Geography and Economics Joint Honours BSc

A Joint Honours degree course involves the study of two subjects to Honours degree level.

Geography at Birmingham combines a sound academic training with an insight into practical, social, economic and environmental issues, whilst our Economics programmes give you a sound training – in theory and in practice – for tackling a wide range of relevant problems.

A Joint Honours degree course involves the study of two subjects to Honours degree level. If you study a subject in a Joint Honours course, you work at exactly the same level and to the same academic standard as students taking that subject in a Single Honours course. Joint Honours students are simply required to choose fewer topics from the range of options available in each half of the course.


Geography at Birmingham combines a sound academic training with an insight into practical, social, economic and environmental issues. You refine perspectives and develop skills in a degree programme that encourages the use of imagination and observation to resolve real problems affecting people and environments.


Economics asks crucial questions. While governments and voters wrestle with such problems, the economist exercises the analytical skills needed to tackle many of the complexities of the modern world. Whether the subject is exchange rates, trade agreements, income tax or international banking, we understand them all better with the insights of economics.

The Economics programmes at Birmingham give you a sound training – in theory and in practice – for tackling a wide range of relevant problems.

If you want to take advantage of a unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement as part of your final year, this course includes the opportunity to undertake a 'Professional Development' module as part of your optional module choices.


First year

The modular structure allows you maximum flexibility in developing your own interests without channeling you into decisive choices too early. In the first year you will be exposed to the main principles of human and physical geography, to global environmental issues, and various practical skills. You will also explore contemporary urban issues using Birmingham as a real-world laboratory. The first semester includes residential fieldwork in human and physical geography.

You are introduced to the main facets of the discipline: quantitative methods, microeconomics and macroeconomics. You learn about computer-based methods for analysing economic data, and explore topics in applied economics, such as the European Union. 

Second year

You are now introduced to specialist techniques such as computer cartography and the use of databases and spreadsheets. You learn how to develop a research proposal, which may be the starting point for your dissertation in the final year. Training in more advanced fieldwork skills is provided by courses held in European centres. You also choose from optional modules in many different branches of Geography.

In this year you consolidate the main areas of the subject and begin to explore the many optional modules on offer like Economic Development or Environmental Economics.

Third year

In your third year you select from a wide range of modules that provide the more specialised knowledge and skills in the areas of Geography that appeal to you.

The emphasis in your final year shifts towards the application of economic theory and how this impacts on policy-making. You also undertake your own research and produce an extended essay on a topic of your own choosing.

This course includes the unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement opportunity as part of your final year, undertaking a 'Professional Development' module as part of your optional module choices.

The optional modules referred to on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Fees and funding

Standard fees apply.
Learn more about fees and funding.

Home/EU students

Undergraduate Home/EU student fees 2016-17
Fee Band Full-time
Undergraduate £9,000

Overseas students entering in 2016-17

Overseas students entering in 2016-17
Fee Band (Undergraduate) Full-time
Band D (Classroom) £13,860


At Birmingham we ensure that fears about finance do not constrain prospective students from considering university and that excellence is rewarded.

The University offers a range of additional financial support for students studying at Birmingham in the form of bursaries, grants and scholarships.

Learn more about our scholarships and awards. 

Entry requirements

Number of A levels required:
3 Joint Honours BSc Economics/Geography entry grades are AAA plus GCSE Maths grade A and GCSE English grade C
Typical offer:
AAA plus GCSE Maths grade A and GCSE English grade C. General Studies is NOT accepted
Required subjects and grades:
AAA plus GCSE Maths grade A and GCSE English grade C. General Studies is NOT accepted
General Studies:
not accepted

Additional information:

Typical offer grades are for guidance only, and will depend on the subjects you are combining. Please read the entries for both subjects. Where there is a disparity between the typical offer for Subject A and the typical offer for Subject B, the higher offer should be taken as the usual offer for the combination of the two.

Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements

International students:

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 32 points

International baccalaureate update: Please note that we have reviewed our policy on the IB Diploma for 2016 entry and our offers will now focus on performance in Higher Level subjects. For more information and details please read our 2016 IB Diploma requirements.

Learn more about international entry requirements

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

How to apply

Apply through the UCAS website using code LL71.

The below video is a step-by-step guide on applying through the UCAS process.

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

View further advice on 'How to apply for undergraduate courses', including advice for UK, EU and overseas applicants.

Key Information Set (KIS)

Key Information Sets (KIS) are comparable sets of information about full- or part-time undergraduate courses and are designed to meet the information needs of prospective students.

All KIS information has been published on the Unistats website and can also be accessed via the small advert, or ‘widget’, below. On the Unistats website you are able to compare all the KIS data for each course with data for other courses.

The development of Key Information Sets (KIS) formed part of HEFCE’s work to enhance the information that is available about higher education. They give you access to reliable and comparable information in order to help you make informed decisions about what and where to study.

The KIS contains information which prospective students have identified as useful, such as student satisfaction, graduate outcomes, learning and teaching activities, assessment methods, tuition fees and student finance, accommodation and professional accreditation.

How will I be taught?

During your time at the University of Birmingham you will experience teaching through a mixture of lectures and tutorials. We recognise that students respond to different methods of teaching. Various approaches are used; from lectures to seminars and fieldwork as well as online study. You will also meet regularly with academic tutors in small groups.

Contact hours

As well as time with your lecturers and personal tutor, academic and professional services staff (like our dedicated Careers Network team) will be available to offer individual and group support throughout your time here at Birmingham.

Learning Settings

Your learning will take place in a range of different settings, from scheduled teaching in lectures and small group tutorials, to self-study and peer group learning (for example preparing and delivering presentations with your classmates).


To begin with you may find this way of working challenging, but rest assured that we’ll enable you to make this transition. You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues, and a formal transition review during your first year to check on your progress and offer you help for any particular areas where you need support.

Our Academic Skills Centre also offers you support with your learning. The centre is a place where you can develop your mathematical, academic writing and general academic skills. It is the centre’s aim to help you to become a more effective and independent learner through the use of a range of high-quality and appropriate learning support services. These range from drop-in sessions with support with mathematics and statistics based problems provided by experienced mathematicians, to workshops on a range of topics including note talking, reading, writing and presentation skills.

Assessment methods

Essay and project work form a significant part of the assessment for all modules offered by the department. Alongside examinations, we also assess your seminar presentations, laboratory or practical exercises and poster presentations.

Geography graduates are highly valued by employers for their impressive range of skills and knowledge. You will have developed your abilities to collect and analyse data, to express yourself clearly and logically in both written and oral forms, and to present supporting evidence graphically.

Many of our graduates go on to further training in areas as diverse as planning, management, environmental consultancy, water quality, meteorology and teaching. Others go directly into employment in a variety of sectors including banking, surveying, recreational planning, the water industry and international charities working on human and environmental problems in the developing world.

Your Birmingham degree

Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CV’s and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.


We also offer voluntary work which complements your studies by helping you gain practical experiences in occupational settings while contributing back to society. This can bring new skills that will be useful throughout your future and can make a positive impact on your learning whilst at university. Volunteering enables you to develop skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-confidence and self-discipline all of which can be transferred into your studies.

Visit the University of Birmingham Careers pages for further information on how we are 'Investing in your future'.