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
L7N1
Qualification
Geography with Business | BA Hons
Duration
3 years full-time
A level offer
AAB 
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
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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This course is taught jointly by the School of Geography and 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 destination 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, organisations and marketing.

Year two 

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

Students can apply to spend the autumn semester of their 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.

 
 

Modules

Typical year one modules

Core geography modules

Careers Skills for Geographers
  • 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 (CES) and academics from the School of Geography.

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

The module aims to:

  • introduce the issues of career education and employability within the Geography undergraduate curriculum
  • develop and enhance the students' key skills for use in seeking work experience, graduate employment and postgraduate opportunities 
  • provide students with the opportunity to critically evaluate and reflect on their personal and key skill development in the School of Geography and the University 
  • inform students of the role of the Careers and Employability Service (CES)
 
Exploring Human Geography

The module provides students 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.

This module aims to provide undergraduates with detailed introductory knowledge and understanding of a range of current issues in human geography. The issues relate to current themes of interest across the broad range of human geography including cultural, medical, environmental, economic, development, financial and urban. A selection of these themes will be covered.

 
Geographical Field Course

A four day intensive residential field study period. 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.

The aims of this module are to:

  • provide a field course experience away from Nottingham 
  • provide the opportunity to evaluate issues involved in applying research design and execution skills within the specific context of field-based research
  • provide the opportunity to evaluate field based techniques and approaches to the collection of geographical information 
  • foster an awareness of the ethical issues related to data gathering 
  • foster a culture of safe field work through awareness, management and practice of both general and specific safety issues
  • develop skills of risk assessment related to field work 
  • further develop intellectual and communication skills gained with tutorials
 
Interpreting Geographical Data

This module will provide the basic statistical concepts and techniques required for studying geography. Topics will 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

This module aims to:

  • introduce students to the core concepts and techniques of geographical data handling
  • introduce students to the core concepts and practical applications in statistical analysis (parametric, non-parametric and spatial)
  • provide training in the use of standard packages for data handling and analysis (including a standard spreadsheet and a standard statistical package)
  • introduce students to the concepts of statistical thinking, of using statistical methods to present problems, to challenge assumptions and promote critical thinking
  • provide students with the grounding in the practical and technical skills necessary to support the student's work throughout the geography degree course including understanding quantitative concepts quoted in the literature and undertaking project and field-work
  • provide a basis for more specific technical modules, both core and optional, in the second and third years of the course
 
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

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

It aims to ensure competency in the use of a contemporary GIS software package whilst developing transferable ICT skills. It also encourages students 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
  • Creating maps within a GIS

This module aims to develop the fundamental practical and conceptual skills necessary to undertake simple GIS analysis, and the theoretical and practical competency necessary to study GIS at a higher level. 

It aims to introduce the student to commercially available software, instruct students in the use of this software in applied GIS analysis scenarios and ensures a solid theoretical and conceptual foundation in GIS fundamental methods and analyses.

 
Orientation and Study Skills

This module covers:

  • Orientation: academic study at University and in the School of Geography 
  • Advanced study skills: The academic craft, introduction to studying effectively
  • Advanced study skills consolidation: Information - sources, quality, referencing

This module aims to:

  • introduce newly enrolled students to studying in the School of Geography
  • equip students with the knowledge and skills required to perform well at University level in the School of Geography
  • impart understanding of the nature and craft of University-level study
 
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.

The aims of the module are to:

  • develop intellectual skills in small-group tutorials based on topics in Qualifying Year geography and from wider intellectual, cultural and political fields 
  • develop skills of problem recognition and definition 
  • develop powers to identify and evaluate approaches to problem-solving
  • develop skills of information collection and synthesis and evaluate the significance and relevance of information
  • develop powers of reasoning, discussion and cogent argument
  • develop communication skills in the form of essay writing, verbal articulation of ideas and issues through group discussions and seminar presentations
 

Core business modules

Business Economics

This module introduces students 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

The module aims to introduce students to key microeconomic tools and concepts in order to prepare them for Level 2 economic modules.

 
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.

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the contexts in which markets develop, and marketing and consumption are practiced, to enable students to develop a personal and critical perspective prior to studying the technical aspects of marketing management.

 
Organisational Behaviour

This module will introduce students to the basic ideas of organisational behaviour. The content will encourage them 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.

The module aims to introduce students to the basic ideas and concepts of organisational behaviour.

 
Work and Society

This 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.

The module aims to develop an understanding of the key theories and concepts in the development of society and the nature of work.

 
 

Typical year two modules

Core geography modules

Dissertation Preparation

This module is taught by formal lectures, scheduled preliminary fieldwork, supervision meetings with 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 
  • Analysing material 
  • Critically reflecting on literature and writing a coherent literature review 
  • Evaluation of past dissertations

The aims of this module are to prepare undergraduate geography students for undertaking their 40 credit dissertation which is a significant piece of supervised research that includes working in the field, collecting primary and/or secondary data, conducting a literature review, undertaking independent research and writing their research up to produce a significant piece of original scholarship.

The module will equip students with an understanding of research design and methodology, will explore the nature of the dissertation and how to select a topic, determine appropriate methodologies and methods of analysis and will explain the ethical, risk and safety frameworks under which dissertations are undertaken. The module will detail the timetable, procedures and processes that students need to follow in order to complete the dissertation.

 
Economic Geography

The module will cover the following topics:

  • Economic globalisation
  • Changing geographies of the world economy during the 20th century 
  • Economic geographies of advanced producer services 
  • World cities 
  • Distinctive spatialities of economic behaviour: industrial clusters, global production sites, and the creative economy, for example

The module aims to provide an understanding of the evolution of Economic Geography from a variety of perspectives. The module will build on foundation principles taught during the Qualifying Year and will feed in to more specialised, research-led modules in Part 2.

Students studying this module will be expected to develop a broad and critical understanding of the geographies of the global space economy, different ways of conceptualising change, and of the importance of different scales of analysis. The module will also consider these broader conceptual issues through the lens of particular empirical examples from around the world.

 
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.

The two lectures will introduce the role, breadth and practice of research in geography. Joint delivered by researchers on the physical and human sides of the discipline, the lectures will examine the epistemological and philosophical bases of research in geography, with a focus on the diversity but also shared, unifying features of geographical research, providing broader context for the small group tutorials.

Each student will be assigned to a small tutorial group for the semester and will participate in tutorials with a different member of staff. Specific topics will be chosen by staff members based on their own, active, research programs and will reflect the leading research questions and problems in the discipline. Students will be supplied with a set of readings prior to each tutorial. Students will also be required to research the background context of the readings.

This module will expose students to the breadth and depth of research undertaken in geography. The module aims to develop a critical appreciation of contemporary research problems in geography and introduce students to alternative approaches to geographical research.

Students will benefit through discussing the complete research process, from idea and project development, to methods, dissemination and evaluation of research in geography.

 
Techniques in Human Geography

This module allows students 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) 
  • quantitative human geography research (such as mapping and visualisation)

This module aims to explore methods for students undertaking original research in human geography including for their dissertation. The module comprises a small number of lectures on different types of sources followed by three practical projects through which students undertake research methods for the arts and humanities, for social science and for quantitative human geography. 

 

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

The module aims to provide students of management with the key tools, concepts and frameworks of strategic analysis.

 
Technology and Organisation

This module will examine a number of technologies , including cloud computing, 3D printing, nanotechnology, genetic modification, synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, robotics, genetic medicine and bioprinting, in the context of wider sustainability issues. In doing so it will explore the broader themes of convergence, technological determinism, transhumanism and the Singularity.  

The module aims to examine the technologies that organisations will use in the future and why, and in particular to address how new technologies may play a key role in sustaining organisational operations and industrial civilization.

 

Optional geography modules include:

Cultural and Historical Geography

This module introduces students to cultural and historical geography, including:

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

The module aims to introduce students to the sub-disciplines of cultural and historical geography, covering both empirical and theoretical issues. Students are given a grounding in the contribution of geography to cultural and historical study, and the module thus provides a foundation for specialist modules and dissertation research within the School of Geography.

On completion of the module students will have a clear conception of cultural and historical geography as fields of enquiry, the ability to connect theoretical discussion with empirical case studies, and a clear appreciation of the methods and sources required for such work.

 
Digital Explorers

This module provides a consideration of:

  • 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 
  • Project planning, implementation and reporting

The aim of this module is to produce students that have both theoretical and technical competence in the use of GIS software for spatial data analysis. It encompasses both taught instruction and project based learning to ensure that students have sufficient skills to independently develop, justify, undertake and report a complex GIS-based analysis project in response to a project brief.

 
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

The module aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the rapidly developing interdisciplinary field of medical geography.

 
Rural Environmental Geography

This module explores a range of rural environmental issues in the global South and supplements macro-scale perspectives on the evolution of environmentalism and development thinking with closer examinations of rural environmental issues from the perspective of a range of different stakeholders.

Throughout the module, particular attention is placed on how environmental use and management varies by socio-economic status, community and gender. 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 given in lectures are centred on India.

The main aims of this module are to:

  • enhance understanding of the evolution of environmentalism and development thinking
  • investigate rural environmental issues from a range of time periods and locations in the global South and from the perspectives of stakeholders from different socio-economic, gender and community groups
  • heighten appreciation of the different environmental knowledge systems possessed by these different stakeholder groups and the impacts of these on environmental management
  • investigate the impacts of agricultural modernisation on different socio-economic, gender and landowner groups
  • critically examine the value of participatory appraisal for investigating rural environmental problems and issues
  • foster an appreciation of the complexity of rural environmental issues over a range of time scales and spatial contexts
 

Optional business modules include:

Human Resources Management

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

The module aims to introduce students to the concepts and ideas of Personnel Management and HRM.

 
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.  

The module aims to convey knowledge to students and expose them to a learning process involving teamwork experience in research and writing of reports.

 
Managing the Responsible Business

This module introduces students 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?

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

This module aims to enable students to take a more comprehensive and critical perspective of business and its relationship with social and environmental stakeholders. 

 
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

The aims of this module are to:

  • introduce the concept of marketing as an approach to business
  • discuss the nature of marketing strategy
  • investigate the challenges of managing the marketing mix
  • understand how the application of the principles of marketing can assist in the strategic management of an organisation
 
 

Typical year three modules

Core geography modules

Dissertation BA

This is an 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.

The module aims are:

  • Developing skills of problem recognition and definition 
  • Raising awareness of and responding to the ethical issues related to gathering data 
  • Implementing risk assessment skills related to fieldwork and developing a culture of safety and appropriate research practices 
  • The opportunity to develop and apply research design and investigation skills in a field-based environment 
  • Enhance skills of information collection and synthesis, and the ability to evaluate the significance and relevance of information
 

Optional geography modules include:

Advances in Remote Sensing

The anticipated content and structure is:

Part I - Principles and Systems

  • Introduction: the past, present and the future
  • Electromagnetic radiation and the terrestrial environment
  • Interaction of radiation with matter 
  • Interaction of radiation with matter 
  • Sensing systems from a range of vantage points 
  • Remote sensing scale and data selection issues 
  • Using remote sensing data I, II and III 

Part II - Information Extraction

  • Exploiting advances in the spatial, spectral and temporal domains 
  • Exploiting strengths of data: data fusion 
  • Technological innovations 
  • Integrating remote sensing and GIS 
  • Practising remote sensing 
  • Student led assessment

The aim of the module is to provide an advanced study into the rapidly evolving field of remote sensing. The module will cover the basic physical principles of remote sensing, key remote sensing systems, digital image processing and applications.

The main focus of the module is on the remote sensing of the terrestrial environment using a range of sensors, at a range of vantage points. The students will be taken to the research frontier within the discipline with exposure to the current issues, for example, use of volunteered information, terrestrial and atmospheric carbon accounting and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

 
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.

The module contains a mixture of lecture-based sessions, seminar-based sessions and workshops involving role-play, practical exercises and data analysis. The module emphasises the importance of livelihood concerns to an understanding of the motivations of those participating in environmental management. As teaching is strongly research-led teaching, a significant proportion of the case studies given in lectures are centred on India.

The aims of this module are to:

  • enhance understanding of the interactions between livelihoods and environmental issues in the global South from the perspectives of people from different income, gender and community groups 
  • take a political ecology approach to highlight variations in livelihood security by gender, community socio-economic status and dependence on natural resources
  • enhance understandings of how the 'messy realities' underlying key development concepts and aggregate statistics are experienced by different socio-economic, gender and community groups through participation in group-based role-play exercises
  • heighten appreciation of environment and livelihood interactions and how these are experienced by different socio-economic and gender groups in a range of geographical contexts 
  • emphasise the diverse economic, socio-cultural linkages between environmental problems, livelihoods and development and foster an appreciation of the complexity of environmental issues at a range of scales and in different geographical contexts
 
European Urban Geographies (Berlin Fieldcourse)

The module will cover the following topics:

  • 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 fieldwork

The module aims to provide an understanding of the evolution, and socio-economic, political, and cultural dynamics of the city of Berlin which will be visited on a weekly fieldcourse during the reading week in early November. 

The module will be divided into two parts. The first section will include a series of lectures to provide some background in advance of the field course, while the second involves a five day field trip to Berlin. The module will build on foundation principles taught during Part I of the geography degree in pre-requisite modules. Students studying this module will be expected to develop a broad and critical understanding of the geographies of European cities and their regions, particularly Berlin, the different ways of conceptualising change, and of the importance of different scales of analysis. 

The modules will be delivered entirely in Semester 1, students will be required to submit a six page essay on Berlin (excluding references) and a 5,000 word report or equivalent on the fieldcourse.

 
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

This module aims to explore the economic geographies of fashion and food - two of the most global and yet most intimate and personal commodities. It explores the two sectors from a variety of scales and examines the contested conceptual bases of work on commodity chains, ethical systems of provision, retailing and exchange.

The module examines the geographies of production, employment, commodity movement, retailing, regulation and consumption of both fashion and food. We will be critically questioning who makes our food and clothes, where, how, why and under what conditions? Throughout we expect students to critically reflect on a range of geographical and other relevant literatures and to understand a variety of approaches to the topic.

 
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

This module aims to explore the economic geographies of money, finance and the financial services industry. It reveals the contested nature of knowledge about money and finance and in so doing it enables students to critically reflect on a range of geographical and other relevant literatures.

 
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

The module aims to provide an understanding of the violent realities by which the geographies of the present and the past have been crafted. The three fundamental modes of violence that will be examined are war, colonialism, and terror. This violence will be traced not only in its materiality and technologies, but also in its geopolitical visions, rhetorical and epistemological categories, evolution, translatability, and mobility.

The more general aims will be pursued through detailed historical investigations of Britain, Continental Europe, the United States and India, and the post-9/11 world.

Students will benefit from being pushed to integrate theoretical, global and local studies. They will also be engaging with a revived and exciting sub-discipline of geography (geopolitics) whilst benefiting from an historical perspective on contemporary issues.

Students will learn how to interpret contemporary media reports, theoretical discussions, and methodological debates regarding the geographies of violence. These debates will contribute to the more general project of inducing a critical awareness of the contemporary environment, an historical understanding of contemporary geographies, and an appreciation of the contribution of technology and culture to processes of domination and resistance.

 

Optional business modules include:

Consumer Behaviour

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

 
Human Resource Management

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

The module aims to introduce students to the concepts and ideas of Personnel Management and HRM.

 
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.

This module explores issues at the interface of marketing and society including:

  • Macro-marketing Issues
  • How the changing political, economic and social environment is affecting marketing decision making
  • Responsible and sustainable marketing
  • Consumer rights, responsibilities and resistance
  • Issues of the consumer society  
 
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.

The module aims to:

  • Explain the distinctive characteristics of services and their implications for the marketing of services
  • Understand the behaviour of the service consumer
  • Identify and explain the key strategies available to service organisations
  • Understand the nature of the services marketing mix
  • Understand the nature and importance of service quality and service relationships
 
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 module aims to provide students of management with the key tools, concepts and frameworks of strategic analysis.

 
 

 

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. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

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 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 2014, 89% 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 £21,810 with the highest being £40,000.*

In 2014, 92% 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 £24,803 with the highest being £60,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2013/14.

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.  

 
 

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.

Home students*

There are several types of bursary and scholarship on offer. Download our funding guide or visit our financial support pages to find out more about tuition fees, loans, budgeting and sources of funding.

To be eligible to apply for most of these funds you must be liable for the £9,000 tuition fee and not be in receipt of a bursary from outside the University.

* 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.

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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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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