Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Human Geography
with a Year in Professional Practice

Explore the relationship between people and environment to understand our place in the modern world.

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2024

Course overview

You can be one of the next generation of geographers preparing to address the challenges facing the modern world. Expand your theoretical knowledge and develop practical field, research, and work-related skills. Extend beyond the traditional foundations of Geography and address contemporary social and environmental issues.

Examine why the world is changing so quickly and how these changes affect the environment, cultures and economies at local, national and global levels. This course equips you with the skills required for a career in business, government agencies, NGOs, education, and development.

The year in professional practice is a wonderful opportunity to undertake a work placement at home or abroad. 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; and project work for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

Why study Human Geography at Kent?

Add a 'year in'.

Broaden your experience with a year in professional practice or a year abroad at a partner university.  

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Geography and Environmental Studies at Kent was ranked 1st in the UK for research output in the Times Higher Education (REF 2021).

Join the next generation.

Human Geography students Enya and Rio  share their experiences of studying this exciting new degree course.

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Be part of a community.

Join a supportive community engaged in ecological projects, including members of Kent Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies.

Learn beyond lectures.

Shape your degree outside of the classroom with field trips in the UK and continental Europe.  

Everything you need to know about our Human Geography course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
BBB
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

Develop the skills and knowledge employers are looking for: analytical writing, presentations, team work, and leadership. Strengthen your competence as a geographer through field work and analytical tools such as geographic information systems and remote sensing imagery.

How you'll study

Modules use a variety of approaches enabling students to gain theoretical and practical understanding, through formal lectures, seminars, workshops, computer practicals and tutorials, role playing, laboratory exercises and fieldwork (in the UK and abroad).

Your future

Our Human Geography degree provides a strong basis for students looking to pursue a career in a range of professions and sectors relating to the sustainability agenda, including: environmental and international development NGOs, government departments and local authorities, and businesses with an environmental remit, including the land-based sectors.

The course gives students the theoretical and practical skills that are highly demanded by employers in a wide range of fields relating to:

  • nature conservation
  • town and country planning
  • environmental protection
  • sustainable development
  • environmental consultancy
  • tourism
  • international aid/development.

It also equips graduates with the ability to think critically and creatively, enabling them to thrive in research-led teaching environments, and with the necessary practical and research skills to prepare them for high-level postgraduate studies or the increasingly competitive job market.

Enya's story
"My lecturers have been great at making sure we all receive the knowledge we need to succeed in our exams and assignments."

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK
    £9,250
  • EU
    £18,600
  • International
    £18,600
  • UK
    £4,625
  • EU
    £9,300
  • International
    £9,300

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for year in industry

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,850.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Field trips

One day trips that are compulsory to a module are financially funded by the School. Optional or longer trips may require support funding from attendees.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Scholarships

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Next steps

Ready to apply?

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.

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