BSc single honours or in combination with another subject Geography 2017/18

Year of entry

95% of our most recent BSc (Hons) Geography students were in jobs or further study 6 months after finishing their course.

DLHE 2014-15

Our Geography course reflects the diversity and scope of the subject and introduces you to the major changes in the contemporary world and to the diversity of places, cultures and environments. Staff are involved in a number of exciting research projects which feed into our teaching, and enjoy keen engagement with students throughout the course.

We teach Geography as an applied discipline that gives you a wide range of employment options as a graduate. The main features of our Geography degree include the opportunity for fieldwork in each year, and an emphasis on specialist and transferable skills which will help you in everyday life, further study and employment.

We are a small and caring team of geographers in the attractive, historical and vibrant city of Canterbury. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly we offer a valuable teaching and learning in a friendly and supportive environment, where you are not just another face in the crowd. 

Martin Davis, a former student has gone on to extend his undergraduate research project on Soviet mapping into a PhD and is now a university instructor. Martin said: "My undergraduate degree was an excellent stepping-stone into research and also taught me a wide range of technical skills in geographic information systems (GIS) that I now teach to a new generation of students."

The Geography tutors at Canterbury Christ Church have a passion for geography and we wish to share this with you. We are small enough to get to know you personally and our relatively small class sizes help us to maintain a friendly and supportive learning environment. If you think this is an environment where you would thrive, this could be the right course for you. 

"The thing I enjoyed most about my Geography degree was the diversity of the programme and the different areas of geography that you could focus on. I think all the members of staff do well to integrate the students into a close group, making the Geography department a very close-knit bunch – for example the second year field trip to Malta.”

Geography graduate

94% of Geography graduates were in employment or further study six months after completing their studies.

DLHE 2013-14

The first year follows a common core of six modules which provides the basis for the degree, introducing basic concepts, integrating data collection and analysis, and combining theory and practice in both physical and human geography at a variety of scales from local to global. The importance of understanding issues in sustainable development is introduced and embedded within these modules.

The second and third years allow you to develop a degree which suits your particular interests and career aspirations. You will have a choice from a range of human and physical geography modules in addition to modules in GIS.

In addition to fieldwork undertaken as part of the degree, optional field visits to Dublin and Berlin are run most years.

Work experience

Our Geography students have had the opportunity to undertake work-related experience through summer internships. These include both funded internships through the university, or those organised by the students themselves with outside organisations.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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Recent examples include a habitat and biodiversity survey of the university's estate, including use of a geographical information system (GIS), and another involved to research into cartography in the news media's coverage of geopolitical and environmental issues. An example of an external internship included work for a company to analyse the impact of air traffic noise from London's airports on house prices.

Professor Peter Vujakovic is an Associate Editor (and former Chief Editor) of The Cartographic Journal. Peter is a contributing author to The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World.

Other information

Up to two year two Single Honours Geography students are able to undertake their second year modules in the Geography Department at Lethbridge University, Canada, as part of the Geography Exchange Programme.

The Exchange has run successfully for over 10 years, with students stating what a great experience it is both academically and as a life experience. This exchange programme carries credit for the students who have their grades translated back to the home university and thus count towards their final degree classification.

Year one

Core modules

Discovering Geography

This module provides an introduction to a range of fundamental geographical methods, techniques and resources that are relevant to studying social and physical environments at a number of spatial scales. It introduces, applies and develops basic geographical field, cartographic and analytical techniques both statistical and non-statistical, together with the relevant key concepts, in a range of practical projects and/or exercises many of which are needed for year two modules and that are relevant in the workplace. You will be expected to learn independently and with others and to communicate the results of work both in written form and verbally.

Geography of a Changing World

This introductory module provides a broad synthesis of contemporary thinking within human geography. The module places an emphasis on the explanation of spatial differentiation phenomena at a variety of scales from the global to the local. The module specifically focuses on issues of inequality and unequal dependence within the modern world system, through the recognition of core-periphery relationships and the importance of globalisation. It examines the evolution of core and periphery relationships, and the emergence of a semi-periphery in detail.

The Physical Environment

This introductory module examines the broad area of environmental geography. It develops awareness of the essential concepts, principles and theories of how environmental processes work at a range of scales and starts to challenge some commonly held pre-conceptions. The module adopts an integrated, systematic approach to physical geography and starts by discussing how the nature of the discipline has developed over time. The module develops an understanding of a selection of environmental processes (geomorphological, biogeographical, oceanic and atmospheric) and shows how these processes are dynamic, can cause change and may be applied to sustainable management of the environment.

World Regional Geography

In an ever more globalised world it is more important now than ever before to appreciate the diversity of landscapes, people and cultures around the globe. As globalisation makes the world an ever smaller place it is imperative that geographers today have a sound knowledge of the world in which they live. This module, therefore, develops a basic knowledge of places and their characteristics and provides a global view of world geography. The module explores every world region, so that you familiarise yourself with the world you live in.

Likely optional modules

Year one: Single Honours students may wish to take a language module, in which case they can opt out of one of these modules.

People, Nature and Place

This module introduces key ideas concerning the relationship between people and the environment and changing views of the natural world. The module investigates how geography and related disciplines have viewed the relationship between society and the natural environment and develops understanding of both the impact of the environment on society (from environmental determinism to ideas of socially constructed nature) and the recognition of human agency in the landscape. It explores the impact of demographic, technological and economic pressures associated with societal development and processes of globalisation on environmental resources and their role in the growth of the concept of sustainable development.

Settlement of South East England

This module explores the changing human environment of south east England at successive phases in the sequence of settlement, from prehistory to the present. The module demonstrates the need for a historical perspective in understanding the characteristics of cultural landscapes and uses a series of case studies to explore the interplay between settlement and environment, in response to technological and social change over time. This will be complemented by an examination of contemporary issues relating to strategic planning and settlement policy in England’s most crowded region to enhance awareness both of the dilemmas which planners face and also of the fundamental importance of geographical factors in the formulation of settlement policy.

Year two

Core modules

Geography and Geographers

Geography and Geographers has a central role within the geography course. The module is a pre-requisite for the Field Investigation module and Independent Geographical Study modules. The principal aim of the module is to introduce you to the scope and academic identity of geography as a discipline by identifying significant phases in geography’s academic development and examining its changing relationship with other disciplines. The module emphasises the relevance of geography to social and environmental issues and evaluates the role of the geographer in environmental management and spatial planning. By emphasising the identity of the discipline, the module provides a focus for reflection on possible future careers. In doing so, the module introduces different academic research methodologies and shows how these can be used to investigate specific problems.

Field Investigation in Geography

Field Investigation in Geography is a residential field module undertaken in Malta that reaffirms the active engagement with the wider world, which is a hallmark of a geographical education. An important aim of the module is to enable you to appreciate that universal processes and relationships are modified at local scales by the particular characteristics of individual places. The module provides an invaluable opportunity to undertake structured investigations in an unfamiliar geographical setting, drawing especially on the methods and techniques introduced within the Geography and Geographers module. The module introduces general procedural matters relating to good field work practice and a range of field survey techniques, some of which will be practised during a residential field week. This will ensure that those students who undertake a field-based Independent Geographical Study in year three are sufficiently prepared.

The week involves a common academic programme on certain days, ensuring that all students are introduced to the major policy issues relating, for example, to environmental conflict and spatial management. However, further opportunities are given to explore particular themes, either in human or physical geography, depending on your academic background and interests. The week culminates with work on small group projects, on topics selected by students in consultation with staff.

Likely optional modules

Biogeography and Landscape Ecology

This module examines the distribution of organisms and soils in space and time, and the environmental factors, including anthropogenic, that determine or limit these distributions. The module introduces landscape ecology and its importance in conservation management. It also introduces the world’s major biomes and more detailed study of habitats and micro habitats by drawing on a range of areas within the geographic and life sciences such as geology, climatology, palaeontology, plant and animal systematics, evolution and ecology. Biogeographical and landscape ecological processes are also important to other fields of geography; for example food production systems, sustainable livelihoods, etc., and the module examines human impacts on biogeographic systems the means by which these systems can be managed in a sustainable manner.

Environment and Development

Understanding the environmental problems facing the countries of the developing world and encouraging critical evaluation of various approaches to solving these problems is essential for managing environmental resources on a sustainable basis. This module examines these issues within the context of the historical legacy of colonialism and its environmental impacts, and the contemporary world economic and (geo)political system. It introduces and evaluates theories of development and how these affect the understanding of the exploitation of environmental resources of developing areas. It examines the evolution of varying forms of ‘environmentalism’ relating to developing areas. Environmentalist philosophies, as these underpin action, can be broadly divided into ‘technocentric’ and ‘ecocentric’ – a broad division which is utilised in the module to evaluate the nature and success of specific approaches to dealing with environmental problems. The module also explores a range of management approaches and techniques to evaluate their appropriateness for sustainable development.

The Geography of North America

This module develops understanding of the contemporary geography of the USA and Canada and reflects upon the dominant processes of spatial change in these two countries. It critically and objectively makes the links between society and environment using primary sources of data and information. The module adopts a thematic approach with frequent reference to regions so that your can appreciate the wide variations in regional equality and regional development.


Understanding the well-established principles of process geomorphology is a prerequisite for any environmental management. This module examines the processes that operate within a selection of geomorphological systems and shows the relationship between process and landform at a range of scales within a modern conceptual framework. This module includes a field exercise that provides data that are used for critical analysis, problem solving and interpretation an environment and to produce a reasoned scientific argument structured as a research paper.

Introduction to Mapping and GIS

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) have been utilised for over quarter of a century, however, there is still a rapid growth in the applications of GIS to a wide range of business, public and academic fields. This module provides the practical and theoretical aspects of GIS and the fundamentals of cartographic design required to produce meaningful GIS results. To appreciate the potential and scope of GIS, an exploration of the core aspects (principles) of the subject is made, concluding with a variety of relevant case studies. Given the desirability of acquiring a large degree of practical software skills, in a number of complex and varied programmes, a substantial aim of the module is to provide ‘hands-on’ use of GIS, using industry standard hardware and software.

New Europe: Uneven Development

The aim of the module is to introduce the contemporary human geography of Europe. The module draws primarily on case study material relating to continental Europe. It explores regional inequalities and uneven development. A particular emphasis is placed on population geography as an integrating theme through which current issues relating to migration, ethnic patterns and population structures can be examined at various geographical scales. In addition the module examines the dramatic economic transformation that Europe has experienced over the last few decades in the context of globalisation and European integration.

Understanding Past Climate Change

Climate change is a critical concern these days, but many argue that to understand today’s climate change fully we have to understand how climates have changed in the past. This module examines the methods used by scientists to reconstruct past climates and environments and examines the theories proposed to explain the changes identified. It provides a geological context for understanding present day environmental problems and develops an awareness of the interaction between oceanic, atmospheric and cryospheric systems in explaining change.

Year three

Core modules

Independent Geographical Study

The Independent Geographical Study is the culmination of your learning experience in Geography. It draws upon the wide range of intellectual and key skills developed throughout the course, and applies those skills towards the completion of an individual and substantial piece of research work related to an area of interest within Geography. In consultation with, and support of, your supervisor, you will select a topic for investigation using primary and/or secondary data. You will take responsibility for your own learning and need to display individual thought and initiative in the analysis and interpretation of the geographical issues studied.

Likely optional modules

Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing

This module further develops your critical understanding of the practical and theoretical aspects of GIS. It builds on the understanding and skills developed in the Introduction to Mapping and GIS module taken in year two (a prerequisite for this module). It aims to develop an understanding of a range of theoretical perspectives including point, area and network spatial analyses, plus associated areas such as map generalisation, data error problems, data standards, digital terrain analysis, remote sensing and image generation and manipulation that will allow students to apply GIS to real geographical issues.

Applied Physical Geography: Climate and Society

This module examines how society uses the climatic environment and investigates how climatic change during the latter part of the Holocene has affected society. The module aims to develop understanding of the reciprocal relationship between the physical and human environments by examining how human activity uses, alters and is altered by climatic processes. Since scientists believe that increasing use of the atmospheric system is likely to increase future climatic change (‘global warming’), and that this may increasingly threaten human societies, the module aims to examine the possible environmental impacts and critically evaluate issues associated with managing the environment.

Cities: Society, Economy and Space

In the 21st century, cities are once again at the centre of intellectual and political debate; for the first time in history the majority of the world’s population live in cities. This module examines the historical and contemporary processes producing the differentiation of urban space at a range of geographical scales from the global to the neighbourhood. It provides a detailed introduction to urban geography with a comparative international perspective and examines the changing and developing geographies of cities, the interdependent processes that bring about urbanisation and the spatial processes that affect contemporary society.

The Countryside: Conservation and Management

This module investigates countryside and rural planning policies and associated management issues, as well as introducing specific conservation and management approaches and techniques. A major theme is the study of land as a multiple resource, with emphasis on conflicting interests and uses. The module concentrates on the United Kingdom, but draws on material from Europe and elsewhere as appropriate. The past, present and future of countryside conservation is inherently linked to changing patterns of land use and to the economic, social and political processes and pressures which contribute to change.

Global Economic Systems

The aim of the module is to familiarise you with key themes in the study of economic geography and associated systems and enable you to situate economic geography within a wider understanding of geography. In particular the module focuses on spatial outcomes of economic theory, policy and issues at a variety of spatial scales. In a globalising world it is important that you recognise the role the economic decision making process plays in conceptualising the distinctive nature of particular places while also highlighting difference and inequality between places. The module aims to emphasise the dynamic nature of the global economy so as to provide an understanding of, and framework for, change at more localised levels.

Regions of Risk: Human and Environmental Security

There is an increasing public awareness of the nature and importance of natural hazards and their potential effects on humans and the environment. The module aims to introduce the spatial and social dimensions of vulnerability to hazards by examining the connections between the risks people face and the reasons for their vulnerability. In recent years, the redistribution of risk has created conditions for natural and technological disasters to become more widespread, more difficult to manage, and more discriminatory in their effects. It critically examines why geophysical or biological events are often implicated in some way as the trigger event or the main link in a chain of causes in disasters yet there are social, economic and political factors that cause people’s vulnerability and influence how hazards affect people in differing ways and with differing intensity.

Space, Place and Politics

This module examines the scope and methods of political geography as a dynamic subfield within human geography and demonstrates its relevance to specific contemporary issues. It highlights the central role of territorial questions as a potential cause of regional conflict and explores the relationships between spatial and political structures and processes, at a range of geographical scales from the regional to the global. The module encourages a reflective and critical engagement with current issues relating to place and identity by exploring the interplay between regional, national and transnational allegiances, especially in a European context. The module also interprets the unstable global geopolitics of the post-Cold War world, using appropriate geopolitical models as a framework.

A Geography degree develops a wide range of skills that are demanded in the work place. Some of the specialist skills that we develop, such as proficiency in the use of geographical information systems (GIS) have proven to be especially useful for those based in local authority planning departments or working for public bodies such as Transport for London, the National Health Service and the Environment Agency.

Our graduates have entered a wide range of careers, both in the public and private sectors. These include cartographer, chartered surveyor, Environment Agency, environmental consultancy, GIS manager, journalism, local government officer, nature conservation officer, remote sensing scientist, retail manager, teacher (primary and secondary), town and country planner.

“My Geography degree has meant that employers have seen me as a diverse individual that can adapt to many roles. Studying geography does not limit what you can do after your degree, but only enhances it. There are so many opportunities available with a geography degree, and not just in the field directly related to geography itself."

Tom Sycamore, Geography graduate, graduate management trainee


The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

Full-time £9,250*  £11,000** 
Part-time £4,625  N/A 

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Field Trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc)

Trips to Dublin (a weekend) and Berlin (4-5 days) may be offered as optional extra-curricular activities. The Dublin trip is usually made available to first and second year students, while the Berlin trip is available to second and third year students. The cost of the trips will depend on numbers involved and the details of the trip organised.

Single Honours students and Combined Honours students opting to take the Field Investigation module in the second year will also require a valid UK passport (NB: for non-UK residents a visa may be required).

Clothing / Kit

Geography at Christ Church involves a reasonable amount of fieldwork which, in the UK, can be done a wide range of weather conditions. It is essential, therefore, that you have appropriate clothing. Nothing that you need is particularly expensive, but the following are likely to be required at some point:

  • Field clothing, including sturdy footwear and a waterproof (not showerproof) jacket.
  • Small backpack and A4 clipboard

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Dr Alex Kent is Vice-President of The British Cartographic Society, Chair of the ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping, and Editor of The Cartographic Journal.

Each taught module usually has two hours of student contact per week although in some weeks two modules are combined to allow fieldwork to take place within the modules. You will also be expected to engage in 200 hours of self-directed study per taught module.

Geography at Christ Church employs a wide range of approaches to learning, teaching and assessment. These include lectures, seminars, tutorials, field-based activities, laboratory and computer practical classes, group work, role play and workshops where you will study in an informative and participative environment. For all teaching styles, appropriate guidance will be provided on the skills and reading materials needed to support your work. Learning to apply the knowledge gained is achieved by using of case studies and especially through fieldwork. This enables you to apply your classroom learning in the more challenging field environment and to appreciate that general processes and relationships are substantially modified by the particular characteristics of individual places.

Academic input

There are currently eight experienced staff who teach on the course supported by two university instructors (half time academics) and one technician. In January 2016 there was one professor, one reader, one principal lecturer and five senior lecturers. The Section is also supported by a professional services team comprising nine specialist roles.

A particular feature of the degree is the range of assessment methods employed. These reflect the nature and learning experience of each module and ensure that you are able to develop and demonstrate your ability in a wide range of skills. The methods of assessment used in geography include essays and project reports (including field reports), individual and group oral presentations, portfolios, poster presentations, computer-based assignments (including both quantitative analysis and cartographic work), in addition to examinations.

The largest piece of work, the final year Independent Study, gives you the opportunity to work independently on a topic of choice and to produce a dissertation. This is designed to allow you to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have developed during your degree. Accordingly, assessment procedures will take account of not only your newly acquired knowledge and skills, but also the process of developing skills and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in the world of work. You will also be encouraged to develop skills of enterprise and self-confidence to equip you for your future career or for postgraduate studies. 

Geography students have access to a dedicated Resource Centre in addition to the University’s open access computer rooms. All the computers in the Centre have ArcGIS installed and there is a Geography Technician close at hand if you run into difficulties.

Another important online resource of our Geography degree is Edina Digimap, which provides access to Ordnance Survey digital mapping data. In addition to the standard package of mapping data, the University also subscribes to Historic Digimap. A range of hi-tech equipment such as GPS and laser rangefinders is available for use in the field.

We have strong links with the British Cartographic Society (BCS) and the Trust for Conservation Volunteers (TCV) which we use for training in field techniques and volunteering, for example.


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UCAS code

  • L700 Geography

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time

    6 years part-time


  • September 2017

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be 112 UCAS Tariff points. An A-level at Grade C (or equivalent) in geography is required for single honours only.More entry requirement details.



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