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Geography and International Relations

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-B,B,C

Access to HE Diploma (must include Geography or Environmental Science at Level 3), to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

Including 5 or above in HL Geography

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3

Including Geography or Geology

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

BTEC Extended Diploma (Applied Science - Environmental) BTEC Diploma (Applied Science - Environmental) - D*D*

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B

Including Geography or Geology

UCAS Tariff

112

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

International relations

Geography

In this course you combine study of International Relations in the Department of Social & Political Science with the study of Geography in the Department of Geography & International Development.

At its heart, International Relations explores power in all of its manifestations, how power is constructed, used and to what effect. We offer a rigorous and decolonised curriculum, whereby the world is explored through the values, perspectives and knowledge of all who live within it. The breadth of our offerings allows for the development of student-oriented specialisms. Our staff are research-leaders in their fields, bringing their specialist knowledge from the field directly into the classroom.

Subjects covered include: diplomacy; peace-making and peace-building; critical security; foreign policy; international political economy; the politics of climate change and sustainability; gender politics; poverty and inequality; political cultures; global issues in international relations; and humanitarian interventions. Students can choose to specialise in a particular region of the world through specialist research-led modules in Revolutionary Latin America; Africa in the World; European Project.

We offer insights into the practical world of peace-making and peace-building through our relationships with the United Nations and our specialist research knowledge. Students are encouraged to take up the opportunity for a 5-week placement either in Chester or abroad. Some students also choose to spend a year abroad too.

In Geography, you will gain the knowledge and skills to tackle global priority issues such as climate crisis response, social inequality and rising poverty. You will learn about the dynamic relationships that shape people and place, exploring the pressing issues of our time and gaining insight and understanding that will enable you to influence change and play your part in creating a sustainable future for all.

Our Geography course is flexible, so you can choose to develop specialisms in distinctive areas of Human Geography, or to maintain a balance of both Human and Physical Geography content. The breadth of teaching and research interests of Geography academics at Chester means that our courses are research-informed and comprehensive. Subjects covered include Geopolitics, Sustainable Development, Poverty and Health, Technology and the Development of ‘Smart’ Places, Mobilities and Migration, Climate Change, Coastal Processes and Management, River Processes and Flooding, Glaciers and Glaciation, Environmental Pollution, GIS and Remote Sensing, and more. Our proximity to the physical, social and cultural landscapes of North Wales, as well as to the urban and industrial centres of Manchester and Liverpool, enables us to incorporate fieldwork and field-based research throughout our course, allowing you to explore key processes and issues in Human and Physical Geography first-hand. We offer international fieldwork opportunities in New York (Migration) and Barcelona (Urban Change), and you can even choose to complete a year-long study abroad placement.

Our modules are designed to ensure that you develop the knowledge, skills, expertise and confidence to be ready to make a difference in a changing world. Wide-ranging and advanced employment-focussed skills are embedded throughout the programme (big data analysis, critical thinking, GIS and Remote Sensing, laboratory analytical methods, environmental monitoring), and we provide an invaluable opportunity for you to build relevant employment and problem-solving experience by working in an external organisation as a part of a full-time five-week work placement. Our graduating students gain professional employment in a wide range of sectors, allowing them to apply their knowledge and skills to drive change on the issues that matter to them.

Modules

For the latest example of curriculum availability on this degree programme please refer to the University of Chester's Website.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, with most forms being coursework based, including essays, reports and posters. You may also be assessed via written (seen and unseen) examinations as well as presentations.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Chester

Department:

Geography and International Development

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

67%
low
International relations
79%
med
Geography

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

Teaching and learning

68%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

68%
Library resources
68%
IT resources
67%
Course specific equipment and facilities
59%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

74%
UK students
26%
International students
46%
Male students
54%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
14%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

Geography (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

62%
Library resources
61%
IT resources
76%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education
31%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
14%
Administrative occupations: finance
12%
Other elementary services occupations

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Politics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

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