Geography, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)


Year one of the Geography course at Bristol is foundational. All students receive an advanced overview of both human and physical geography, and develop a wide range of geographical and scientific skills.

The following three years are organised around six specialist pathways, of which you choose three at the end of year one. The pathways allow you to explore physical and/or human geography and their interface.

The physical geography pathways reflect the research skills of the staff in glaciology, hydrology and environmental change. Human geography pathways provide an in-depth study of cultural, economic and social geography, with an emphasis on the importance of theory and methods for the analysis of contemporary geographical problems and policies. Topics considered range from economic development and global politics, to inequalities of health and contemporary social theory.

In all pathways, you also take core elements that develop your skills, including the use of specialised computer software, statistics, and data collection in the field.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Four core units:
    • Physical Geography
    • Human Geography
    • Geographical Practices
    • Geographical Methods
  • Two open units from wide range of options.
Second year
  • Core unit: Spatial Modelling 2
  • Three pathways chosen from:
    • Cryosphere
    • Hydrosphere
    • Environmental Change
    • Historical and Cultural Geography
    • Political Economy
    • Philosophy, Social Theory and Geography
  • One of:
    • Research Methods in Physical Geography and Study and Field Skills in Physical Geography
    • Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography and Study and Field Skills in Human Geography
Third Year
  • Dissertation and Study Skills
  • Other units selected according to the pathways followed in year two:
    • Cryosphere
    • Hydrosphere
    • Environmental Change
    • Historical and Cultural Geography
    • Political Economy
    • Spatial Modelling 3
  • and cross-cutting options in:
    • Environmental Impacts and Policy
    • Political Ecology
    • People and Planet
Fourth year
  • Units building on the pathways followed in years two and three from:
    • Hydrological Modelling
    • Geographies of Time and Timing
    • Interrogating Cultural Landscapes
    • Spatial Modelling 4
    • Contemporary Debates in Human Geography
  • Extended Research Project.


There is no typical Bristol geography student, however all share a keen curiosity about the world. Some are highly numerical and able to develop mathematical models of the Earth’s climate; others enjoy using statistics to understand issues such as social segregation and the outbreak of war.

There are those who are passionate about contemporary social theory while others are fascinated by the relationships between people and their environments.

Whether you’re interested in the science of modelling, the uncertainties of future sea levels in Greenland and the Antarctic, or quantitative human geography, Bristol has the ideal labs and field opportunities.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): A*AA in any subject or AAA in three specific subjects*
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAB
  • IB Diploma: 38 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level in any subject or 36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level including three specific subjects*
  • IB Diploma: 34 overall with 17 points at Higher level
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at distinction including 12 credits at distinction in Geography or a core science and 15 credits at merit
  • BTEC: DDD with Distinction in relevant units
  • SQA: SH: AAAAB and AH: AA
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core
  • EB: 88% or 85% including 8.5 in three specific subjects*
  • International qualifications: Qualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: grade B or above in Mathematics.
  • Academic qualifications: *Specific subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computing, Design and Technology – Product Design 3D, Environmental Studies, Further Maths, Geography, Geology, Human Biology, Information Technology, Marine Science, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    18300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18300 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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