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Choosing a
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geography
course

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Questions to consider

You should think about all these questions before
looking at geography courses ­ this will help you to
find the course that is right for you:

| What aspects of geography do you want to study (eg
human/physical)?
| Do you want to study a combined /…

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Questions to consider

| What are the fieldwork opportunities?
| How big is the department? How often will you see
your personal tutor?
| What are the entrance requirements?
| What is the reputation of the course/university?
| Its location - is it a campus, is it in a large…

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How are courses assessed?

You should also think about the methods that will be
used to assess your work:

| Degrees in geography are assessed both through
coursework and examinations
| This ratio will vary between university and it is
important to consider this in choosing your course
| Most…

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What about the degree title?

The content of degrees which have the title
`Geography' may vary widely between Universities:

| Most geography degrees, whether designated BSc
(Bachelor of Science) or BA (Bachelor of Arts) offer
combinations of individual human, physical and
environmental geography courses in each year of
study.
|…

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What about the degree title?

| Some students choose to specialise in either
human geography or physical geography; others
may wish to retain a broader combination of the two.
| A number of institutions offer Joint Honours which
means geography combined with another subject.
| It is also worth searching…

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Making your choice

Once you have considered these questions, you should
be in a position to start choosing courses

| To help you decide, you might find it useful to make
a list of all the universities that have a course that
you are interested in, and perhaps limit this…

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Making your choice

| It is useful to look at the course structure, looking at
2nd and 3rd year options in particular, as well as the
research-focus of the department.
| Contact each of the universities on your short list to
get a copy of their prospectus, as well as…

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Making your choice

The RGS-IBG Directory of University Geography
Courses provides a great starting point to help you
make your choice.

You can also download our worksheets to make it
easier to compare your selected courses:

| What do I want from a geography course?
and
| What will a…

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