Geography with Business BA


Fact file - 2017 entry

UCAS code:L7N1
Qualification:BA Hons
Type and duration:3 year UG
Qualification name:Geography with Business
UCAS code
UCAS code
Geography with Business | BA Hons
3 years full-time
A level offer
Required subjects
Geography or equivalent subject (environmental science, environmental studies or world development); GCSE maths grade C or above
IB score
34 (5 in geography at Higher Level) 
Course location
University Park Campus and Jubilee Campus 
Course places


Catering to growing industry demand, this course equips graduates with an awareness of the economic, political and social issues surrounding the environment, policy and management.
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This course is taught by the School of Geography and the Nottingham University Business School, which is located on the award-winning Jubilee Campus. It caters for the growing demand from the business sector for graduates with an awareness of the economic, spatial, political, social and environmental issues surrounding business.

This degree offers opportunities to travel to inspirational destinations in the UK and overseas, through a number of modules with a field trip element.

Year one 

The first year is a foundation programme covering human geography and geographical information sciences and business economics and marketing.

Year two 

In year two you will typically take a combination of core modules in geography and business, including coverage of economic geography and strategic management. You will have the opportunity to choose from a range of human geography, strategic management and geographical information science modules.

You can also apply to spend the autumn semester of your second year studying abroad.

Year three 

In year three the dissertation is the sole core module and you are encouraged to select a business-related aspect of geography to study. Alongside this you have the opportunity to choose from a range of advanced modules from geography and business, appropriate to your degree and career aspirations and your year-two optional choices.


Entry requirements

A levels: AAB including geography or equivalent subject (environmental science, environmental studies or world development)

GCSEs: Grade C or above in GCSE maths is required for all geography courses

English language requirements 

IELTS: 7.0 with at least 6.0 in reading, writing, speaking and listening

Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies.

Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS.

Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.

Alternative qualifications 

View the alternative qualifications page for details.

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.

Notes for applicants 

We are looking for students who have the ability and motivation to benefit from our courses, and who will make a valued contribution to the department and the University. Candidates for full-time admission are considered on the basis of their Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) form.

All applications are considered equally on merit; students are usually selected on the basis of academic excellence and personal qualities.

We do not rely on predicted grades alone but take into account the broader context of each applicant's achievements, primarily as reflected by their engagement with geography beyond studying it as an academic subject - as evidenced in their personal statement and reference.

Applicants are not routinely interviewed. If you are offered a place you will be invited to a UCAS visit day. The aim of the visit is for you to ensure that Nottingham meets your perceived needs and aspirations. In addition to a formal presentation, which provides details of the courses we offer, you will also be able to meet members of the teaching staff and, very importantly, some current undergraduates.



Typical year one modules

Core geography modules

Careers Skills for Geographers

This module covers the following:

  • Self-marketing and CVs
  • Preparing for interviews and assessment
  • Careers for geographers
  • Subject-focused vocational talk
  • Postgraduate study (masters and PhD) 
  • Guest lectures (eg from Royal Geographical Society - Institute of British Geographers) 
  • Career planning 

Topics will be delivered by the school's Career Advisor from the Careers and Employability Service and academics from the School of Geography.

Importantly, you will be expected to make regular use of the Careers and Employability Service to assist with progress during the year and attend a range of employer presentations and other events (eg employer fairs).

Exploring Human Geography

The module provides you with introductory knowledge about current issues in human geography. It critically examines the complex relations between people and places through key themes and concepts in current human geography.

Attention is given to innovative work in cultural, historical, medical, environmental, economic and development geography and to the traditionally broad perspective of human geography as a whole. The module will examine a variety of key themes that may vary from year to year. This module provides a foundation for more specialised human geography modules at levels 2 and 3.

Geographical Field Course

A four day, intensive period of residential field study. Teaching will concentrate on the rationale and techniques of field study in both human and physical aspects of geography. Particular emphasis is placed on the design, practice and analysis of small research projects based on geographical issues.

Interpreting Geographical Data

This module provides the basic statistical concepts and techniques required for the study of geography. Topics include:

  • spreadsheets and statistical packages
  • introduction to statistical concepts 
  • descriptive statistics and distributions
  • exploratory data analysis
  • parametric and non-parametric tests
  • correlation and regression
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

The module provides you with the theoretical background and practical training to undertake basic spatial analysis within a contemporary Geographic Information System (GIS). 

It is built upon a structured set of paired theory lectures and practical sessions, supported by detailed theory topics delivered via Moodle, which contain linkages to associated textbook resources. It aims to ensure competency in the use of a contemporary GIS software package whilst developing transferable ICT skills. It also encourages you to develop the analytical skills necessary for the creation of workflows that utilise the built-in analytical functionality of a GIS to solve a spatial problem.

Specific topics covered are:

  • What is GIS?
  • Cartographic principles behind GIS
  • Spatial data models and database management systems
  • Fundamental spatial analysis
  • Presenting the results of GIS analysis

Small group tutorials in both the autumn and spring semesters in which emphasis will be placed on discussion, essay writing and seminar presentations which will be based on topics in the qualifying year geography modules and from broader intellectual, cultural and political fields.


Core business modules

Business Economics

This module introduces you to the microeconomic theory of the market and the firm. Topics covered include:

  • market demand
  • supply and equilibrium
  • firm production and costs
  • market structure
  • perfect competition
  • monopolistic competition
  • oligopoly
  • monopoly
  • consumer theory and market failure
Consumers and Markets

This module will cover the ways in which marketing and consumption drive business and shape society. It will provide an historical perspective, consider marketing professions and leadership within organisational contexts, and examine contemporary environments for marketing and consumption with particular attention to globalisation, innovation (including the transformative force of new technologies), and ethical and sustainability issues.

Organisational Behaviour

This module will introduce you to the basic ideas of organisational behaviour. The content will encourage you to develop an understanding of managing and developing people within business organisations.

The module will draw its primary material from the major theorists and theories of both organisational psychology and organisational behaviour. The module will also develop links with other aspects of the business school curriculum such as general management and international business.

Work and Society

The module explores the nature of work and society. The module will look at the development of our understanding of work and society. The development of the industrial and the post-industrial society will be explored and its impact on the nature of work, organisation and management.

There will be a historical and critical review of the schools of thought and key writers. Examples of research into individual and group experiences of work, organisation and management will be discussed.


Typical year two modules

Core geography modules

Dissertation Preparation

This module is taught by formal lectures, scheduled preliminary fieldwork, and supervision meetings with your dissertation tutor. It covers the following:

  • Introduction to the dissertation process and procedures 
  • What is a dissertation? 
  • Ethics, risk and safety implications when conducting geographical research 
  • Preparing a dissertation proposal 
  • Writing and presenting a dissertation
  • Evaluation of past dissertations
Economic Geography

Depending on the semester taken, this module will cover some of the following topics:

  • Economic globalisation
  • Changing geographies of the world economy during the20th century
  • Economic geographies of advanced producer services
  • World cities
  • Distinctive spatialities of economic behaviour: industrial clusters, global production sites, and the creative economy
Research Tutorial

This module will cover the breadth of world-leading research being carried out in the School of Geography and is reflected in the school's research themes: Cultural and Historical Geography, Economic Worlds, Environment and Society and Geosciences. For students in Geography with Business, and Environmental Sciences content of tutorials will be restricted to meet the aims of these courses.

Techniques in Human Geography

This module allows you to understand and experience human geography research methods through participation in three practical projects. The module covers methods for: arts and humanities research (such as archival research, visual and textual analysis); social science research (such as interviewing, questionnaires and discussion groups); and quantitative human geography research (such as mapping and visualisation).


Core business modules

Strategic Management

To aid the formulation of effective strategies, this module will introduce and analyse the fundamental tools and techniques of strategic management. Content will include:

  • The concept of strategy
  • Environmental analysis (including the Five Forces framework, strategic groups, and scenario planning)
  • Internal resources and competencies (including the resource-based view, core competencies, and dynamic capabilities)
  • Positioning strategies (including Porter's Generic Strategies, Value Chain, and Blue Ocean Strategy)
  • Corporate Strategy and diversification (including portfolio matrices and Rumelt's diversification types)
  • The alignment of strategy and structure
  • Growth methods, including M&A and strategic alliances
Technology and Organisation

This module considers several of the transformations that have arisen in contemporary organisations as a result of the use of information systems. Topics include different ways to understand the relationship between technology and organisation and implications of technology for knowledge management and other management areas.


Optional geography modules include:

Cultural and Historical Geography

This module introduces you to cultural and historical geography including the:

  • development of cultural and historical geography as sub-disciplines
  • key thematic areas of contemporary cultural and historical geography, including landscape, identity, culture, power and knowledge 
  • theoretical underpinnings of cultural and historical geography 
  • links between cultural and historical geography and other fields of enquiry in the humanities and social sciences 
  • methods and sources used in cultural and historical geographical research, including archives, texts and images, and field study 
  • work of key figures from the sub-disciplines past and present
Digital Explorers

This module provides a consideration of the following:

  • Introduction to GI science/systems/studies/services 
  • Spatial data types and sources 
  • Vector processing algorithms 
  • Raster processing algorithms
  • Spatial analysis and decision making 
  • Professional training in ArcGIS 
Medical Geography

This module explores aspects of medical geography, with special reference to the geography of infectious diseases. Topics include:

  • Nature of medical geography and the geography of health
  • History of medical geography
  • Epidemiological concepts 
  • The disease record 
  • The epidemiological transition 
  • Spatial diffusion of infectious diseases 
  • The geography of disease emergence and re-emergence 
  • Islands as epidemiological laboratories 
  • Geography of war and disease 
  • Disease forecasting and control
Rural Environmental Geography

This module explores a range of rural environmental issues in the global South and modern Britain from the perspective of a range of different stakeholders. Particular attention is placed on how environmental use and management varies over time and space and in relation to socio-economic status, gender and community. Key topics examined are:

  • the growth of environmentalist and conservationist thinking
  • the evolution of development thinking
  • the impacts of colonial policy-making on rural environments in the global South
  • agrarian change, the green revolution and sustainable agriculture
  • different types of environmental knowledge, including indigenous and certified expertise
  • gender, environmental use and management
  • participatory appraisal approaches in the global South
  • the ways in which policy has shaped the British countryside since the post-World War II period
  • the rise of agri-environmentalism
  • rural sustainable development
  • rural resource conservation
  • the prospects for future landscape change in Britain

Emphasis is placed on the viewpoints of different stakeholders regarding the rural environmental issues they experience. As the module is based strongly on research-led teaching, a significant proportion of the case studies used are centred on India and Britain. Group-based work is a particular feature of the spring semester.


Optional business modules include:

Human Resource Management

The module looks at theories of HRM, recruitment and selection, reward, training and development, performance appraisal and broader contextual issues.

International Firms

This module examines the international business environment; in particular the impact of international firms on the economy, the determinants of Foreign Direct Investment and their significance on regional and global economic integration.

Attention is paid to cultural and organisational aspects of international business and their impact on Corporate Social Responsibility, as well as differences in corporate governance across economic areas. The structure of the module is based on three sections focusing mainly on the activities of MNEs, firm organisation and performance, and the impact of international firms on the economy.  

Managing the Responsible Business

This module introduces you to the key frameworks and practices for managing a social responsible, environmentally friendly, inclusive and ethical business. Five critical questions are posed throughout the module:

  1. What are the issues presented by current global business operations that make sustainability challenging?
  2. What tools and frameworks help to better assess business impacts?
  3.  How can global leaders and organisations affect change?
  4.  How could innovation open opportunities for more sustainable and responsible commerce?
  5.  What challenges might business and society face in the future?

You will gain an understanding of managerial frameworks for analysing the issues of current business practices and for developing solutions for long-term success.

Marketing Management

This module is designed to focus on the strategic and operational aspects of marketing management. It will examine:

  • understanding the marketing concept
  • the role of marketing within business and its contribution to business performance and enhancing value
  • developing marketing strategy
  • segmentation, targeting and positioning
  • managing the marketing mix
  • planning and implementation

Typical year three modules

Core geography modules

Dissertation BA

This is a 10,000 word individual project based on a geographical topic involving fieldwork and/or secondary data, and agreed by the candidate with their tutor and a specialist supervisor.


Optional geography modules include:

Environment, Development and Livelihoods

This module investigates key linkages between development, livelihood and environmental problems in the global South with particular reference to competition and conflict over environmental resources. Attention is placed on exploring livelihood-environment interactions from the perspectives of different income, gender and community groups and contrasting their everyday realities with key development concepts and aggregate statistics.

Major themes examined include:

  • Linkages between poverty, environmental quality and livelihoods
  • Integration of environmental issues into development thinking and practice
  • Debates about overpopulation versus overconsumption
  • Urban environmental problems
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and livelihoods
  • Industry-related environment, development and livelihood issues
  • Slum dwellers and informal sector workers
  • Competition and conflict in agrarian environments
  • Forest-based development and livelihood issues
European Urban Geographies (Berlin Fieldcourse)

The historical development of a major European city, to be visited on a field excursion (full costs will be supplied nearer the time of the trip). A critical approach to the cultural, historical, social and economic geography of same city. A wide range of methodologies for conducting urban field work.

Geographies of Fashion and Food

This module covers a range of issues relating to the geographies of fashion and food. Topics covered include:

  • Commodity chains, global networks of supply and regulation 
  • The embodied and material practices of food and fashion consumption 
  • Branding, labelling, consumer knowledges and reflexive consumption 
  • Commodity biographies, origins and the social life of things 
  • Retail power, architecture and space 
  • Theorising agency and value 
  • Transforming, industrialising and globalising food 
  • City foodscapes 
  • Alternative food networks and food quality 
  • Gender and food provisioning
Geographies of Money and Finance

This module aims to explore the economic geographies of money and of the contemporary processes of financialisation. Competing theories of money, and the changing landscapes of finance and the financial services industry are explored at a variety of spatial scales. Spaces examined include the global financial system, the UK retail financial market, the City of London and the emergence of local currency systems.

More specifically, the following core topics are covered:

  • The history and theory of money 
  • Financial services and financial intermediation 
  • Globalisation and the international financial system 
  • The City of London as international financial centre 
  • Landscapes of retail financial services 
  • Alternative and imagined landscapes of money
Geographies of Violence

This module will cover the following topics:

  • Political, historical, and cultural geographies of war 
  • Spaces of internal violence and non-violence relating to colonialism, anti-colonialism, religious nationalism, and decolonisation/partition 
  • Spaces of terrorism and the war against terror 
  • Case studies from a variety of national and international contexts

Optional business modules include:

Consumer Behaviour

This module introduces and develops frameworks which enable businesses to understand the buying behaviour of consumers.

Marketing and Society

An overview of marketing and society, macro-marketing issues, responsible and sustainable marketing, consumer response to marketing activities, marketing's impact on society and consumption.

Marketing Services

The module is designed to develop an understanding of the special context and techniques of the marketing of services. It is designed for those who recognise the crucial role that services play in the economy and its future.

The advanced economies of the world are now dominated by services, and virtually all companies view service as critical to establishing and retaining competitive advantage regardless of whether they market physical products, which all have a service element, or pure services. This module explores frameworks for understanding the nature and characteristics of services and the effective marketing of them.

Strategic Management

To aid the formulation of effective strategies, this module will introduce and analyse the fundamental tools and techniques of strategic management. Content will include:

  • The concept of strategy
  • Environmental analysis (including the Five Forces framework, strategic groups, and scenario planning)
  • Internal resources and competencies (including the resource-based view, core competencies, and dynamic capabilities)
  • Positioning strategies (including Porter's Generic Strategies, Value Chain, and Blue Ocean Strategy)
  • Corporate Strategy and diversification (including portfolio matrices and Rumelt's diversification types)
  • The alignment of strategy and structure
  • Growth methods, including M&A and strategic alliances


The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



As a graduate from The University of Nottingham, you will be highly sought after, and by studying a degree in the School of Geography, you will acquire a broad skill set that will lay the foundations for your chosen career.

Employability is at the heart of our teaching, and we ensure that all of our degrees will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. Our comprehensive careers programme includes one-to-one CV workshops and employer talks from school alumni, as well as career networking events and a summer internship scheme.

Our graduates go on to a wide range of careers. Some graduates enter roles that have a direct correlation to their degree, including conservation and heritage protection and land surveying. Other graduates secure positions that utilise their transferable skills such as management consultancy, PR, marketing and financial roles.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 95% of first-degree graduates in the School of Geography who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,702 with the highest being £39,500.*

In 2015, 93% of first-degree graduates in the Nottingham University Business School who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £24,697 with the highest being £40,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home first degree undergraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Careers support and advice

Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.  

The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.



Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

The University of Nottingham provides information and advice on financing your degree and managing your finances as an international student. The International Office offers a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees.


Key Information Sets (KIS)

Key Information Sets (KIS)

KIS is an initiative that the government has introduced to allow you to compare different courses and universities.


There is assessment associated with this programme that is not attached to a specific module. In the first year, students take a non credit bearing course on building employability. Sessions cover key skills needed to find work experience and employment and evaluating personal development, while highlighting the range of support available. 

The course is assessed by the production of a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and self reflection on employability skills acquired, as well as a plan for further skills building. 

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