- 3 Years (Full time)
- Typical A-level offer
- AAA or AAB
- UCAS code
Ever wondered how to plan transport to beat traffic jams, make buses and trains work, and deliver all those online orders? How do we make cities sustainable and healthy at the same time as providing access to jobs? This course explores transport’s essential contribution to quality of life, and how to resolve problems it causes for society.
Our Geography with Transport Studies BA course explores how transport contributes to quality of life, but also causes problems for society – an issue that has taken it to the top of the political agenda.
This is a degree with a distinctive employability element - you'll study human geography alongside modules taught by the University’s internationally renowned Institute for Transport Studies.
You’ll be equipped with skills for a multitude of careers in the transport sector and beyond in the UK or worldwide, including transport planning, transport analysis and economics, freight and logistics, project management, location planning.
Our graduates are in demand for both their specialist and transferable skills. You’ll build skills in presenting your ideas in reports and orally, in data collection, presentation and analysis, and in the investigation and computer simulation of transport networks.
Each year of this course is designed around a combination of compulsory core modules that provide essential foundational knowledge and skills in human geography and transport studies. There are further opportunities to study optional modules across geography and transport subjects if you wish to.
You’ll develop a grounding in the foundational concepts and themes of human geography and transport studies, plus key skills in academic writing, digital learning and data analysis. Core modules explore the planetary environmental crisis, urbanisation, and the challenges for transport and mobility. We focus on issues of power, justice, difference (including ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and disability), identity, space, place and accessibility across different global scales and ideologies. You have the option to take a physical geography module as well, but can choose to focus on human geography and transport.
Quantitative Research Methods pathway
At the end of year 1, you’ll have the opportunity to request a place on our BA Geography with Quantitative Methods course, subject to meeting the entry requirements.
The course will help you to develop advanced analytical skills, which are in high demand across the public, private, and third sectors. You’ll learn spatial and statistical analysis techniques and their application to ‘real’ world problems related to crime, health, transport, business, planning and environment.
Find out more about the Quantitative Research Methods pathway.
You’ll be provided with a core programme of human geography research skills and expertise in transport and society. You’ll be able to develop a specialism in transport such as transport economics, transport land use and development, transport energy and environment, project appraisal to analyse the economic pros and cons of transport and other infrastructure investments, public transport, freight or sustainability.
You’ll supplement further from optional geography modules that cover geo-politics and international development, service analysis and planning, economic geography, the development of modern cities, citizenship and identity, and natural resource management. You can also take a physical geography module in a range of topics spanning natural planetary systems.
You’ll undertake a significant independent final year project - currently a dissertation - alongside a suite of optional modules which cover subjects such as urban social movements, creating alternative futures, population and health geographies, retail location analysis, global insecurities, migration and encounter, health impacts of travel in cities, public transport, freight logistics and the environment, social analysis of travel activity and social psychology focused on individual decision making, and modelling for decision making.
You’ll also have the choice of a research, work or teacher placement module with an external organisation, and can take a physical geography module from a choice of topics.
One-year optional work placement or study abroad
To advance your skill set and boost your experience, you can apply to take up an industrial placement or study abroad at one of the many universities we’re in partnership with worldwide. Both of these options will extend your degree by 12 months.
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 fieldwork opportunities at each level of study and they provide a great opportunity to study a fascinating subject in contrasting environments away from the University.
In year 1 you’ll use Leeds as your ‘laboratory’, carrying out group work around the city you live in, while in years 2 and 3 you’ll have the option to undertake residential field classes in the UK and abroad.
During field trips, you’ll learn essential fieldwork and team working skills and transferable skills that will prove invaluable to your future career.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
The Urban Age (with tutorials and fieldwork) – 20 credits
You will learn about the dynamic nature of urban and economic geography, exploring the geography of cities and urban settlements and their constitution by environmental, economic, social and political processes through time and space. Particular attention is paid to planetary urbanisation, urban planning, systems of collective consumption, housing and the welfare state, service and retail economy, neoliberal globalisation, post-industrial urbanism, power, austerity and contestation. Key features of the module are small group tutorials and local urban fieldwork.
Planet Under Threat – 20 credits
This module focuses on the major environmental challenges facing humanity and the wider biosphere from both human and physical geography perspectives such as climate change and global warming, biodiversity loss and species extinction, deforestation and desertification, flooding and extreme weather, food and energy shortages, and resource and territory conflicts that generate climate refugees. You will learn how to evaluate the range of political responses and potential solutions at different scales, assess the effectiveness of national and international environmental policies, and acquire a foundation for studying human and physical geography throughout the course.
Digital Geographies – 20 credits
A beginner’s guide to the important and rapidly changing world of geographical data analysis that blends new digital, mobile and spatial technologies with core numerical skills and conceptual understandings of how space and spatial relationships can be represented. You will learn basic techniques of data collection, analytics and mapping, how to design online surveys and collect data using smartphones and other GPS-enabled devices, as well as the potential uses and applications of data from policing to planning, and new forms of data such as crowdsourcing and twitter. The module also explores the pros and cons of citizen science versus designed experiments, as well as the politics and ethics of data use and representation.
Challenges in Transport and Mobility – 10 credits
Everybody needs to use the transport system as part of their daily lives and so we all have opinions about it based on our own personal experiences. But it is a much greater challenge to be able to see ‘the big picture’, as this requires a deeper understanding of: how current transport systems have evolved; what impacts they have on society, the economy and people’s lives; and what factors may help or hinder how we are able to travel in the future. This module will introduce you to a range of approaches (lectures, reading, tutorials and place-based case studies) to explore how travel and mobility contribute to quality of life.
Transport Policy in Action – 10 credits
This module is for students interested in the power and the limitations of transport policy and planning as it is enacted in the real world. It provides a framework for exploring the evidence about different transport policies, drawing on cases from the UK and throughout the world, highlighting instances of good practice and areas of difficulty. In doing so, we seek to facilitate students’ active engagement with live transport policy developments.
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
Research Approaches in Human Geography – 20 credits
This is an essential training programme for human geography students in the fundamentals of devising, conducting and writing up qualitative research so that you are equipped to conduct your own final year independent research project. You will first learn about the core ideas and scientific approaches underpinning human geography and be trained in the key skills of compiling, summarising and critically analysing different literatures and data sources. This is followed by training in research design, methodology and a variety of qualitative research methods before putting them into practice through conducting fieldwork, data collection, and data analysis in a research team.
Social and Spatial Data Analysis with GIS – 10 credits
This module provides human geography students with essential training in quantitative analysis such as social data statistics, spatial data analysis and the theory behind Geographical Information Systems (GIS). You will develop advanced skills in collecting, summarising, and manipulating data as well as exploring spatial data relationships through overlay analysis, sieve mapping, cluster analysis and classification, heatmaps, spatial trends, data projections, network analyses, digital elevation models, and regression. This will be complemented by exploring the potential uses and applications of spatial data through site and location suitability analyses.
Key Challenges in Transport and Society – 10 credits
This module develops your understanding of transport and travel and how it interacts with society at large. It focuses on the dynamic ways in which transport and travel influence and are influenced by society by addressing the social factors influencing and influenced by transport and travel, and how transport policy, provision and use can change in light of politics, protest and community engagement/action.
Exploring Transport and Society – 10 credits
Using a range of case studies, this module illustrates the ways in which theoretical concepts relating to interactions between transport, travel and society manifest themselves in our everyday lives. By addressing the social factors influencing and influenced by transport and travel, and by exploring in more depth the range of transport and travel cultures at play across society, and the power relations, ethics and contestations bound up with individual and organisational decisions on transport. For example, what are the transport consequences of migration policy decisions? Or how might cultural perspectives of different modes of transport be a barrier to successful transport policy implementation to increase walking and cycling to improve health?
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
Human Geography Dissertation – 40 credits
This module forms the pinnacle of your degree: a 10,000 word thesis based on an independent research project that is focused on a specific problem or question that you have devised. Doing a dissertation introduces you to the practicalities of doing research, from coming up with a topic, thinking about aims and objectives, planning and working through the different elements of your research (theoretical, empirical, analytical), and writing up your findings. You will be following a very similar process to the one that academics undertake when conducting research and writing books, reports or papers for journals.
Travel Activity Analysis – 10 credits
This module is designed for students considering a planning related career after they graduate. It focuses on quantitative modelling approaches to transport planning, provides experience of using them, and encourages students to explore their underlying theories and their roles in decision-making. Teaching involves practical hands-on experience of engaging with the SATURN congested assignment model, which we use to explore a range of potential planning interventions for north Leeds.
Social Analysis and Social Psychology for Transport – 10 credits
This module focuses on different theoretical perspectives for understanding travel behaviour such as Social Psychology, which are contrasted with traditional Transport Economics, with the purpose of considering their relevance and importance for good decision making. Students pool their skills to address a transport planning case study of north Leeds using future visioning techniques that include applying Social Psychology methods and exploring community engagement methods.
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
Throughout your degree you will benefit from a range of opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.
This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.
You’ll learn through a range of teaching methods, including lectures, tutorials, seminars, computer classes, lab practical classes, group-work, online exercises and fieldwork, depending on the modules you study.
Independent study is also an important part of this course and will develop your research and analytical skills in order to think and work independently.
You'll receive guidance and support throughout your degree, and there will be opportunities for extra support through one-to-one assistance, workshops and skills training. You will have a personal tutor all the way through your degree.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.
Watch our taster lectures to get a flavour of what it’s like to study at Leeds:
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
You’ll be assessed using a range of methods throughout the course. There will be timed examinations, essay and report writing, presentations, practical exercises, posters, blogs, vlogs, podcasts, research-based projects (such as the dissertation), briefing notes and reflective logs.
All assessments are closely tied to the learning objectives of the course to ensure you graduate equipped with cutting-edge knowledge and skills, as well as being structured to help you develop the key transferable qualities that employers are looking for within the workplace.
Assessments are reviewed annually to ensure they remain fair and inclusive, and to maintain an element of flexibility within module choices such that you can select a package of learning to best reflect your own learning style and long-term career goals.
A-level: AAB including one of the following subjects: Ancient History/History; Business/Business Studies; Classical Civilisation; Economics; English; Geography; Government and Politics; Law; Media Studies; Modern Languages or Ancient Languages; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology; Religious Studies; Sociology.
Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.
GCSE: English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 or above, or an appropriate English and Mathematics qualification. We will accept Level 2 Functional Skills English in lieu of GCSE English.
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), International Project Qualification (IPQ) and Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (ASCC): We recognise the value of this qualification and the effort and skills required to undertake it, where an applicant is taking the EPQ/IPQ/ASCC this may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. The EPQ/IPQ/ASCC taken with A-Levels, for example, could be ABB with an A in the EPQ/IPQ/ASCC.
Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, 30 credits with Distinction and the remaining 15 credits with Merit or above.
DDD in National Extended Diploma/3 National Extended Certificates in an accepted subject. We will accept a combination of BTECs and A-Levels.
Please contact us for further information.
D2, M2, M2 or D3, M1, M2 including an accepted subject.
35 points overall, with 16 points at higher level to include 5 points in an accepted subject.
AAAABB/H2H2H2H2H3H3 including an accepted subject.
AB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or A in an Advanced Higher and AABBB in Highers, or AAAABB in Highers. Must include an accepted subject.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Were 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 A Level offer: BBB plus a pass in the Access to Leeds scheme.
If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degrees, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. We offer a Studies in Science with Foundation Year BSc for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science with Foundation Year BSc for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.
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.
IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
UK: £9,250 (per year)
International: £24,750 (per year)
Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2022/23
For UK full-time undergraduate students starting in 2022/23 the fee will be £9,250. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by the government and may vary if policy changes.
Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students for 2023/24 have been agreed by the UK Government and will remain at the current fee level of £9,250. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by the government and may vary if policy changes.
Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 should be available on individual course pages from September 2022.
Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
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.
Because we recognise the value of field experience, the school heavily subsidises or covers transport and accommodation costs for compulsory taught field courses and many optional field trips. You will have to supplement the cost of some optional field trips.
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.
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.
Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
We may consider applications submitted after the deadline. Availability of courses in UCAS Extra will be detailed on UCAS at the appropriate stage in the cycle.
Read our guidance about applying and writing your personal statement.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK 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.
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A degree from Leeds and the experience you'll gain here will give you the edge to find the career you want. Your course will give you the experience and knowledge that employers are looking for to help you secure a graduate job.
University of Leeds students are among the top 5 most targeted by top employers according to The Graduate Market 2022, High Fliers Research.
If you choose to study Geography with Transport Studies 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 Transport Studies graduates, your employment opportunities couldn’t be more exciting and wide-ranging.
Examples of recent graduate destinations include:
Read profiles of our alumni to find out more about where some of our graduates are working.
At Leeds we help you to prepare for your future from day one. Our Leeds for Life initiative is designed to help you develop and demonstrate the skills and experience you need for when you graduate. We will help you to access opportunities across the University and record your key achievements so you are able to articulate them clearly and confidently.
You will be supported throughout your studies by our dedicated Employability team, who will provide you with specialist support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and industrial placements, as well as graduate positions. You’ll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers.
You will also have full access to the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.
This programme offers you the option to spend time abroad as an extra academic year and will extend your studies by 12 months.
Studying abroad is a unique opportunity to explore the world, whilst gaining invaluable skills and experience that could enhance your future employability and career prospects too.
From Europe to Asia, the USA to Australasia, we have many University partners worldwide you can apply to, spanning across some of the most popular destinations for students.
Once you’ve successfully completed your year abroad, you will be awarded the ‘international’ variant in your degree title which demonstrates your added experience to future employers.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
The graduate recruitment market is highly competitive so it’s important that you stand out. An industrial placement could be the opportunity you need to impress potential employers and improve your chances of securing the career you want.
Benefits of a work placement year:
If you decide to undertake a placement year, this will extend your period of study by 12 months and, on successful completion, you will be awarded the ‘industrial’ variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.
With the help and support of our dedicated Employability team, you can find the right placement to suit you and your future career goals.
Here are some examples of placements our students have recently completed:
During your industrial placement, you will have an industrial supervisor from within the company, plus an academic supervisor who will keep in touch throughout your placement.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
I’m currently paired with a successful alumni and am meeting with her to gain insight, advice and listen to her experience within the industry of NGOs and charity sectors.Find out more about Sofie Wimble's time at Leeds