At Manchester, you won’t be restricted in what you can learn about the world and society. Whether you choose to focus your studies on Human Geography - graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree - or Physical Geography - graduating with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree - you’ll be able to choose optional units freely from across the full range of geographical subjects throughout your degree. Students are encouraged to consider both the social and environmental dimensions of current global challenges, and to explore the interface between Human and Physical Geography. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to apply your knowledge in real world settings and experience a range of environments through field work, a professional placement or a year abroad.
Courses available at The University of Manchester
- Geography BA
- Geography BSc
- Geography with International Study BA
- Geography with International Study BSc
- Geography with Professional Placement BA
- Geography with Professional Placement BSc
Experiences and careers at The University of Manchester
Expand your horizons beyond Manchester by choosing to study abroad for a full year on the BA/BSc Geography with International Study courses. You’ll complete your third year abroad at one of Mancheser's partnered universities and return to Manchester for your fourth and final year. Study abroad locations include a range of European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico or the USA. Wherever you go you can access support from an International Programmes Office.
Kick start your career by undertaking a year’s paid placement in a geography-related professional sector before completing the final year of your course. You’ll be supported in finding a placement by Manchester's Placements Coordinator and Careers Service and they’ll keep in regular contact with you throughout the year. Students have recently been on placement in environmental consultancies, local authorities, charities, engineering companies, planning and transport services. You can apply directly for BA/BSc Geography with Professional Placement or ask to switch to this option in first year.
Fieldwork is an integral part of studying Geography at Manchester. You’ll have opportunities to get out into the field - urban and rural - right from the start of your degree. In Year 1, you’ll head out into the city and its environments as you examine the social, economic, political and environmental changes affecting the region. In Year 2, your overseas fieldwork module will allow you to examine contemporary issues and environments first-hand. Recent destinations have included Morocco, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Spain and the Czech Republic.
The University of Manchester is one of Europe’s best equipped universities for studying geography, with new state-of-the-art laboratories and computer facilities being accessible for all students. You can learn professional skills such as coding and programming in the computer facilities. The university offers industry-standard software for image processing, Geographic Information Systems, and cartographic representation. Laboratory facilities include microscopy, x-ray and spectroscopy labs.
Research with impact
Manchester is home to one of the UK’s most dynamic groups of geographical researchers. We’re committed to making significant contributions to some of the most important intellectual and practical issues facing society. The discoveries made by researchers and students will inform your teaching so you will find out about the latest developments in your field while you are studying. Read about the research specialities at The University of Manchester, many of whom will be your lecturers if you choose Manchester.
Careers and employability
Geography at Manchester opens up a whole world of career opportunities, in areas as diverse as international development, environment, planning and government policy. The dedicated employability course unit, taken during Year 2, ensures you graduate with the research and professional skills you need to pursue your chosen career. The University of Manchester also helps you to connect with employers through networking events and professional placements.
You’ll leave university with a highly-valued set of transferable skills, including communication, data analysis, research and problem-solving. Alongside the specialist geographical skills you develop during your degree, such as working with spatial data, undertaking interviews and conducting field analysis, this is what makes Geography graduates from The University of Manchester so appealing to top employers.
Graduates go on to work everywhere from national charities, to international organisations, to local schools and councils. They have successful careers in a wide range of areas, including:
- Local government
- PR and marketing
- Project management
Many students also continue to postgraduate study, including Master's courses, teacher-training and PhDs in Geography and closely related disciplines.