Gain an advanced understanding of human, physical and environmental geography, on a practically focused course. You apply your knowledge to real-world problems and issues using geographical ideas, skills and techniques that are developed on the course. During the course, you combine both the academic and vocational aspects of geography. The interdisciplinary nature of geography encourages an understanding of principles from the natural and the social sciences. You also develop professional, transferable skills in areas including report writing, presentations and IT. Key areas include • human geography • physical geography • environmental science • field research skills. You can follow a themed route in each year, such as • international development • environmental studies • geographical information systems (GIS) • foreign languages. **Gain transferrable skills** You gain a broad range of transferable skills that are attractive to employers such as • teamwork • IT skills • data analysis (qualitative and quantitative) • research • critical thinking • presentation skills • report writing • fieldwork experience • languages. **Fieldwork in the UK and overseas** As well as our onsite facilities, we also use the outside world as a resource for our teaching, including urban and rural areas in the UK, the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Tenerife and Iceland. Fieldwork is important for putting your learning into context and these are some of the richest learning experiences on the course. **Placements and work experience** You get the opportunity to put what you are taught into practice in the workplace by completing a year long work placement or shorter periods of work experience. We help you find a suitable placement and support you during the experience. Recently our students have gained placements at • local authorities • Wildlife trusts • Environment Agency • Transport for London • Global Vision International • Peak District National Park Authority. **Research-informed teaching and facilities** You also benefit from the research interests and expertise of enthusiastic staff with strong links across the range of geographical areas. This active relationship with research and relevant employment sectors ensures that what you study is up to date with current geographical issues. Our computer suites have IT technician support and run specialist software, including the latest geographical information systems (GIS). You can learn how to use this software to complete projects, preparing you for employment where these IT skills are important. **Study abroad** You can gain international experience by studying abroad as part of the course. We are members of the international Erasmus programme and students who chose to study at a European partner university will often be eligible for grants. Our students have recently gone to Tampere in Finland and Sognaogfjordane in Norway to study and we also have links in countries including • France • Germany • Czech Republic • Austria • Spain. We also have similar links with international universities outside Europe, including the University of Queensland in Australia and Ryerson University in Canada. Many of our European partner institutions teach in English, but to support your international placement, or future international aspirations, you can study a foreign language in one, two or three years of study.