BA Geography and...
Programme Code: L770BA/GAA Duration: 3- or 4- year combined honours degree
2014 Entry Requirements
- A Levels: AAB
- including A-Level Geography
- IB: 36 (6/6/6)
- BTEC: DDM
- Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
- Scottish Highers: AAABB
- Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB
- Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
- Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
- Euro Bacc: 80%
- French Bacc: 14/20
- German Abitur: 2.0
- Italy DES: 80/100
- Austria Mat: 2.0
- Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects
Interview Policy: Candidates with 'non standard' qualifications may be invited.
The Department of Geography at King’s College London (KCL) includes a concentration of scholars and specialists in the geography of Africa and Asia. Several courses also include examples from Latin America. There are courses in both physical and human geography that place development problems in a global environment context.
Students combining Geography with another subject are registered at SOAS but receive tuition in Geography at KCL’s Strand campus, and enjoy the facilities of both colleges. Applicants should apply to SOAS only.
May be combined with
- African Studies, TL57 BA/GEAF
- Arabic+, LT76 BA/GEA
- Burmese++, LT7H BA/GEBU
- Chinese+, LT71 BA/GECH
- Development Studies, LL97 BA/GEDVS
- Economics, LL17 BA/GEEC
- Georgian, LT79 BA/GNGE
- Hebrew, LQ74 BA/HEGE=
- History, LV71 BA/HGE
- History of Art/Archaeology, LV73 BA/GHAA
- Indonesian++, TLJ7 BA/IGE
- International Relations, LL27 BA/IRG
- Japanese, LT72 BA/JGE
- Korean+, LT7L BA/KOGE
- Law, LM71 BA/LWGE
- Linguistics, LQ73 BA/GELG
- Middle Eastern Studies, TL67 BA/MESGE
- Music, LW73 BA/MSGE
- Persian, LTT6 BA/PGE
- Politics, LL72 BA/POLGE
- Social Anthropology, LL76 BA/SAGE
- South Asian Studies++ (3 Year), TLHR BA/SASGE
- South Asian Studies++ (4 Year), TF38 BA/SASGYA
- South East Asian Studies, TLJR BA/GESEA
- Study of Religions, LV76 BA/SRGE
- Swahili+, LTT5 BA/SWGE
- Thai++, LTT3 BA/THGE
- Tibetan++ (3 Year), LFT1 BA/GT
- Tibetan+ (4 Year), LFT2 BA/GTi
- Turkish+, LTR6 BA/TUGE
- Vietnamese++, LTTJ BA/VGE
+ 4-year degree with (compulsory) one year abroad
++ 3 or 4-year degree with option of one year abroad
The Teaching Programme
Students take the equivalent of four course units a year, made up of combinations of whole (1.0 cu) or half (0.5 cu) course units or equivalent credits at KCL (15 credits = half unit). The range of courses offered and their content may change from year to year but the following gives an indication of the current programme.
Most of the joint honours degrees involve a first year of study where all courses are core and/or compulsory - providing the basic disciplinary building blocks for years two and three. Usually 2 units must be studied in each discipline although there is variation with language degrees, for example, where much of the first year may be devoted to building a basic competence in the language. For details on the SOAS components, see the relevant disciplinary pages on the SOAS website.
Normally in their first year most joint honours students will study in Geography:
- 4SSG0141 Geographical Foundations: the making of the modern world
- 4SSG0140 The Changing Natural Environment
In the second and subsequent years there is much greater flexibility in course choice in your two chosen disciplines, although a minimum number of units in each discipline must be completed to obtain a joint honours degree.
Second year courses are thematically based and explore some of the theoretical and research issues raised in the first year courses. You can specialise in human geography or in physical geography, or take courses in both. Students can also choose to take an assessed field trip half unit course (current locations are India, Morocco, France or San Francisco) which must be combined with a further half unit in methods training (Human or Physical, depending on the choice of location).
In the third year joint honours can choose from a wide range of courses which often draw on the research orientations of the staff. It is possible to do a full unit dissertation (the 1 cu (30 credit) Independent Geographical Study), based on a subject of your own choosing, which is usually researched in the summer vacation of the second year. A member of staff is appointed to assist and advise you on your research for the IGS.
The full list of courses below are available to joint honours BA Geography and... students.
Courses marked with x are available as optional courses in the second or third year of the BA Development Studies and... programme.
Please contact the Student Support Office of your home faculty for advice on specific programme structures and course options.
- Cities: Exploration in Urban Geography - 5SSG2050 (0.5 Unit)
- Climate Variability, Change and Society - 5SSG2051 (0.5 Unit)
- Cultural Landscapes: North American Style - 6SSG3023 (0.5 Units Unit)
- Ecological and Cultural Biogeography - 5SSG2024 (0.5 units Unit)
- Economic and Social Change in Post War Europe - 5SSG2011 (0.5 Unit)
- x Environmental Remote Sensing - 5SSG2043 (0.5 Unit)
- Environmental Risk, Governance, and Society - 6sSG3058 (0.5 units Unit)
- x Historical Geographies of Urbanism - 5SSG2017 (0.5 Unit)
- Natural Hazards - 5SSG2042 (0.5 units Unit)
- x Desert Environments - 104203008 (0.5 Unit)
- x Development Geographies: Livelihood and Policy Contexts - 104202044 (0.5 Unit)
- x Environmental Thought and Practice: Politics, Concepts, and Management - 104202052 (0.5 Unit)
- x Gendered Geographies of Development and Globalisation - 104203057 (0.5 Unit)
- x Japanese Environments - 104203043 (0.5 Unit)
- x Political Economy of Hazardscapes - 104203056 (0.5 Unit)
- x Social Theory and the Environment - 104203065 (0.5 Unit)
- x Global Political Ecology - 104203013 (0.5 Unit)
- x Tropical Forests in a Changing Environment - 104203030 (0.5 Unit)
Teaching & Learning
Year abroadStudents combining geography with a language in a 4-year degree spend a year abroad.
According to a recent survey, Geography graduates are amongst those much in demand. Careers followed by our graduates have been wide-ranging and include merchant banking, journalism and broadcasting as well as work in a variety of non-governmental organisations in Asia and Africa as well as in Europe.
Liv Hernaes - BA Geography & Development Studies
Before coming to SOAS I studied Sociology at the University of Oslo and went travelling to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. I chose SOAS because of its good reputation and because it would give me a possibility to choose courses not available to me in Norway. To study in such a culturally diverse environment as SOAS makes the experience complete. Viewing education as a struggle for knowledge, SOAS has provided me with a critical awareness and challenged me intellectually as well as socially.
A Student's Perspective
The name says it all – it specialises in areas you wouldn’t normally be able to study elsewhere, and is truly an outstanding academic institution.