Dr Julian Clifton - Programme Leader
Julian is an environmental social scientist with teaching and research expertise in areas of environmental policy, development studies, climate change policy, and marine and terrestrial resource management and conservation. He has held teaching and research roles at the University of Portsmouth and the University of Western Australia, where he was Head of the Geography Department. Julian has conducted research in diverse locations including South East Asia, Australia, the western Indian Ocean, Central America, and Latin America.Academic Staff List
Welcome to BA (Hons) Geography
How You Study
What You Need to Know
We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.
Our students benefit from a wide range of fieldwork destinations both in the UK and overseas to support the development of key skills in gathering, collating, and analysing quantitative and qualitative data.
In the first year, students are introduced to a range of data collection and reporting methods with a focus on Lincolnshire. In the second year, all students undertake an overseas trip to Crete which explores various aspects of human and physical geography. All travel and accommodation costs of these compulsory trips are covered by the University.
In addition, students can opt to join an overseas trip in their final year which is currently to Chile, with Penang in Malaysia being developed as an additional destination. These trips examine issues of relevance to human and physical geography in the local cultural and environmental context. Students will be expected to cover their travel and accommodation costs for the final year optional trips.
"The BA Geography allowed me to explore my interests in environmental geography and helped me to specialise my focus towards environmentalism and climate change action and governance. The academic team gave me lots of opportunities to develop my knowledge within these areas, and I was able to write my third-year dissertation project on better understanding our relationship with climate change through for example, social media. This has enabled me to secure a graduate climate trainee position at Calderdale Council."Callum Pickersgill, BA (Hons) Geography
An Introduction to Your Modules
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
How you are assessed
Entry Requirements 2023-24
Accreditations and Memberships
This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in geographical knowledge and skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of the world beyond higher education. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.
Learn From Experts
Research is essential in informing our teaching and each of our academics is passionate about research. The College of Science hosts the Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health (LCWPH) and the Development, Inequality, Resilience and Environments (DIRE) research group.
Our students have the chance to encounter authentic research at all levels – either through their own activities or through the teaching staff sharing experiences from their own research.
Wider opportunities to engage in research are provided through guest lectures within the course, working closely with the Lincoln branch of the Geographical Association externally, and engaging in research projects with staff. Two students have already completed UROS projects with the Department of Geography.
The Department of Geography offers opportunities to gain valuable work experience with partners in industry, schools, and public sector organisations. These include a placement module in the second year and a consultancy module in the third year, enabling students to practice and develop a wide range of skills and expertise of relevance to the workplace whilst also building invaluable career networks. The Department works with a dedicated placement officer to support students in placement and consultancy opportunities.
When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry. From the first year, students will have opportunities to attend lectures from people whose careers are built on geographical skills and knowledge. The Department also works closely with the University Careers and Employability team to promote the Lincoln Award, an initiative designed to enhance employability skills.
Geography can offer a broad range of career opportunities for its graduates. These include roles in geographical information systems, social environmental consultancy, planning and public policy, management, teaching, and the financial sector. The Department's links with industry, business, and environmental regulatory agencies provide opportunities for internships and work experience.
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