MSci Geography (F803)

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UCAS code F803
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 164 overall for Single Honours Geography courses

About MSci Geography

This degree offers the opportunity to advance to Masters-level study. The first year of the Geography course at Bristol acts as a foundation, offering all students an advanced overview of both human and physical geography and a wide range of geographical and scientific skills.

The following three years are organised around specialist units which allow you to explore physical and human geography and their interface.

The physical geography units reflect the research skills of the staff in glaciology, hydrology and environmental change.

Human geography units provide an in-depth study of cultural, economic and social geography, with an emphasis on the importance of theory and methods for the analysis of contemporary geographical problems and policies. Topics considered range from economic development and global politics, to inequalities of health and contemporary social theory.

You also take core elements that develop your analytical skills, including the use of specialised computer software, statistics and data collection in the field.

More about Geography

Find out more about studying Geography at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Four core units:
    • Physical Geography
    • Human Geography
    • Geographical Practices
    • Geographical Methods
  • Two open units from wide range of options

Second year

  • Core unit: Spatial Modelling 2
  • Three specialist units chosen from:
    • Cryosphere
    • Floods, Flows and Erosion in River Basins
    • The Earth System
    • More-than-Human-Geographies: Ecological Imaginaries & Animal Geographies
    • Political Economy 2: State, Economy and Society
    • Philosophy, Social Theory and Geography
  • One of:
    • Research Methods in Physical Geography and Study and Field Skills in Physical Geography
    • Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography and Study and Field Skills in Human Geography

Third year

  • Dissertation and Study Skills
  • Other units selected according to the pathways followed in year two:
    • Sea level past, present and future
    • Catchment science: hydrology, ecology and management
    • Environmental Risks
    • Extreme Climates of the Past
    • Ice and Ocean in the Global Carbon Cycle
    • Future Climates
    • Colonial and Postcolonial Geographies
    • Advanced Topics in Critical Political Economy
    • Spatial Modelling 3

Fourth year

  • Choice of units building on the specialist units followed in years two and three:
    • Hydrological Modelling
    • Cryosphere 4
    • Environmental Change 4
    • Geographies of Time and Timing
    • Explanation, Causation and Longitudinal Analysis
    • Spatial Data Analysis, Spatial Regression Modelling and GIS in R
    • Affect, Technologies and Biopolitics
    • Researching Society and Space: Hermeneutics, Genealogy and Critical Theory
  • Extended Research Project.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Geography

Typical offer for MSci Geography - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
A*AA in any subject or AAA in three specific subjects*
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
38 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level in any subject or 36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level including three specific subjects*
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall with 17 points at Higher level
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction including 12 credits at Distinction in Geography or a core science and 15 credits at Merit
BTEC offer D*DD with Distinction in relevant units
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAA and AH: AA; or SH: AAAAB and AH: AA in two specific subjects*
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer88% overall or 85% overall including 8.5 in three specific subjects*
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

*Specific subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computing, Design and Technology – Product Design 3D, Environmental Studies, Further Maths, Geography, Geology, Human Biology, Information Communication Technology, Marine Science, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Grade B in Mathematics. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Not accepted

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application.

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) for the purpose of recognising the delivery of geographical knowledge, understanding, skills, approaches and attributes expected of high quality geography graduates.

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