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.
You can apply until:
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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.
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.Schedule 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).
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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