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Geography and History BA (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2019 start

Key facts

UCAS code: VL17

Start date: September 2018

3 years full time

Typical A-level offer: AAB
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)
Additional cost information

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes


This varied degree will give you the chance to study the ways in which humans interact with different environments, while gaining an understanding of how human activity has changed over time.

Core modules will introduce you to themes in modern human geography exploring how people interact with the world around them, how globalization is shaping the world, and the impact this is having on urban development and population growth. You’ll also build your understanding of historiography and acquire other valuable historical research skills.

Because our research interests are so diverse at Leeds, we also offer an impressive range of optional modules in both subjects. For example, you could study political geography or sustainable development alongside the fall of the Roman Empire, colonial Africa and the Harlem Renaissance. You could even choose modules including international fieldwork. It’s a fascinating opportunity to gain new insights into the many facets of human behaviour.

The University of Leeds has plenty of excellent resources for historians and geographers. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections, and the Library offers plenty of training to help you make the most of the facilities we have. The School of Geography also houses state-of-the-art research facilities.


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

Real world learning

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

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Course content

A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you’ll take fewer optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

Your first year will be spent studying core modules in each subject, introducing you to the key concepts and research methods you’ll need for the rest of your degree. You’ll study historiography, develop research skills, discover the key concepts in human geography and apply them to a study of Leeds.

Over the next two years, you’ll continue to build a firm knowledge base while pursuing your interests and specialising in specific areas of each subject. A core module will allow you to apply different approaches to human and economic geography, while you’ll also choose from optional modules in each subject.

You’ll keep some balance across historical periods, but you’ll have choices in history from the early medieval period to the present day alongside geographies of migration, globalisation, population studies and fieldwork modules. In your final year, you’ll focus on a period or topic in depth in your special subject. You’ll then be able to specialise even further when you apply the skills you’ve gained to a topic of your choice in your dissertation.

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

Local to Global: Geographies of a Changing World (Joint Honours) 20 credits
People, Place and Politics (Joint Honours) 20 credits
Historiography and Historical Skills 20 credits
Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study 20 credits
Studying in a Digital Age (Arts) 5 credits

Optional modules

Nature, Society and Environment 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Research Methods: Ideas and Practice in Human Geography 30 credits

Optional modules

Political and Development Geographies 20 credits
Geographies of Economies 20 credits
Inside European Cities 20 credits
The Making of the Modern City 20 credits
Living within limits: natural resource management for sustainable development 20 credits
Rule and Reform under Charlemagne and his Successors, 768-987 20 credits
Urban Experience and Identity in Early Modern Europe 20 credits
Victorian England: Aristocracy and Democracy, 1865-1901 20 credits
Environment and Environmentalism in Britain, c. 1750-1972 20 credits
Britain and the Atlantic World 20 credits
Queens and Queenship in Medieval Europe, 11th - 15th Centuries 20 credits
20th Century Britain: Progress and Uncertainty 1945-1990 20 credits
Russia under the Romanovs, 1812-1917 20 credits
The Global Caribbean, 1756-1848 20 credits
Black Politics from Emancipation to Obama 20 credits
History Students in Schools 20 credits
American Business History 20 credits
Global Business History 20 credits
Mao Zedong and Modern China, 1949-Present 20 credits

Year 3

Optional modules

Urban and Regional Development: A Case Study of Athens 20 credits
Advanced Population & Health Geographies 20 credits
Management of Wilderness and Global Ecosystems 20 credits
Environment, Conflict and Policy 20 credits
Geographers into Teaching: School Placements 20 credits
Spaces of Migration and Encounter 20 credits
The Harlem Renaissance: Black Culture and Politics 1919-1940 40 credits
Tradition and Modernity in Colonial Africa: Uganda's Kingdoms 1862-1964 40 credits
Europe in an Age of Total Warfare 40 credits
The Cultural History of Venice, 1509-1797 40 credits
The Soviet Sixties: Politics and Society in the USSR, 1953-1968 40 credits
Eastern Subjects: British Attitudes to India, 1757-1857 40 credits
The Baltic Crusades: The Conquest and Conversion of North-Eastern Europe, 1180-1410 20 credits
The French Wars of Religion 40 credits
Colonising Animals: More-than-Human Histories of Empire in Asia 40 credits
Caribbean Identity, Society and Decolonisation 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Geography and History 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

Our tutors in the Schools of History and Geography are at the forefront of research in their fields.

We use a range of teaching and learning methods so you can benefit from our tutors’ expertise, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and occasionally workshops. However, there’s also an important element of independent learning throughout your degree, since this is where you develop your research and analytical skills.


We also use different types of assessment. These normally involve a mixture of exams and essays, but in some modules oral presentations and group work may be included too. We offer plenty of support, including the chance to attend extra classes on issues such as exam technique, public speaking and structuring an essay if you need them.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB including A in History and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. Preferably including Geography.

GCSE: Mathematics at grade 6/B

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Grade 6/B in Mathematics at GCSE is required. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. This course has additional subject specific requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • BTEC

    We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    Please contact the Admissions Office.

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in History at Higher Level and 5 in Mathematics at Standard Level. Preferably including Geography at Higher Level.

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in History and preferably including Geography

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    Scottish Highers accepted in combination with Advanced Highers. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

  • Other Qualifications

    80% including 85% in History and preferably including Geography

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

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level including A in History , preferably including Geography, and grade A in the EPQ.

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.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A Level including History and preferably including Geography (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and pass Access to Leeds


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of History Admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

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.

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

School of History Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 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% in 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 the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

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.

Additional cost information

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

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.

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Career opportunities

A Joint Honours degree in Geography and History offers you in-depth knowledge across two challenging subjects. That’s valuable in itself, but you’ll also have a wide range of skills that are highly attractive to employers.

You’ll have managed two different and demanding subjects, so you’ll have good organisational skills. You’ll also be a confident independent researcher who can analyse complex data using both qualitative and quantitative methods. You’ll be comfortable working in a team and have advanced oral and written communication skills as well as commercial awareness.

Graduates have gone into a wide range of careers as a result: education, journalism, management, the civil service, law and business and finance are just a few of them. Many have also gone onto postgraduate study in related disciplines.

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.

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Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

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