This varied degree will give you the chance to study the ways in which humans interact with different environments, while gaining an understanding of how human activity has changed over time.
Core modules will introduce you to themes in modern human geography exploring how people interact with the world around them, how globalization is shaping the world, and the impact this is having on urban development and population growth. You'll also build your understanding of historiography and acquire other valuable historical research skills.
Because our research interests are so diverse at Leeds, we also offer an impressive range of optional modules in both subjects. For example, you could study political geography or sustainable development alongside the fall of the Roman Empire, colonial Africa and the Harlem Renaissance. You could even choose modules including international fieldwork. It's a fascinating opportunity to gain new insights into the many facets of human behaviour.
The University of Leeds has plenty of excellent resources for historians and geographers. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections, and the Library offers plenty of training to help you make the most of the facilities we have. The School of Geography also houses state-of-the-art research facilities.
Ask any of our students and they will tell you that taking part in field trips is one of the most enjoyable and memorable aspects of the geography programmes at Leeds.
We offer BA field trips at each level of study and they provide a great opportunity to study a fascinating subject in contrasting environments away from the University. During the field trips you will learn essential fieldwork and team working skills, transferable skills that will prove invaluable to your future career. Field trips are also a fantastic way to travel and see new places and to get to know your tutors and other students better.
On this course the fieldtrips offered are:
We give you a £500 allowance to cover the costs of optional field trips across Levels 2 and 3.
A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you'll take fewer optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.
Your first year will be spent studying core modules in each subject, introducing you to the key concepts and research methods you'll need for the rest of your degree. You'll study historiography, develop research skills, discover the key concepts in human geography and apply them to a study of Leeds.
Over the next two years, you'll continue to build a firm knowledge base while pursuing your interests and specialising in specific areas of each subject. A core module will allow you to apply different approaches to human and economic geography, while you'll also choose from optional modules in each subject.
You'll keep some balance across historical periods, but you'll have choices in history from the early medieval period to the present day alongside geographies of migration, globalisation, population studies and fieldwork modules. In your final year, you'll focus on a period or topic in depth in your special subject. You'll then be able to specialise even further when you apply the skills you've gained to a topic of your choice in your dissertation.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including A in History and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. Preferably including Geography.
GCSE: Mathematics at grade 6/B
A Joint Honours degree in Geography and History offers you in-depth knowledge across two challenging subjects. That's valuable in itself, but you'll also have a wide range of skills that are highly attractive to employers.
You'll have managed two different and demanding subjects, so you'll have good organisational skills. You'll also be a confident independent researcher who can analyse complex data using both qualitative and quantitative methods. You'll be comfortable working in a team and have advanced oral and written communication skills as well as commercial awareness.
Graduates have gone into a wide range of careers as a result: education, journalism, management, the civil service, law and business and finance are just a few of them. Many have also gone onto postgraduate study in related disciplines.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.