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BSc Geography

Catalog id : F800
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
3 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
16250 GBP
National
9000 GBP
EU
9000 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Department
Department of Geography
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
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About this course

This degree programme in the heart of London covers the main branches of geography and offers a wide range of modules; students should choose modules that are predominantly physical geography for the BSc pathway. Working and studying at the frontiers of research are considered essential components of a successful geography degree.


Key benefits
One of the largest geography departments in the country, providing state-of-the-art modules in a wide range of disciplines.
Amongst the best geography departments in the world, students are taught by academics who are acknowledged leaders in their fields.
Recently refurbished accommodation offers high quality teaching and social facilities.
Central London location allows access to numerous libraries as well as the cultural and other facilities offered by one of the world's great cities.
Graduates go on to have successful careers in a range of different sectors, including the financial services industries, non-governmental organisations, and research.

Description
This programme covers the main branches of geography whilst offering a wide choice of module options. The programme comprises a total of 360 credits taken over three years. Students registered for a BSc are expected to choose predominantly physical geography modules. 

The third year includes a compulsory dissertation, known as the Independent Geographical Study (or IGS), which involves individual research. Students are always encouraged to undertake their own research, whether it is for coursework, practicals or the IGS. Working and studying at the frontiers of research are considered essential components of a successful geography degree.

Teaching style
One of the largest geography departments in the UK, we provide state-of-the-art BSc and BA geography programmes taught by acknowledged leaders in their fields. We use a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials together with workshops, laboratory sessions and field trips to teach a very wide range of modules covering all areas of geography. This means that students are taught large volumes of information, yet have the opportunity to process, synthesise and discuss what they have been taught in small groups and one-to-one sessions with academic staff. Combinations of one-term and two-term modules are available with greater emphasis on optional modules as you progress through the degree.

Structure of course and assessment
Students take 120 credits each year comprising a mix of 30 and 15 credit modules. After a set of core introductory modules in the first year, students have the opportunity to specialise by following research-rich pathways in human, physical, development and integrative geography. In the final year, all students undertake an independent geographical study which is research-based and for which they receive individual tutorial support from an expert in the field. Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations, coursework and presentations designed to make up a variety of assessment types. All students receive a dedicated personal tutor drawn from the faculty to advise and support them throughout their degree experience. Students need to pass 120 credits each year.

Programme Themes

In the first year students study a combination of modules covering the main themes of Geography. Students will be able to select whether to pursue a BA or a BSc pathway from the start of the second term. From year two you will specialise further, with one of five different themes: Development Geography; Urban & Cultural Geography; Geocomputation & Spatial Analysis; Physical Geography; and Society, Environment & Geography. Each theme consists of specialist modules and field work. These themes provide opportunities to follow your own specific interests in different fields of the subject. They also allow you to learn advanced analytical and technical skills that can be applied to understanding a range of real world issues. You should graduate with a defined set of skills, determined by your pathway and appropriate to specific careers where your learning can be valued and used.

Location
In 2006 the Department of Geography moved into extensively refurbished accommodation in the King’s Building on the Strand. This refurbishment programme has created a state-of-the-art environment for the Department’s teaching and research activities and the maximisation of the student experience. Examples include high-level provision of lecture theatres, laboratories, computer suites and social facilities, all right in the centre of London.

London is our laboratory

London provides an unrivalled set of learning opportunities. We use London in many different ways to explore the physical and human geography of the city. The Field Activity Week in year one is an opportunity to explore different facets of London’s geography and to try out some field work techniques. London is also the focus of several modules, ranging from its historical development to the challenges posed for the city by climate change. Field trips accompany these modules and several take place linked to specific modules in human geography. Our methods teaching in all years use geographical data relating to London as a way of learning new analytical and mapping techniques as well as finding out about the city itself. In these many ways, London is our laboratory.

Special notes
The second year geography field trips are currently self-funded, in part. Wherever possible, the Geography Department tries to provide substantial bursaries to help towards these costs. Currently (2015), field trip costs, to the students are:

BSc field trip destinations:

Morocco - £300
Western Ghats - £600
San Francisco (BSc Geocomputation students only) - £600
Second year field trips currently take place at the end of Semester One of the second year of the programme. Students will be informed of the likely field trip costs in the second semester of their first year of study. Payments are usually required by the end of November of the second year, but this may change if the timings of the field trips alter.

In addition, students may need to pay to obtain a visa to attend overseas field trips. Visa regulations and costs vary and are outside the control of King’s College London. Students are advised to check visa requirements for the advertised field trips to ensure that they are eligible to apply for a visa for the field trip destinations offered. Students will also be responsible for additional costs, including, but not limited to, passport renewal, medical vaccinations, travel to and from the airport, subsistence and free time activities.

Module related field visits (non-residential), may incur additional costs, but these will be limited to the cost of a travel ticket and/or the cost of subsistence, if applicable.

anchor-pointCareer prospects
Geography at degree level provides a broad education leading to a range of opportunities to pursue a career doing further research or finding employment in a range of sectors, from London’s financial services industries to non-governmental organisations in areas such as development and environmental justice. The university’s Careers Service ensures that a very high percentage of graduates find suitable employment on leaving the programme.

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Eligibility Criteria

Required grades:

AAB
Required subjects
None

IELTS Academic Version

7.0 overall with 6.5 in each skill

TOEFL iBT

100 overall with 25 in writing and 23 in the other skills

Pearson test of English (Academic)

69 overall with 62 in each skill

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

Pre January 2015: B

Post January 2015: 185 overall with 176 in each skill

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

Pre January 2015: A

Post January 2015: 185 overall with 176 in each skill

Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

Level III (ISEIII) with merit in each skill

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

A-levels: AAB at A-Level.  In addition, GCSE Mathematics and English both at minimum grade B.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. In addition, GCSE Mathematics and English both at minimum grade B.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2.  In addition, GCSE Mathematics and English both at minimum grade B. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA. In addition, GCSE Mathematics and English both at minimum grade B.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA. In addition, GCSE Mathematics and English both at minimum grade B.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA. In addition, GCSE Mathematics and English both at minimum grade B.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers, In addition, Mathematics and English both at minimum Intermediate 2/Standard Credit 1 or 2/National 5 (if not offered at Higher/Advanced Higher).

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. In addition, GCSE Mathematics and English both at minimum grade B (where taken).

 

Selection procedure
Application deadline: 15 January 2016

 

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Course Modules

Year 1

Currently, students study the following core modules (all are 15 credits unless otherwise indicated). If there are optional modules available the current choices are also shown. King's reviews its optional modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the Department for further advice. Students must take and pass 120 credits each year. All compulsory modules and core modules must be taken and passed.

Students on the BSc programme may specialise in either Geocomputation & Spatial Analysis or Physical Geography.


Students study a combination of modules, listed below.


Required Modules
Geography Tutorials: critical thinking & techniques (30 credits)
Principles of Geographical Inquiry I (30 credits)
Geographical Foundations 1: the making of the modern world ( 15 credits)
The Changing Natural Environment 1 ( 15 credits)
Geography in Action (15 credits)
The Changing Natural Environment 2 ( 15 credits)

Year 2

Students will select a theme and will take compulsory modules relating to that theme, in addition to a range of choice from optional modules. Compulsory modules will reflect the following study themes:

 


Required Modules
Field Research in Physical Geography (15 credits)
BSc Geography Research Tutorials (15 credits)
Geographical Research Skills (15 credits)
Compulsory themed modules, each worth 15 credits, will cover the following broad research areas (students will select ONE theme):

Physical Geography
Geocomputation & Spatial Analysis*
*Note: Geocomputation & Spatial Analysis students are required to take 2 x 15 credit compulsory thematic module

Optional Modules
We offer a range of optional modules which usually reflect the specific current research of members of our academic team, this is in keeping with King’s reputation as a research university and also ensures that our degree programmes are relevant. Therefore, not all module options will be available every year and may change, subject to staff availability. New modules may also be added. All modules are 15 credits, unless stated otherwise. Students must select modules to the value of 60 credits to complete the year. 

Optional modules may include:

Natural Hazards
Landscapes: Ecology, Biogeography & Management
Climate Variability, Change & Society
Environmental Remote Sensing
Global Environmental Issues: Science & Solutions
Earth Surface Processes & Landforms
In addition, students are permitted to take one of the modules from a different theme, as an optional module. Students can also take any of the modules on the BA programme, which could include:

Historical Geographies of Urbanism
Urban Geography: Exploring the City
Territory, State & Nation
The Nature of the Environment
Water & Development
Cities and Citizenship
Up to 30 credits can also be taken from outside the Department, subject to approval from the Chair of Teaching.

Year 3

In the third year of the programme, the themes will develop further, with one compulsory 15 credit thematic module relating to the following research areas:

Physical Geography
Geocomputation & Spatial Analysis

Required Modules
Independent Geographical Study (dissertation) (30 credits)

Compulsory themed modules, each worth 15 credits, will cover the following broad research areas (students will select ONE theme):

Physical Geography (15 credits) (subject to module name change)
Geocomputation & Spatial Analysis (15 credits) (subject to module name change)
Optional Modules
We offer a range of optional modules which usually reflect the specific current research of members of our academic team, this is in keeping with King’s reputation as a research university and also ensures that our degree programmes are relevant. Therefore, not all module options will be available every year and may change, subject to staff availability. New modules may also be added. All modules are 15 credits, unless stated otherwise.  Students must select modules to the value of 75 credits to complete the year.

Optional modules may include:

Advanced Issues in Natural & Environmental Hazards (15 credits)
Global Environmental Change I: Climate Science (15 credits)
Global Environmental Change II: Earth System Dynamics (15 credits)
Environmental Remote Sensing II (15 credits)
Desert Environments (15 credits)
Tropical Forests in a Changing Environment (15 credits)
Directed Readings in Geography (15 credits)
In addition, students can also take any of the modules on the BA Geography programme, which could include:

Health, Lifestyles & Cities (15 credits)
The Right to the City (15 credits)
Hollywood & the Post Industrial City (15 credits)
Geopolitics: Power & Place (15 credits)
Economy, Society & Politics in 19th Century London (15 credits)
Political Economy of Hazardscapes (15 credits)
Global Political Ecology (15 credits)
Histories & Geographies of Climate Change (15 credits)
Environmental Risk, Governance & Society (15 credits)
Economic & Social Change in Southern Africa (15 credits)
Up to 30 credits can also be taken from outside the Department subject to approval from the Chair of Teaching.

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How to Apply

Deadline: 15 January 2016

If your completed application is submitted by the deadline your application is guaranteed to be considered. You might be able to apply after the deadline but check with the course provider first.

Application guidance

International, EU and other qualifications
The qualifications here on the UCAS site are only a small sample of the qualifications and exams which will be accepted. King's accepts a wide range of international students each year, and our Admissions Office is experienced in assessing and advising on entry requirements from outside the UK. Please see www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus for your chosen programme and links to our International Entry Requirements.
English Language requirements
If English isn't your first language, please check our English Language requirements webpage for details of acceptable proficiency tests and levels: www.kcl.ac.uk/study/ug/admissions/language/english.aspx. You can also find details here about our pre-sessional English programmes and our International Foundation programmes.

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UCAS has three key functions:
Course search: allows you to search for courses throughout the UK. Remember to always check King's online prospectus for the most detailed information on King's courses.
Apply: the UCAS online application system. You should use this to make your application(s) to King's. 'Apply' will allow you to apply to several different universities and/or courses at once.
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Please read the following guidelines before making your application:


When should I apply?
You can apply to UCAS from 1 September for entry the following autumn, but remember you can start doing your research, attending open days, and preparing your personal statement earlier than this.

The normal closing date for receipt of applications is 15 January. However if you are including Oxford or Cambridge, or to Medicine or Dentistry, then the closing date is 15 October in the year prior to entry. 

The UCAS website states a more flexible deadline for international students, however, any application received by King's after the above dates is considered late. See our key dates webpage for further details.


How do I use UCAS?
UCAS allows you to apply to a maximum of five courses per year, but only four of those may be Medicine/Dentistry courses.

You will need to create an account in UCAS 'Apply' and complete an application form. Your application will then be forwarded by UCAS to all of the universities you have applied to for us to consider.

If you have participated in a King's widening participation scheme such as K+, please ensure you note this in your application as advised by the Widening Participation team.

UCAS has detailed instructions on the UCAS website.

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