Geography and Economics Joint Honours BSc

Please note that this course will not be running for the 2018/19 academic year. Please visit our undergraduate courses page for alternative options.

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.

Please be reassured that the vote to leave the European Union does not mean there will be any immediate material change to the UK university sector’s participation in EU programmes such as Erasmus and study abroad programmes. Visit our EU Referendum information page for more information.

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

Core modules

Students without A-Level Mathematics or with A-Level Mathematics grade C or below or equivalent must choose the following module:

Students with A-Level Mathematics grades A*, A and B or equivalent must choose the following module:

Second year

Core modules

Optional modules

Choose 60 credits from the following modules:

Choose 20 credits from the following modules:

Third year

Core modules

Optional modules

Choose 60 credits from the following modules:

Choose 20 credits from the following modules: Where modules are linked, both parts must be chosen.

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2017. We aim to publish any changes to compulsory modules and programme structure for 2018 entry by 1 September 2017 and recommend you refer back to this page shortly after that date for any changes. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees and funding

For UK students beginning their studies in September 2017, the University of Birmingham will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. The fees for your first year of study will therefore be £9,250.

Visit our tuition fees page for more information.

Home/EU students

Undergraduate Home/EU student fees 2017-18
Fee Band Full-time
Undergraduate £9,250

Overseas students entering in 2017-18

Overseas students entering in 2017-18
Fee Band (Undergraduate) Full-time
Band 1 £15,210


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

Undergraduate students can expect around 15 contact hours per week, depending on year of study and optional module choices made. The remainder of the working week consists of self-guided study based on degree programme content and requirements of specific modules.

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. During your first year it is important that you have a smooth transition into University. You will be able to talk to your tutors about this and discuss if there are 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'.