Human Geography with History BA (Hons)

Human Geography provides insight into the world around us and our everyday lives, addressing issues such as inequality, poverty, globalisation, urban planning and regeneration. Our Human Geography with History degree allows you to develop a historical sensibility alongside a geographers’ appreciation of local-to-global interactions, with modules that address regional, national and international history. Fieldwork and ‘real world’ learning are at the heart of what we do.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2019 - 2020: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,750 per annum
3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2019
Accredited by
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

Course overview

If you are interested in human geography and history as well, the Human Geography with History degree is a good choice. In each semester you will study two Human Geography modules and one History module, ensuring you develop in-depth knowledge and a geographer’s range of skills. Fieldwork is at the heart of what we do: come and join in!

Royal Geographical Society Accreditation with IBGThis programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in geographical knowledge and skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of the world beyond higher education. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

Dr Pauline Couper - Subject Director, Geography

Course structure

Through each semester of the course you will study two Human Geography modules and one History module.

Level 1

The Degree is designed to ensure that you develop increasingly specialist knowledge and skills throughout the programme. In lectures, seminars, workshops and practical fieldwork you will be learning alongside staff who are active researchers in their specialist areas.

Modules include:

  • Urban Geography explores the changing nature and role of cities in the 21st century
  • Critical Thinking & Academic Skills in Geography focuses on a contentious issue to critically analyse arguments and evidence, developing your own position. This module incorporates a compulsory residential field trip within the UK

  • The Visible Past studies architectural evidence and what buildings can tell us about the past through class-based work and study visits

  • Social & Cultural Geography examines social and spatial inequalities with reference to issues such as gender, age, class, ethnicity, race and disability
  • Human Geography Fieldwork Studies introduces you to geography’s history of field exploration and develops your own human geography field research skill

  • The Making of Britain offers an introduction to British history from pre-Roman times to the present and examines the importance of national identities in the history of the British Isles

Level 2

Modules include:

  • Society and Space focuses on the ways that social identities (e.g. age, class, ethnicity) are expressed in, and produce, particular spaces

  • Culture and Landscape examines the changing concept of ‘landscape’ through history, and how to ‘read’ landscapes from different perspectives

  • History, Film & Television examines the use and representation of history in the media, including news, documentaries and fictional feature

  • Geographical Thought (studied by students on all geography programmes) reviews the range of approaches that geographers have taken to doing geographical research

  • International Organisations in the Twentieth Century examines of the function, impact and practices of international organisations during the twentieth century in the maintenance of international peace and security; on the global economy; and on international society.

  • The Age of Revolution, c1780-1830 explores an important period in modern European history, the era of the French and industrial revolutions. The main events of the period will be studied from a variety of social, political, intellectual and cultural perspectives
  • Europe in the Age of Nationalism, c1848-1914 examines the history of the European ‘Great Powers’ and the relations between them in the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with particular reference to the growth of nationalism and its impact on Europe in that period. It explores the relationship between ideology and society in a specific historical context, building on the conceptual approaches introduced at level 1, and providing a foundation for more specialist study of modern European, British and international history at level 3.

  • Research Project: in this module students work in small groups to develop research plans for a human geography project, then undertaking the research on residential field work (current destination: Malta)

  • Geographers’ Professional Practice (work placement)

Level 3

Modules include:

  • Cities in Transition focuses on contemporary issues in cities, particularly relating to democracy and decision-making

  • International/Cross-Cultural Fieldwork applies your knowledge through residential fieldwork, interpreting some aspect of the geography of the destination for a public audience (current destination: Slovenia)

  • The English Revolution was a seminal period in British history, encompassing civil wars, regicide, and the transformation of political authority and practice that were to have profound long-term effects. Alongside the events and personalities involved in the English Revolution, students will learn about the institutions of the early modern English state, including the church, the courts, local county committees and offices, and parliament, and how they all understood and engaged with threats to the political order.

  • The Great Society: America in the 1960s examines the pivotal decade of the 1960s, with reference to presidential power, popular protest and war.

  • Human Geography Dissertation is a year-long module in which students undertake their own research project on a human geography topic of their interest, guided by a tutor

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Disability Advice

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of disability advice services to assist students throughout their studies.

Teaching & Assessment

For all of our Geography Degrees, our aim is to get you practising geography for yourself from the outset: collecting and analyzing data, applying theories for yourself, and developing your skills and abilities – generating your own knowledge.

Teaching methods

We use a range of teaching styles and settings to support you in this. This includes lectures and seminars (small groups of students with a tutor), tutorials (one-to-one meetings with a tutor), fieldwork, ICT workshops, independent study outside of formal teaching sessions, collaborative learning (working with your fellow students) and using online resources through the university’s Virtual Learning Environment. Teaching sessions include discussions, problem-solving exercises, group work, debates and data analysis exercises. Throughout your degree you are encouraged to take an active part in teaching sessions, rather than just being a passive receiver of information. Sometimes students are even asked to take the lead in sessions.


You may have the opportunity to work on placements with a range of organisations, including charities such as International Service and Dig Deep, tourism organisations including Visit York and the National Glass Centre, as well as with schools and commercial companies.

Assessment & Feedback

Assessment of this degree is entirely through coursework, with no exams. This is to ensure that the kinds of work you are doing through the degree reflect the kinds of work geographers undertake after graduation, in professional employment. You will encounter a wide range of assessment, including essays, reports (including fieldwork reports), verbal presentations and portfolios (potentially with some multimedia elements in them). Many modules are assessed through one piece of coursework, with development of this work supported throughout the course of the module. Feedback on assignments is designed to support you in your future learning, at the same time as assessing what you have already learned.

Final year dissertation

By your final year, you will be ready to take control of your learning for yourself. The dissertation involves you undertaking an independent research project (guided by a tutor) on a geography topic of your choice, demonstrating self-reliance and developing skills of project management. The fieldwork module in your final semester brings together all that you will have learned through your degree, giving you plenty of scope to demonstrate your knowledge, abilities and creativity.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 - 112 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C / 4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths

Calculate your tariff points here.

Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, through previous study or wider reading.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include further study, career plans and transferrable skills such as time management.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

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Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.


Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 / 20

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2019 / 20

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

As part of this course, students will need:

  • A clipboard: estimated cost of £5.00
  • A waterproof jacket: estimated cost from £20.00 upwards.
  • Comfortable shoes
  • A camera: mobile phone cameras are suitable, however students may prefer to bring a digital camera.

Students may need to purchase a DBS Check (£44.00) if the student opts to complete their Year 2 placement in a school or similar setting. Students may also need to purchase a sleeping bag, depending on the arrangement for residential field trips.

There may be additional, optional costs such as purchasing personal equipment, text books, printing and photocopying.

Travel and accommodation costs for compulsory field visits are included in the tuition fees. This includes residential visits within the UK (Year 1) and overseas (Year 2 and Year 3). Students normally have to arrange some meals (e.g. lunches) themselves during residential field visits. For day trips, travel costs are included in the tuition fees and students are normally required to bring packed lunches.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Study abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.

Financial help and support

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service. The Geography teaching team can provide further advice on purchasing clothing and equipment needed for this course.

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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