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School of Geography

Geography and Management BA
(Full time) 2017 start


Key facts

  • UCAS code: LN72
  • Duration/Mode: 3 years full time
  • Typical A level offer: AAA
    (specific subjects required)
  • UK/EU fees: See fees section below
  • International fees: £17,750 (per year)
  • Study abroad option: Yes
  • Work placement option: Yes
  • Course terms and conditions

This degree allows you to study key specialisms in human geography together with management modules which will develop your understanding of how organisations function and the role of the contemporary manager.

You’ll be able to explore urban, economic, social, political and development geographies, and environmental sustainability. You’ll also examine the ideas and methods that underpin research in human geography, and learn skills in mapping and the use of Geographical Information Systems.

In parallel, management modules will consider the factors that influence organisational behaviour, the evaluation of organisational performance and the workings of specific economic sectors, such as banking and advertising.

A wide range of optional modules will allow you to shape your degree to suit your own interests and career intentions, from HR management to citizenship and identity via entrepreneurship and migration. Fieldwork offered in every year will also allow you to put your geographical knowledge and skills into practice beyond the University.

Extending this degree

You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year degree by spending an additional year on an industrial placement or overseas, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. Read "Study abroad and work placements".

Real world learning

We give you a £500 allowance to cover the costs of optional field trips across Levels 2 and 3.

Student profile

I feel as though I have the best of both worlds. I am learning about the core elements of each subject, and have the flexibility to tailor my course to my personal interests and career aspirations.Abigail Hitt, BA Geography and Management InternationalRead more


Course terms and conditions

Course content

Each year of this programme has a series of compulsory core modules, but you will also choose from a range of optional modules in your two main subjects. Additionally, you can opt to study Leeds discovery modules. These offer an exciting range of study opportunities drawn from across the University – including languages, enterprise, sustainability, ethics, technology and politics.

Modules at Level 1 introduce key themes in human geography and management, focusing on topics including the economic and social importance of cities; international development; the unequal distribution of power and opportunity in national and international systems; geographical and managerial perspectives on business performance and decision-making.

At Level 2 you will choose from a larger number of optional modules - including those focusing on economic geography, political and development geographies, social geography, urban geography, marketing, international business and business law - so that you can begin to specialise in the ideas and issues that interest you most. Module choices in Geography include a range of week-long fieldtrips to European cities. We will also help you to develop your own skills as a researcher, with modules that show you how to access, analyse and present information; how to pose your own research questions; and how to identify the best methods to answer your research questions.

At Level 3 you will have the chance to put your research training into practice, by undertaking your own final year project. You can choose whether your project has a geographical or business focus, and there are opportunities to pursue applied projects with outside companies and other partners. You will also choose from a range of advanced optional modules, allowing you to deepen your specialist interest in particular aspects of human geography and management. Module choices in Geography include a range of international fieldtrips.

The programme includes the option to spend a year studying abroad, or on an industrial placement between Levels 2 and 3. The programme is also available to study part-time - this means that it will take a little longer and you will study fewer modules each year.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

You will study the following compulsory modules:
  • Local to Global: Geographies of a Changing World (Joint Honours) 20 credits
  • People, Place and Politics (Joint Honours) 20 credits
  • Accounting for Managers 10 credits
  • Organisational Behaviour 20 credits
  • Economics for Management 20 credits
  • Studying in a digital age 5 credits

Optional modules

You may study the following optional module:
  • Nature, Society and Environment 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

You will study either of the following compulsory modules:
  • Anthropology for Business 10 credits
  • Marketing 20 credits

Optional modules

Optional modules include:
  • Career Skills in Geography 10 credits
  • Political and Development Geographies 20 credits
  • Service analysis and planning 20 credits
  • Geographies of Economies 20 credits
  • Inside European Cities 20 credits
  • The Making of the Modern City 20 credits
  • Citizenship and Identity: Comparative Perspectives 20 credits
  • Living within limits: natural resource management for sustainable development 20 credits
  • Research Methods: Ideas and Practice in Human Geography 30 credits
  • Research Methods in Human Geography 20 credits
  • History on the High Street 20 credits
  • American Business History 20 credits
  • Global Business History 20 credits
  • From Study to Work 10 credits
  • Developing Your Potential 10 credits
  • Advanced Management Decision Making 10 credits
  • How Managers Make Decisions 10 credits
  • Business and the Legal Environment 20 credits
  • Managing International Business 20 credits
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management 10 credits
  • Corporate Social Responsibility 10 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

You study the following compulsory modules:
  • Strategic Management 20 credits

Optional modules

Optional modules include the following. Restrictions apply to some modules.
  • Urban and Regional Development: A Case Study of Athens 20 credits
  • Contested Cities 20 credits
  • Creating Alternative Futures 20 credits
  • Advanced Population & Health Geographies 20 credits
  • Management of Wilderness and Global Ecosystems 20 credits
  • Geocomputation and Location Analysis 20 credits
  • Geographies of Global Insecurities 20 credits
  • Environment, Conflict and Policy 20 credits
  • Workplace Co-operative Project 20 credits
  • Geographers into Teaching: School Placements 20 credits
  • Global Cities: Miami 20 credits
  • Dissertation 40 credits
  • Dissertation (Concise) 20 credits
  • Research Placement 20 credits
  • Spaces of Migration and Encounter 20 credits
  • Gender and Equality at Work in Comparative Perspective 20 credits
  • Diversity Management 20 credits
  • Business Ethics 20 credits
  • Advanced Entrepreneurship 20 credits
  • Information Management in Organisations 10 credits
  • International Banking and Finance 10 credits
  • International Marketing 10 credits
  • Dissertation in Management 20 credits
  • Advertising and Promotional Management 10 credits
  • International Business Management 20 credits
  • Managing Across Cultures 20 credits
  • European Business 10 credits
  • Marketing Strategy 20 credits
  • Contemporary Management Consulting 20 credits
  • Strategic Human Resource Management 20 credits
  • Management Decision Making 20 credits
  • Employment Law 20 credits
  • Current Issues in Decision Making 20 credits
  • Managing Global Value Chains 20 credits
  • Managing Innovation and Technology 20 credits
  • Travel Activity and Social Analysis 20 credits
For more information on typical modules, read Geography and Management BA in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, tutorials (groups of six), seminars (groups of approximately 30), computer classes, lab practical classes, group-work, online exercises and fieldwork, depending on the modules you study.

Opportunities for extra help, including “drop-in” workshops, one-to-one assistance, and an extensive programme of generic skills training.

Part of studying at university is that you will take increasing responsibility for your own learning as you progress through your degree. Developing the skills to think and work independently is crucial to your success both at university and in your future career. Independent study involves a lot of reading around the subject, and although this may seem daunting at first, we will guide and support you.


Assessment methods vary from module to module, giving you the flexibility to choose modules based on the assessment criteria that suits your particular strengths. Types of assessment include: examinations, individual or group reports and presentations, practical exercises, essays, posters, projects (such as the dissertation) and reflective logs.

Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA preferably including geography

If geography is not offered, we would expect two from biology, economics, English, history, mathematics, a modern language, psychology and sociology. Offers do not include general studies or critical thinking.

Alternative qualifications

  • BTEC: We accept BTEC qualifications in a relevant subject area but only in combination with other A-levels.
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D3, D3, D3.
  • International Baccalaureate: 35 overall (18 higher)
  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers: AAAAAA/AAA.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Access to Leeds entry requirements for this course: ABB


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Geography Undergraduate Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

Read advice on how to apply on the School’s website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Environment Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £17,750 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Field classes are optional for BA students. We currently allocate £500 per student towards the cost of optional field trips across levels 2 and 3. Additional costs may be incurred.

Additional cost information

Field classes are optional for BA students. We currently allocate £500 per student towards the cost of optional field trips across levels 2 or 3. Additional costs may be incurred.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Career opportunities

Industry links

To find out more about our links with industry, read Study abroad and work placements.

Graduate destinations

Up to 80% of our undergraduates secure appropriate graduate employment within six months of graduating; others go on to do further study.

Here is a snapshot of the kinds of careers our graduates pursue:

Environmental Management

  • Conservation
  • Land and water management
  • Public utilities

Management and consultancy

  • Transport planning and consultancy
  • Graduate training schemes in multinational companies
  • IT and business consultancy

Using GIS

  • Retail Planning
  • Direct marketing
  • GIS companies

Government and NGOs

  • Local government administration
  • Civil service (police, armed forces)
  • Regional and overseas development


  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Financial services

Further study and training

  • Vocational Masters courses
  • PhD study
  • Teacher training/conservation courses
Find out about your career prospects first-hand from employers and graduates of the School in our employability video!

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

In the School of Geography we take your future very seriously and know that employability is uppermost in many students’ minds. If you choose to study geography at Leeds, you can be confident that you’re not only joining a university whose graduates are targeted by top employers, but that as geography graduates, your employment opportunities couldn’t be more exciting and wide-ranging.

We structure this programme to ensure you develop the key transferable skills sought by graduate recruiters, skills such as: team-working, commercial awareness, report-writing, fluency in oral communication and presentation, numerical analysis, IT expertise and investigative skills.

Placement opportunities

Study abroad

You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year study abroad degree by spending an additional year overseas, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. You don’t apply directly to this course, instead you can register your interest with us once you’ve enrolled on the 3-year degree.

To be eligible for Study Abroad you’ll need to maintain a good average in your assessments in years 1 and 2 and, for some destinations, you may have to show you have the necessary language skills. Read more about eligibility on the Study Abroad website.

The Study Abroad Office and the School provide guidance to help you set up a study place at one of the University's partner institutions from around the world. Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

School of Geography partnerships

The School of Geography has long-established partnerships with a number of overseas universities who reserve places each year specifically for Leeds geographers.

European (Erasmus) destinations

The University of Grenoble, France
The University of Utrecht, Netherlands
The University of Valencia, Spain

Worldwide destinations

Teaching takes place in English at all these universities:

The University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
The University of McMaster, Ontario, Canada
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
The University of Adelaide, Australia
The National University of Singapore
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Find out more from staff and students in our study abroad video

Work placements

“Recruiters have confirmed that a record 32% of this year’s entry-level positions are expected to be filled by graduates who have already worked for their organisations – either through paid internships, industrial placements or vacation work.”

(The Graduate Market in 2016, High Fliers Research)

At Leeds our aim is to ensure our students thrive in their academic studies and leave us as highly employable graduates with a wide range of skills and attributes sought after in today’s job market. Leeds is one of the few geography departments in the UK to offer a year in industry scheme which allows you to extend your three-year programme to a four-year industrial degree.

This is a fantastic opportunity to add value to your CV, experience the “real world” first-hand and, in many cases, be offered a permanent job with the placement company on graduating. With staff dedicated to helping you to secure a placement that is right for you, and by keeping in close contact with you throughout your placement year, we ensure you get the most out of your time with your chosen company.

You don't have to decide to do a placement year before you start your course, you can register your interest with us once you’ve enrolled on the 3-year degree.

Find out first-hand from employers and year in industry students about your options!


Ask any of our students and they will tell you that taking part in field trips is one of the most enjoyable and memorable aspects of the geography programmes at Leeds.

We offer BA field trips at each level of study and they provide a great opportunity to study a fascinating subject in contrasting environments away from the University. During the field trips you will learn essential fieldwork and team working skills, transferable skills that will prove invaluable to your future career. Field trips are also a fantastic way to travel and see new places and to get to know your tutors and other students better.

On this course the fieldtrips offered are:

Level 1 – Leeds

Level 2 – Belgrade, Montpellier, Helsinki

Level 3 – Athens, Miami

Watch our field trip video to Montpellier!