BSc (Hons) Human Geography

With study abroad and placement year options

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Drawing upon our internationally recognised research expertise in economic, social, political and cultural geography, our Human Geography course has been designed to let you understand the causes and potential solutions to some of the biggest challenges the world faces today. We’ll introduce you to theories and approaches to understand the relationship between society and space and help you make sense of geographical processes.

From past events to future developments and from local changes to global trends, you’ll build up a wide-ranging understanding of how our society interacts with our environment.

Study Human Geography at Manchester Met and you’ll get to grips with qualitative research techniques, not only learning the theories but also putting them into action – both in the city of Manchester and overseas. And, if you take the four-year route for this programme, you can spend a year either working on a placement or studying overseas before returning for your final year.

This course is also available with a Foundation Year.

Features and Benefits

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“We have the fantastic multicultural city of Manchester right on our doorstep. As one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, it’s a wonderful real-life laboratory for human geographers with fascinating communities, urban spaces and regeneration projects.”

James Robinson, Lecturer in Geography and Environmental Management

Career Prospects

Our Human Geography graduates have found careers in a range of sectors, including transport planning, environment quality monitoring, environmental sustainability, urban planning, the recycling industry, the international environmental charity sector and the energy efficiency industry. Major employers include private sector environmental consultancies, local and regional authorities, environmental charities and trusts, and energy and communications companies. Our dedicated careers and placement tutor runs a series of career talks and activities to enhance your employment prospects.

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of BSc (Hons) Human Geography students say the staff are good at explaining things.

National Student Survey 2019

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


A levels ­– BCC-BBC, to include grade C in Geography

Equivalent qualifications will be considered in combination with A level Geography at grade C or above.

UCAS Tariff points from Extended Project (EPQ) will be counted towards overall points score when achieved at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English


GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics


GCSE grade C/4 in Science or BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science with grade merit

The level 2 requirements may also be met through the level 3 course requirements for the course; please contact the University directly if you require further information.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in Science with a minimum score of 106 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points including HL 5 in Geography

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 overall with no individual element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Field trip to Liverpool

Dr James Robinson, Lecturer in Human Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University, explains what a field trip for Human Geography students at Manchester Metropolitan University involves.

In Liverpool, our students conducted fieldwork activities at the Royal Albert Dock, the Liverpool Waterfront, the Museum of Liverpool and the International Slavery Museum.

Course details

Our geography degree programmes are designed and delivered by research-active staff with strong links to research institutions, national organisations and non-governmental bodies in the UK and overseas.

We have shaped this degree around potential career pathways for our graduate Geographers, helping you to develop the geographical skills and knowledge that are highly desirable to employers.

The first year of your Human Geography degree involves set units to get everyone up to speed. We’ll introduce key concepts in human geography and you’ll also develop your core academic and research skills. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

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Core Units

Introducing Geographical Information Science

The unit introduces the concepts and methods of spatial data handling for the creation, analysis, and visualisation of geographical information. Key themes and topics include: Concepts and ideas of spatial thinking, spatial literacy, and spatial reasoning: scale, map reading and navigation, spatial arrangement (landmarks), representation, interpreting and querying spatial information.

Society and Environment

This unit covers the fundamental principles of environmental ethics, governance and management. It explains the complex interactions between the environment and human cultures.

Researching Human Geography

Development of academic and field-based investigative skills and techniques for human geographers. The unit will introduce students to key methods in human geography. It will cover both quantitative and qualitative approaches, for example, core skills relating to questionnaires, participant observation, and visual data analysis. 

Professional Geographer

This unit will develop key academic and professional skills in geography through project-based learning, embedded in a discipline context, and supported by workshops and tutorials.

Introducing Human Geographies

The unit provides an introduction to conceptual themes and contemporary issues and debates regarding cultural, social, political, economic and urban geography. Through contemporary research you will consider key challenges facing society and how expertise in human geography can help us to respond to these. 

In Year 2 you will study five core units and two optional units. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

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Core Units

Contemporary Urbanism

This unit introduces students to the development and application of key theoretical approaches to analysing the contemporary city.

Political Geography

This unit focuses on key issues in political geography such as migration and mobility, and how these are transforming the political geographies of states. 

Frontiers in Human Geography

Students will be given an introduction to emerging research within Human Geography research at the outset of the unit and subsequently through a research seminar programme comprising researchers from both Manchester Metropolitan University and the international research community.

Fieldwork and Research Design

This unit provides practical experience in the design and implementation of a field-based (or equivalent) research project and training for the final year dissertation unit. The unit normally requires students to participate in an overseas residential fieldtrip.

Cultural Geography

The unit critically analyses the relationship between culture, space and place, focusing upon theories of cultural identity and the cultural representation of space and place.

Option Units

GIS and the Workplace

This unit provides the fundamental theory and practical techniques of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) used to solve real-world environmental and geographical problems. It will incorporate a range of social and environmental issues, which will typically include: wildfires, air pollution, ecosystem services, retail, tourism, transport, crime, and animal/plant species.

Sustainability of Organisations

In this unit, students will explore the challenges to organisations that arise from the need to shift to more sustainable patterns of operation. This unit will introduce students to the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and how the approach is adopted by organisations in an attempt to manage and communicate their contributions to sustainable development. It will examine how organisations can deliver against the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) framework by acknowledging the benefits of improving environmental and social performance alongside traditional models of profit maximisation. 

Professional Practice

An employability based skills unit with opportunities to work with both internal and external partners. The unit encompasses employability skills development workshops including cover letter and C.V. construction, job search strategies, interview techniques, and placement preparation. 

Your third year is quite flexible. You can choose modules based around your interests, which will build on the skills you’ve already learned and grow your knowledge in specialised areas. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

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Core Units

Dissertation for Geographers

Building on an initial project proposal developed within the Year 2 Fieldwork and Research Design unit, students will identify and develop a topic of geographical interest and complete a substantial piece of independent research leading to the production of a dissertation. This will involve the collection, analysis, and presentation of primary and/or secondary data.

Option Units

Bodies, Sexuality and Space

This unit introduces key contemporary issues in the geographies of sexualities such as the relationship between gender, embodiment and sexualities. 

Cities and Architecture

The unit explores why and how geographers study architecture and buildings, highlighting key theoretical developments within the field. It examines key moments in the intellectual conception and practice of city making from utopian urbanism to iconic architecture and the evolving agenda of architectural conservation.

Geographies of Place-making

This unit introduces students to theoretical approaches to place-making, focusing on creativity and place, everyday place-making practices, tactical/resistance place making, and strategic place development.

GIS in the City

The aim of this unit is to develop the skills of identifying and applying appropriate spatial analysis techniques to problems in the urban environment. 

Music, Sound and Space

This unit will provide students with a critical understanding and an enhanced awareness of the relationship between music, sound, space and place.

National Identity and Globalisation

This unit explores how global and national identities are formed and contested, examining the spaces, places and networks in which such identities emerge.

Planning Theory and Practice

The unit critiques the planning and management of the contemporary city. It also outlines potential future careers in contemporary place management and town planning. 

Space, Politics and Memory

This unit takes a socio-cultural geographical approach to the politics of how contemporary societies remember the past in creating senses of identity, particularly national identity.

Specialist Field Investigation

Students will undertake fieldwork (typically an overseas residential field course) including field-based research design and implementation, and analysis and presentation of field-based data.

The Undergraduate Consultancy

This unit challenges students to deliver high-quality outputs from live projects to address the needs of professional clients.

Environmental Impact Assessment

This unit provides a practical overview of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and its requirements under the UK Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations. 

Sustainable Resource and Waste Management

This unit explores the role of consumption, production and waste management in driving the transition from a linear (take-make-use-dispose) to a circular economy.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Additional information about this course

Students are expected to comply with the Department's codes of conduct and behaviour on field courses, placements and exchanges. Placements and study exchange opportunities are dependent on passing each stage at the first opportunity and being of good standing.

Placement options

All of our geography degrees have been designed to be flexible. You can opt for the four-year placement degree route and spend Year 3 on a professional paid placement with a degree related organisation.

Alternatively, if you opt for the four-year study overseas route, you will spend your third year in Europe, North America or Australia.

There are also residential fieldwork opportunities in the UK and overseas.

Department of Natural Sciences

Our Department of Natural Sciences is a research-rich academic community with a well-established reputation in biology, chemistry, geography and environmental science.

The department works with research institutions, industry partners, national organisations and NGOs worldwide to address the challenges posed by environmental, socio-economic, cultural and political change, as well as health and advanced materials.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2312.50 per 30 credits studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international students: Part-time fee: £4125 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs


Students often choose to buy a laptop for their degree (costing approximately £300 to £400) and a printer (costing £50 to £100 including print consumables, plus £20 to £40 for print consumables in every subsequent year). However, there are numerous drop-in computer facilities across campus and laptops for loan in the library. Lab coats are provided free of charge in the first year of entry and are expected to last for the duration of the course. Students will have to purchase replacements for lost or damaged PPE. Estimated cost of text books is £70 in the first year and £40 in the subsequent years.

Placement Costs


1) Students go on residential fieldtrips for core units throughout the degree course. These are subsidised but students can expect to pay a contribution to costs of £60 for a UK-based residential field course at Level 4 and a maximum of £300 for an overseas residential field course at Level 5 (currently Spain, Malta, Tenerife, Berlin). For all field courses, there are non-residential zero-cost to student alternatives for any student who chooses not to go. 2) Students opting to study abroad in third year (SENAA). If you are studying at one of our partner universities on an approved exchange programme, you will continue to pay tuition fees to Manchester Metropolitan University and you will not pay any tuition fees to your partner university. Some partner universities may charge additional fees for mandatory administrative and recreational services, non-mandatory language classes, courses including fieldwork or non-mandatory project costs. If this is relevant to you, the partner university will inform you of any additional costs during the application process. During your study exchange abroad, you will need to budget for the general cost of living as well as additional costs for visas, travel, medical insurance and vaccinations (depending on your destination). Applicants should visit the MMUi web pages for more details including sources of travel funding. 3) Students choosing to undertake a Placement (Sandwich) in third year. The Sandwich Year involves full-time work experience work placement. This lasts for a minimum of 36 weeks and normally attracts a salary/weekly wage but this is not guaranteed. Placements are competitive and based on successful interviews with the placement provider. Students will have to pay travel and accommodation costs (including for interview) plus personal insurance. 4) Students undertaking short placements as part of vocational optional units. Students should expect to pay travel expenses to placements.

Professional Costs


Students may wish to become student members of relevant professional bodies but this is not normally a requirement. Membership of the IES is free. Membership of CIEEM is £10 for students on accredited degrees and £20 for students on non-accredited degrees.

Other Costs


Manchester Met now provides free travel insurance for students when they travel in connection with their programme of study, for example, placements, field trips, exchanges etc. However, students should also take out personal insurance cover for belongings as items such as mobile phones are not covered by this policy. Our courses are field-based so students would be expected to dress appropriately (i.e. purchase waterproof coats and trousers, sturdy footwear/walking boots). Students will be expected to print out certain assessments (such as posters). Travel expenses associated with independent data collection for final year dissertations are not reimbursed by the Department. Students will be advised to undertake low-cost local fieldwork at the design and planning stages of a project if necessary. Core texts and readings for this course are mainly available for free as e-resources through Manchester Met Library.


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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

L722 - BSc (Hons) Human Geography

L703 - BSc (Hons) Human Geography with Study Abroad

L723 - BSc (Hons) Human Geography with Placement Year

L724 - BSc (Hons) Human Geography with Foundation Year

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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