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.
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.
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.