If you are fascinated by the relationship between people and places, taking Geography at Bath Spa will equip you to understand key global challenges, from climate change to sustainable development, and enable you to contribute to debates about our physical environment and the ways we interact with it.
We take an integrated approach to Geography. An ability to link environmental processes and social and spatial behaviours is a defining feature of geographical practice. You will gain an understanding of both the human and physical aspects of the subject. You can also choose to specialise more in either area as your interests, abilities and career plans evolve.
We offer four courses (click each to find out more):
Geography can also be taken in combination with a range of other subjects as part of the Bath Spa module scheme. This flexibility allows you to choose the course most suited to you. All of our courses have been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). All routes are also offered with a Professional Placement Year which you take between your second and third year of study.
Whatever route you take, you will be part of a friendly department offering small classes, specialist expertise and state-of-the-art facilities. Advanced technologies you could use in your studies include ArcGIS, and GPS survey instruments, campus river gauging and digital ‘met’ stations. Geography courses take place on our beautiful Newton Park campus, originally a landscaped estate designed by Capability Brown, recently updated with state of the art facilities and new student accommodation. The site is a superb natural laboratory where you will learn a range of scientific and social science techniques.
Take a 60-second tour of our Newton Park campus:
You will be taught by a supportive team of lecturers who are also active researchers. Specialisms include river and coastal processes, poverty and development, sustainability, cultural identities, sustainable urban futures, geotechnologies and hazards and disasters.
You will have the opportunity to participate in residential fieldtrips to locations such as the English Lake District, Barcelona and Northern India.
Find out more about our India fieldtrip here:
Alongside residential fieldtrips our programmes include a range of one-day trips to locations such as South Wales, Dorset Coast, Somerset Levels, Bath, Bristol, and London. Graduate-level skills and innovative assessment items are embedded throughout our programmes preparing you for a competitive graduate marketplace.
Our graduates have gone on to a range of professions. Here are what a couple of them have to say about their experiences at Bath Spa and beyond: