information on typical modules, read Geography with Environmental Mathematics BSc 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

    You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, tutorials (groups of six), seminars (groups of approximately 30), computer classes, lab practical classes, group-work, online exercises and fieldwork, depending on the modules you study.

    Opportunities for extra help, including “drop-in” workshops, one-to-one assistance, and an extensive programme of generic skills training.

    Part of studying at university is that you will take increasing responsibility for your own learning as you progress through your degree. Developing the skills to think and work independently is crucial to your success both at university and in your future career. Independent study involves a lot of reading around the subject, and although this may seem daunting at first, we will guide and support you.


    Assessment methods vary from module to module, giving you the flexibility to choose modules based on the assessment criteria that suits your particular strengths. Types of assessment include: examinations, individual or group reports and presentations, practical exercises, essays, posters, projects (such as the dissertation) and reflective logs.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB including an A in Mathematics

    Preferably including Geography. If Geography is not included then we would expect 2 science A-levels from Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Physics.

    GCSE: English and Mathematics at grade B or above, or an appropriate English language and Mathematics qualification.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, 30 credits with Distinction and the remaining 15 credits with Merit or above.

    • BTEC

      DDD in Extended Diploma/3 Subsidiary Diplomas in Mathematics and Geography or two relevant subjects. We will accept a combination of BTECs and A-Levels. Please contact us for further information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, M1, M1 including Geography and Mathematics or two relevant subjects.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 points overall, with 17 points at higher level to include 5 points in Geography and Mathematics or in two relevant subjects.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      AAAABB/H2H2H2H2H3H3 including Mathematics (H2/A) and Geography or two relevant subjects

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AABBB overall with AB in 2 Advanced Highers (AH). For non-AH applicants AAAABB. To include Geography and Mathematics or 2 relevant subjects.

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

    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.

    Access to Leeds entry requirements for this course: BBB


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Geography Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 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

    Faculty of Environment Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £21,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 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 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

    We have optional level 3 field classes. As these field trips are optional,they are at an additional cost to the student.

    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.

    The School of Geography offer a range of scholarships for Home, EU and International students.

    Find out more about our Scholarships.

  • Career opportunities

    Industry Links

    To find out more about our links with industry, read Study abroad and work placements.

    Career Paths

    A BSc Geography with Environmental Mathematics degree equips you with skills for a multitude of careers in environmental management such as:

    • Flood risk analysis
    • Conservation
    • Hydrology
    • Environmental Planning

    Our graduates have also secured roles in sectors such as:

    • Banking and Finance
    • IT and business consultancy
    • Marketing and recruitment

    Find out about your career prospects first-hand from employers and graduates of the School in our employability video!

    Careers support

    In the School of Geography we take your future very seriously and know that employability is uppermost in many students’ minds. If you choose to study Geography with Environmental Mathematics at Leeds, you can be confident that you’re not only joining a university whose graduates are targeted by top employers, but that as Geography with Environmental Mathematics graduates, your employment opportunities couldn’t be more exciting and wide-ranging.

    We structure this programme to ensure you develop the key transferable skills sought by graduate recruiters, skills such as: team-working, commercial awareness, report-writing, fluency in oral communication and presentation, numerical analysis, IT expertise and investigative skills.

    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

    You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year study abroad degree by spending an additional year overseas, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. You don’t apply directly to this course, instead you can register your interest with us once you’ve enrolled on the 3-year degree.

    To be eligible for Study Abroad you’ll need to maintain a good average in your assessments in years 1 and 2 and, for some destinations, you may have to show you have the necessary language skills. Read more about eligibility on the Study Abroad website.

    The Study Abroad Office and the School provide guidance to help you set up a study place at one of the University's partner institutions from around the world. Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

    School of Geography partnerships

    The School of Geography has long-established partnerships with a number of overseas universities who reserve places each year specifically for Leeds geographers.

    European (Erasmus) destinations

    • Denmark: University of Copenhagen *
    • France: Université Grenoble Alpes
    • France: Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
    • Netherlands: Utrecht University *
    • Norway: University of Bergen *
    • Spain: Universidad de Valencia

    *Starred institutions may offer a programme in English. Students may apply for department-specific or university-wide destinations. Academic suitability and language requirements should be discussed with your School Study Abroad Coordinator prior to application.

    Worldwide destinations

    Teaching takes place in English at all these universities:

    • The University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    • The University of McMaster, Ontario, Canada
    • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
    • The University of Adelaide, Australia
    • The National University of Singapore
    • The Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Find out more from staff and students in our study abroad video

    Work placements

    “Recruiters have confirmed that a record 32% of this year’s entry-level positions are expected to be filled by graduates who have already worked for their organisations – either through paid internships, industrial placements or vacation work.”

    (The Graduate Market in 2016, High Fliers Research)

    At Leeds our aim is to ensure our students thrive in their academic studies and leave us as highly employable graduates with a wide range of skills and attributes sought after in today’s job market. Leeds is one of the few geography departments in the UK to offer a year in industry scheme which allows you to extend your three-year programme to a four-year industrial degree.

    This is a fantastic opportunity to add value to your CV, experience the “real world” first-hand and, in many cases, be offered a permanent job with the placement company on graduating. With staff dedicated to helping you to secure a placement that is right for you, and by keeping in close contact with you throughout your placement year, we ensure you get the most out of your time with your chosen company.

    You don't have to decide to do a placement year before you start your course, you can register your interest with us once you’ve enrolled on the 3-year degree.

    Find out first-hand from employers and year in industry students about your options!

  • 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 BSc 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 – Malham

    Level 2 – Austrian Alps, Algarve, Portugal and Mallorca, Spain

    Level 3 – New Zealand

    Watch our field trip videos to the Austrian Alps and Malham!

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