Geography

GEOGRAPHY

Geography is the study of the surface of the Earth as the site of human living and working. It considers the variability in physical and human landscapes, along with the interrelationships binding them together.

You may have the opportunity to undertake dissertation fieldwork in organised visits overseas. In recent years, students have worked in Brazil, Iceland and Tanzania, among others. 

Programme structure

Year 1

Themes covered include a world of resources, an underdeveloped world, a world of changing environments, a shrinking world, and a changing biosphere in a changing environment.

Year 2

You will explore human and physical processes, examining environmental problems and their possible resolutions through policy, and you will be trained in statistical methods and laboratory analysis using a mixture of fieldwork and our own IT and physical geography laboratories. 

You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.

Years 3 and 4 

If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) you will study both core and optional courses. Core courses are related to advanced training methods such as computerised data analysis, modelling, geographical information systems, interviewing and interpretative methods. Optional courses complement the core courses and allow you to build a programme around your particular topical interests. 

The large number of options taught currently include exploration, remote sensing, coastal processes and management, environmental hazards, fluvial processes, landscape and culture, geovisualisation, glacial processes, GIS, geographies of development, political ecologies and social geography. We also have regional research expertise in Africa, South-East Asia and Polar environments.

Special Glasgow feature

If you intend to continue to Honours, you will attend a week’s residential field course to extend the field skills you are introduced to in first year. The main focuses of this field programme are group projects, data collection, problem solving and presentations. 

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2015

BSc

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Minimum of one relevant science subject required. 

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAA or AAABB. S6 entry requirement = AAAAAB (S6 entry requirements only apply to applicants who achieved the minimum S5 requirements and have been made a conditional offer.)
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAAA or AAABB in S5 but have achieved at least ABBB MAY receive an offer based on S6 results. A decision will be made in March 2015.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Minimum of two science subjects, one of which is relevant to the programme applied for. 

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level.

European qualifications

Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Science European Requirements [pdf]

Accepted Science subjects

Accepted Science subjects:

  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Human Biology
  • Information Systems
  • Managing Environmental Resources
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Science (Double Syllabus)
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

MA

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include at least one arts, humanities or language subject.

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAA/AAABB. S6 entry requirement = AAAAAB (S6 entry requirements only apply to applicants who achieved the minimum S5 requirements and have been made a conditional offer).
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAAA or AAABB in S5 but have achieved at least ABBB MAY receive an offer based on S6 results. A decision will be made in March 2015 once all applications have been reviewed.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English and a humanities subject or language at Grades A/B or B/A.

Accepted humanities and languages Highers

Higher applicants to Arts MA degrees must attain, or have attained, grades A/B or B/A at Higher in English Higher AND another humanities/language Higher subject at their first sitting to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages Higher subjects are listed below.

  • Art & Design
  • Business Management
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Classical Greek
  • Classical studies
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • French
  • Gaelic
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Studies
  • Music
  • Personal and social education
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Education
  • Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level.

European qualifications

Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Arts European Requirements [pdf]

A-level and IB applicants can expect offers to be between the minimum and standard entry requirements depending on demand for places on the degree.

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

MA (SocSci)

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English or a humanities subject.

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAAB. S6 entry requirement = AAAAAA. (S6 entry requirements only apply to applicants who achieved the minimum S5 requirements and have been made a conditional offer.)
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAAAB in S5 but have achieved at least AABB MAY receive an offer based on S6 results. A decision will be made in March 2015 once all applications have been reviewed.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English and a humanities subject at Grades A or B.

Accepted humanities and languages Highers

Higher applicants to Social Sciences MA (Soc Sci) degrees must attain, or have attained, EITHER English Higher OR another humanities/language Higher subject to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages Higher subjects are listed below.

  • Art & Design
  • Business Management
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Classical Greek
  • Classical studies
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • French
  • Gaelic
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Studies
  • Music
  • Personal and social education
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Education
  • Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level.

European qualifications

Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Social Sciences European Requirements [pdf]

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

Advanced entry

If you have exceptional A-level or Advanced Higher grades it's possible to gain exemption from Year 1 study and enter directly into Year 2 or follow a faster route advanced entry programme, both of which allow you to complete your degree in one year less than usual. See: Advanced entry

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20*
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59

Please note that TOEFL has now been removed from the approved list of English tests by the Home Office and TOEFL tests taken on or after 17 April 2014 will no longer normally be accepted for UK visa applications. However, the University as an HEI can still choose to accept TOEFL tests for admission to degree level courses and so TOEFL tests can still be accepted as normal for this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

my academic qualifications are below the requirements?

Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.

Career prospects

Our recent Geography graduates have been employed as:

  • Coastal and rivers engineer
  • Field studies tutor
  • Environmental social researcher, Scottish Government
  • Statistician, Scottish Government
  • Investment manager
  • Supply chain manager, BAE Systems
  • Hydrographic surveyor
  • Teacher
  • Surveyor, Lanarkshire Valuation Joint Board.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

BSc

  • KIS
    Geography: F800
  • KIS
    Archaeology/Geography: FV84
  • KIS
    Computing Science/Geography: FG84
  • KIS
    Geography/Mathematics: FG81
  • KIS
    Geography/Statistics: FG83

LLB

  • KIS
    Law/Geography: ML17

MA

  • KIS
    Geography: L702
  • KIS
    Archaeology/Geography: LV74
  • KIS
    Celtic Civilisation/Geography: LQ75
  • KIS
    Classics/Geography: LQ78
  • KIS
    Digital Media & Information Studies/Geography: GL57
  • KIS
    French/Geography: LR71
  • KIS
    Geography/Celtic Studies: QL57
  • KIS
    Geography/German: LR72
  • KIS
    Geography/History: LV71
  • KIS
    Geography/History of Art: LVR3
  • KIS
    Geography/Music: LW73
  • KIS
    Geography/Philosophy: LV75
  • KIS
    Geography/Scottish History: LVR2
  • KIS
    Geography/Scottish Literature: LQ72
  • KIS
    Geography/Theatre Studies: LW74
  • Geography/Theology & Religious Studies: FV86
  • KIS
    Latin/Geography: QL67
  • Portuguese/Geography : 3T5Y
  • KIS
    Spanish/Geography: RL47

MA(Soc)

  • KIS
    Geography: L700
  • KIS
    Archaeology/Geography: VL47
  • KIS
    Business Economics/Geography: LLC7
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/Geography: RL77
  • KIS
    Classics/Geography: LQR8
  • KIS
    Computing Science/Geography: LG74
  • KIS
    Economic & Social History/Geography: LV73
  • KIS
    Economics/Geography: LL17
  • Geography/Business & Management: LN72
  • KIS
    Geography/Politics: LL72
  • KIS
    Geography/Public Policy: LL47
  • KIS
    Geography/Sociology: LL37

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.

Scholarships

We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.

For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:

How to apply

UCAS closing dates for entry in 2015

The UCAS process requires applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry to be submitted by 15 October each year, and applications to all other degree programmes by 15 January each year. The University of Glasgow cannot accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines, nor can it accept changes to applications after these dates. It is the applicants responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be allowed after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October 2014: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January 2015: all other UK/EU applicants
  • 30 June 2015: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March 2015.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

ges-enquiries@glasgow.ac.uk