Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

The Geography Department is consistently ranked highly and many members of academic staff are acknowledged as international experts in their field. Study some of the most compelling global issues of our times. Acquire the critical tools necessary to understand current social transformations from a variety of perspectives. Fieldwork is an integral part of the degree. Choose from a wide range of optional course units, so that you can build the study content that matches your interests.

Course Modules

Geography Year 2 options: geographical techniques; geographical field training students; environmental systems: processes and sustainability; geomorphology; environmental change; biogeography; political geography; cities (economies and societies); cultural geographies; perspectives on development. Year 3 options: independent dissertation; defending coastal and wetland environments; savannahs; landscapes and environmental change; conservation biogeography; rivers and landscape; arid Africa; Holocene rivers and society; china (climate change, tectonics and people); people and the ice age; humans and climate change; mammals in a changing world; regeneration and urban policy; modernity and the city; geographies of commodities; exploration, science and the making of geography; geopolitics on film; geographies of home; south Africa: region in transition; gender and development in Latin America; geographies of mobility; cultures of time and space; fair trade and ethical consumption. Politics Year 1: introduction to politics and government; introduction to international relations; classic and contemporary readings in politics and international relations; introduction to research methods in politics and international relations. Year 2: European integration since 1945; comparative political institutions; democracy in Britain; contemporary political theory; the politics of migration and ethnicity; modern political thought. Year 3: issues in contemporary Europe; political sociology; the politics of the internet and the information society; the politics of modern Germany; radical political theory; the politics of toleration; social justice: from theory to practice; comparative democracy and elections; issues in democratic theory; young people's politics; advanced seminar in British politics; advanced seminar in British politics 1; advanced seminar on British politics 2. International Relations Year 3: issues in contemporary Europe; the British in India (a social and political history); great powers and great debates in international politics; contemporary middle east politics; issues in United States foreign policy; advanced readings in global studies; comparative foreign policy; gendered communities (women and nationalism in the middle east, north Africa and south Asia); transnational security studies; resistance to global governance; the politics of Africa.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £13,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • European Baccalaureate 80%
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • SQA Advanced Higher AB
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher AABBB

Key Course Information

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100% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 99%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 76%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 61%

£22,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

90% Go on to work and/or study

In work 50
Studying 40
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 5
Unknown 5

23% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 43%

Total Coursework: 56%

Total Practical: 1%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation