Geography with Business BA

   
   
  

Fact file - 2018 entry

Qualification
Geography with Business | BA Hons
UCAS code
L7N1
Duration
3 years full-time
A level offer
AAB
Required subjects
Geography or equivalent (environmental science, environmental studies or world development); GCSE maths, 4 or above
IB score
34; 5 in geography at Higher Level
Course places
21
School/department
 

Overview

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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It is taught by the School of Geography and Nottingham University Business School, which is located on the award-winning Jubilee Campus.

There are 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 science, as well as business economics, organisational behaviours, consumers and markets.

Year two

In year two you will typically take a combination of core modules in geography and business, including those relating to 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 will 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.

Key facts

  • We are one of 18 institutions in the UK to have been selected to participate in the Q-Step programme, in recognition of our commitment to developing students' quantitative expertise
  • You can develop your practical skills by immersing yourself in environments of geographical interest
  • We have a range of state-of-the-art facilities for use by our students including research laboratories and resource centres
  • The School of Geography is ranked in the top 50 worldwide for geography in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
 

Entry requirements

A levels: AAB including geography or equivalent (environmental science, environmental studies or world development), excluding general studies and critical thinking

GCSEs: GCSE maths, 4 (C) or above

English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in reading, writing, speaking and listening)

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE), which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English. Successful students can progress onto their chosen degree course without taking IELTS again.

International applicants

We welcome students from all over the world and have a dedicated International Office that offers guidance and advice for international applicants.

Mature students

At the University of Nottingham we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information in our guide for mature students.

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 school and the University. Candidates for full-time admission are considered on the basis of their UCAS application.

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 your achievements, primarily as reflected by your engagement with geography beyond studying it as an academic subject - as evidenced in your personal statement and reference.

Applicants are not routinely interviewed. If you are offered a place with the School of Geography, you will be invited to attend an offer holder event. The aim of this event is for you to ensure that Nottingham meets your needs and aspirations. You will be able to meet members of the teaching staff and, very importantly, some current undergraduates.

 
 

Modules

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
  • ANOVA
 
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.

 
Tutorial

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: Content and Analysis

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

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.

 
Urban Geography

This module introduces  you to urban geography, including the:

  • historical development of urban geography as a sub-discipline
  • key thematic areas of contemporary urban geography, including research in the social, economic and cultural and historical geographies of cities
  • theoretical underpinnings of approaches to urban geography
  • importance of cities in understanding social difference, cultural landscapes and economic development in the Global North and South
  • work of key figures from the sub-disciplines past and present
 

Optional business modules

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

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 field course)

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

Business Ethics

This module explores business-society relations through the theories and practices of business ethics and social responsibility (BE&SR). The module will consist of two parts.

The first part will address the concept of business ethics, a discussion of citizenship theory and the challenges of globalisation and sustainability. It will also look at the normative nature of ethical theories, how business ethics has evolved and prescriptions from theoretical frameworks as to how business should be managed.

The second part of the module will address the issues, impacts of business on individual stakeholder groups and analyse business ethics and social responsibility in relation to each group.

 
Contemporary Developments in Human Resource Management and Organisations

This module introduces you to key contemporary debates and practices, giving you a chance to engage with these debates and practices. You will gain an understanding of the human resource management approaches managers take as you grapple with the challenges of the global economy and a demanding and diverse workforce within an international context.

 
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.

 
Strategic Management: Process and Practice

This module examines the managerial and organisational factors that influence the formation and subsequent realisation of strategy. It enables you to develop skills in the analysis of strategic processes and practice with particular reference to the role of organisation in strategy development and execution, strategic leadership, strategic change, internationalisation and stakeholder management in strategic management.

 
 

 

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.

 
 

Study abroad

The University of Nottingham has one of the most extensive and diverse study abroad programmes in the UK, and those who have studied abroad often say that it was the highlight of their time as a student.

On this course, you can apply to spend the first semester of your second year at one of our partner institutions in locations such as Australia, Canada, Singapore and the USA. You'll get the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability by experiencing another culture and will study similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham.

We also offer field trips to locations such as Italy and the USA where you'll get to put your practical skills into practice, studying landscape history and urban geography.

 

Careers

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.

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.

Recent graduates from the School of Geography have gone on to work for organisations such as the British Geological Survey, Capita, Grant Thornton, Historic England, Network Rail, Swiss Re, Teach First, and Tesla Motors.

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.

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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

Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 40 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.

 
 
 

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Assessment

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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