Human Geography with a year in Professional Practice (BSc (Hons))

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
- 4 years

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How you will study
full-time, part-time

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About Human Geography with a year in Professional Practice at University of Kent

Our programme is a fusion of major geographic themes such as social and cultural geography, economics and development studies, and environmental and landscape planning, with expertise from across the University of Kent including Law, Sociology, Anthropology and Biodiversity Conservation. This exciting approach ensures your learning is grounded firmly in traditional studies of human geography but with opportunities to expand your knowledge beyond a conventional geography course.

At its heart, this programme seeks to give students a deep understanding of why the world is changing so quickly, and how these changes affect the environment, culture and economies at local, national and global scales. We also seek to produce graduates with a rich set of skills required for a dynamic and successful career in the business world, government agencies, NGOs, education and development. 

You study at our Canterbury campus, which is not only beautiful, scenic and rich in history, but perfectly positioned for those with an interest in human geography. Kent is culturally and economically diverse, and our excellent location and proximity to Europe enable us to maximise our strong research and business links. 


To celebrate the launch of this new programme, we are offering up to ten £2,000 'Future Leadership' scholarships for applicants commencing the BSc Human Geography in September 2019.  The scholarship recognises academic excellence and the contribution students can make to our geography research community. Full terms and conditions are available via the Scholarships Finder.

Our degree programme

Each year, you engage with core modules that establish your foundational understanding, brought to life through innovative and practical opportunities for learning; these include regular field work and hands-on approaches to analytical tools such as geographic information systems and remote sensing imagery.  

The programme has been designed to give you a strong core of Geography modules such as Environmental Sustainability, People and Place, Geographies of Environmental Change, History and Philosophy of Geography, and Geographical Patterns and Processes. 

A large suite of optional modules allows you to tailor your degree to the areas that most interest you, or you can expand into new territory, for example anthropology, biodiversity conservation or project management. Additionally, you could choose to take some ‘wild modules’, which allows you to study topics offered by a range of schools across the University, including economics, politics, sociology, law and languages.  This structure provides you with flexibility, choice, creativity and the opportunity to indulge a wide range of passions.

More detailed information about the modules offered across the programme can be found within the ‘Course structure’ information.

Developing knowledge and skills for your future employment forms a core principle of this programme. Each module contains opportunities for you to develop and strengthen your competence as a geographer as well as the skills sought by employers, for example analytical writing, oral presentations, team working, leadership, initiative and time management. More details on careers and employability are available in the ‘Careers’ section.

Year in professional practice

The year in professional practice is a wonderful opportunity to spend up to a year, between the second and final years, undertaking work placements with organisations relevant to your degree programme. You spend a minimum of 24 weeks on placement at one or more organisations. Placements can be at home or abroad and give you the opportunity to apply your academic skills in a practical context, offering you rare and unique experiences which will set you apart.  Previous placements have included: consultancy for Afzelia Limited, Zambia; surveying with the Danau Girang Field Centre, Borneo; project co-ordination for the Uganda Conservation Foundation; project work for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Germany; wildlife crime mapping for the Freeland India Consultants Private Limited; and small animal and bear monitoring for the Administration of Rodna Mountains National Park, Romania.

Alternatively, you can take our three-year Human Geography degree, without a work placement. For details, see Human Geography (Hons) BSc.

Field trips

Practical learning is an essential foundation of this programme.  Our field courses allow you to apply what has been taught to real-world situations, develop field skills and practise your research skills, as well as being excellent ways to build friendships with staff and students. The first year provides numerous opportunities for trips within Kent, including a three-day residential. Other optional field trips are available in the second and third years. Our optional third-year residential to a beautiful Greek island is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in a field research situation during which you can draw on your three years of study. The trip focuses on learning through research and from the experience of the people who shape and adapt to the environment they live in.

Most opportunities relate to specific modules; these may change from year to year and may incur additional costs. See the funding tab for more information.

Study resources

Our School has excellent teaching resources including dedicated computing facilities. Other resources include:

  • an ecology laboratory
  • a field trials area and field laboratory
  • conservation genetics laboratories
  • a state-of-the-art visual anthropology room
  • an ethnobiology lab for studying human-related plant material
  • a refurbished computer suite with 32 PCs with HD screens
  • an integrated audio-visual system to help provide stimulating lectures
  • recently built student social spaces.
Research community

We believe that inspired students are motivated by teaching which is shaped by active and relevant research. At Kent you’ll join a community who are engaged in projects in the UK and around the world that are significant to creatively addressing current and future ecological challenges. This community includes members of the Kent Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies (KISS), which draws together expertise from across the University. KISS also invites you to participate in their seminar and lecture series throughout the year – in December 2018 we are particularly excited to be welcoming a Geography ‘legend’, Professor Derek Gregory, to deliver the Annual KISS Lecture (we’d love you to join us for this exciting event). Details to follow shortly.

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