This varied degree allows you to explore the complexity of society and explore key ideas and themes in human geography.
Core modules will examine the social, cultural, economic and political processes that shape human experience, the structure of society, the impact of social divisions and the changing nature of human action. You'll also investigate how we plan cities, regions and resources, and learn to use the Geographical Information Systems that help us build spatial models of human geography.
From this foundation, you'll have the freedom to focus on topics that suit your own interests - we offer a wide range of optional modules that reflect the diversity of our research interests in both subjects. Drawing on expertise in both the School of Geography and the School of Sociology and Social Policy, you could study political, urban, social and development geography alongside disability studies, urban disorders, the sociology of gender or racism and ethnicity studies and many others.
Real world learning
We give you a £500 allowance to cover the costs of optional field trips across Levels 2 and 3.
Year 1 encourages you to think sociologically, discovering key concepts and debates within the subject and examining the formation and emergence of modern societies. Geography modules will focus on processes of urban change by focusing on Leeds itself, and examine the key themes in human geography through practical classes and tutorials. Optional modules will allow you to learn about the methods and techniques of social research or examine aspects of society's relationship with the natural environment.
This provides the foundation for the following year, when you'll explore the important thinkers and traditions in the history of sociology and learn more about some of the major ideas and themes in human geography. You'll develop your research skills with an additional module in one of your subjects - you choose which. From there you'll start to gain specialist knowledge in your chosen areas through a selection of optional modules, focusing on topics from disability studies to development geographies, or from drugs to service planning.
In your final year, you'll research a sociological topic of your choice in depth to complete your dissertation, working with your academic supervisor. Around this you'll choose further optional modules examining issues such as class division, migration, health geographies, sex work or protest movements.
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 an A in Geography
Our graduates secure employment with some of the biggest UK companies in human resources, communications management, broadcasting and advertising. They are also ideally equipped to work in the public and third sector including in the civil service, teaching, youth work, fostering/children's services, probation services, social work, prison service, housing and homelessness prevention.
Graduates from this programme are well prepared for postgraduate study across a range of disciplines. Our recent graduates have gone on to study sociology, social Policy, teacher training, journalism, occupational therapy, human resources, marketing, town planning, social work, criminal justice studies and social research.
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
You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year study abroad degree by spending an additional year overseas, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. You don't apply directly to this course, instead you can register your interest with us once you've enrolled on the 3-year degree.
To be eligible for Study Abroad you'll need to maintain a good average in your assessments in years 1 and 2 and, for some destinations, you may have to show you have the necessary language skills. Read more about eligibility on the Study Abroad website.
The Study Abroad Office and the School provide guidance to help you set up a study place at one of the University's partner institutions from around the world. Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
The School of Geography has long-established partnerships with a number of overseas universities who reserve places each year specifically for Leeds geographers.
European (Erasmus) destinations
*Starred institutions may offer a programme in English. Students may apply for department-specific or university-wide destinations. Academic suitability and language requirements should be discussed with your School Study Abroad Coordinator prior to application.
Teaching takes place in English at all these universities:
Find out more from staff and students in our study abroad video
'Recruiters have confirmed that a record 32% of this year's entry-level positions are expected to be filled by graduates who have already worked for their organisations - either through paid internships, industrial placements or vacation work.'
(The Graduate Market in 2016, High Fliers Research)
At Leeds our aim is to ensure our students thrive in their academic studies and leave us as highly employable graduates with a wide range of skills and attributes sought after in today's job market. Leeds is one of the few geography departments in the UK to offer a year in industry scheme which allows you to extend your three-year programme to a four-year industrial degree.
This is a fantastic opportunity to add value to your CV, experience the 'real world' first-hand and, in many cases, be offered a permanent job with the placement company on graduating. With staff dedicated to helping you to secure a placement that is right for you, and by keeping in close contact with you throughout your placement year, we ensure you get the most out of your time with your chosen company.
You don't have to decide to do a placement year before you start your course, you can register your interest with us once you've enrolled on the 3-year degree.
Find out first-hand from employers and year in industry students about your options!
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:
Level 1 - Leeds
Level 2 - Belgrade, Montpellier, Helsinki
Level 3 - Athens, Miami