Taught on our outstanding Brackenhurst Campus just north of Nottingham, this Geography degree explores the interaction between people and the environment. It will equip you with an understanding of a wide range of geographical issues, and prepare you for a successful career in a variety of fields.
Study Geography at NTU and you can split your time between our stunning, rural Brackenhurst Campus and the vibrant city of Nottingham, and explore a subject that is relevant and crucially important to today's world.
Why choose this course?
- Get the best of both worlds! Immerse yourself in the subject in our stunning outdoor classroom at Brackenhurst, but still be completely connected to student life and all the events, entertainment, clubs and societies that Nottingham has to offer.
- Learn from our experienced teaching staff who have expertise in a wide range of specialist areas including glaciology, natural hazards and water quality testing.
- Study in our new 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million campus Eco-library and benefit from free electronic access to the core text for each module.
- Undertake fieldwork on our very own Brackenhurst Campus, elsewhere in the UK and even in south-east Spain.
- Benefit from our strong links with employers and academic institutions by completing a year-long work placement.
- Take advantage of subsidised field trips as part of your course fee.
- This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
How you're taught
You will be taught through a variety of methods including group seminars, lectures and practical sessions.
- Year 1 coursework (67%), written (33%) and practical (0%).
- Year 2 coursework (84%), written (16%) and practical (0%).
- Year 3 coursework (100%), written (0%) and practical (0%).
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
- Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%), independent study (74%) and placements (0%).
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%), independent study (74%) and placements (0%).
- Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%) and placements (0%).
A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study.
Careers and employability
The skills you possess as a Geography graduate will enable you to choose an exciting career in one of many areas. For example, central and local governments offer roles in numerous departments dealing with aspects of:
- pollution monitoring
- disaster management
- flood prevention.
Charities employ geographers as:
- aid coordinators
- GIS specialists
- project managers.
Private companies employ:
- environmental consultants
- risk assessors
- GIS specialists.
You have the option to take on a placement for at least 38 weeks. This would take place between the second and third year of study. This can lead to a Certificate or Diploma in Professional Studies.
Previous students have undertaken placements at organisations like:
- The Environment Agency
- Wildlife Trusts
- Nottingham City Council
- The Forestry Commission
The core module Geographical Fieldwork in the first year of the course provides a unique opportunity to:
- explore concepts
- further develop skills that you have learnt in the classroom in real world situations.
The module will involve extensive fieldwork in the UK and a contrasting Mediterranean setting where a week's residential fieldwork is carried out.
Where will I study?
Brackenhurst Campus is a 200 hectare country estate that provides the ideal location to study both the physical and human elements of a geography degree.
We have a lively community of students at Brackenhurst supported by:
- modern accommodation
- a Students' Union and bar
- sports pitches
- a library.
However, if you prefer city living you can commute from Nottingham in 45 minutes by bus. Study Geography at NTU and you can split your time between our stunning Brackenhurst Campus and the vibrant city of Nottingham. Live on campus or in the city – it's your experience, your choice.
You will find a range of both physical and human environments for you to gain experience of geography in action around Nottinghamshire. Your studies will take place in the serenity of the picturesque Brackenhurst Campus.
Our 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million pound campus library opened in 2013. The library building uses energy-efficient and low-carbon initiatives such as photovoltaic panels, LED lighting, intelligent lighting control, heat-reclaim ventilation during winter, renewable cladding materials, locally sourced materials and water-leak detection systems.
Green Flag status
Brackenhurst campus has been awarded Green Flag status, a national award recognising green spaces throughout the country. We received the award along with other notable green spaces such as Kensington Gardens, Regent's Park and St James' Park.