Social Sciences (Geography) (R23-GEO) BA (Hons)
The Open University
Key Course Facts
This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Social Sciences (R23) degree. Half of your studies will be in interdisciplinary social science and sociology, giving you a firm grounding in the knowledge and ideas that are central to the social sciences. For the other half, you’ll learn how key geographical concepts can be applied to some of the most pressing challenges of the twenty-first century, including globalisation, development, climate change, migration and urbanisation. On completion of your degree, you’ll be able to apply geographical and social theories to current debates, analyse and assess different types of evidence, including statistical data, and carry out independent project-based work. You’ll also have gained a wide range of transferable skills – opening up employment opportunities in private, public and voluntary sector organisations.
Key features of the course
Specialise in human geography within a broad interdisciplinary social science degree.
Explore real world problems such as globalisation and climate change.
Enhance your employability with valued skills, including analysing and evaluating evidence, and communicating specialist ideas and information to different audiences.
Gain a degree directly relevant to careers in planning, local government, environmental management and teaching.
Below you can see course specific reviews for 224 graduates of Social Sciences (Geography) (R23-GEO) BA (Hons) at The Open University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Geography.
Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
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Average student cost of living in the UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
Positions of The Open University in top UK and global rankings.
Rankings of The Open University in related subject specific rankings.
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About The Open University
The Open University was established in 1969 in Milton Keynes, and is the largest university in the UK for undergraduate education. The OU is among the most prestigious distance-learning institutions in the United Kingdom, enjoying numerous awards and accreditations, including Triple Crown status for their Business School.
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Geography (Science) BSc (Hons)||University of Exeter||63%||3%||1%||£9250||£25000||150||Exeter||On campus Full-time|
|Geography/Scottish Literature MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||79%||3%||2%||£27750||£70480||180||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Geography with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)||Liverpool John Moores University||88%||5%||5%||£9250||£11000||128||Liverpool||On campus Full-time|
|Creative Writing and Geography (with Foundation Year) BA (Hons)||Liverpool Hope University||86%||5%||10%||£9250||£11400||105||Liverpool||On campus Full-time|
|Geography and Philosophy & Ethics BA (Hons)||Liverpool Hope University||86%||0%||5%||£9250||£11400||105||Liverpool||On campus Full-time|
|Marine Geography MSc||Cardiff University||72%||5%||3%||£9000||£23450||128||Cardiff||On campus Full-time|
|Geography with International Year Abroad BSc (Hons)||University of Worcester||89%||0%||0%||£9250||£13100||97||Worcester||On campus Full-time|
|Geography and Archaeology with Professional Placement BSc (Hons)||University of Reading||83%||0%||5%||£9250||£23700||121||Reading||On campus Full-time|
|Economics and Geography BA (Hons)||York St John University||100%||0%||9%||£9250||£12750||82||York||On campus Full-time|
|Business and Geography BA (Hons)||University of Keele||88%||1%||10%||£9250||£16000||104||Newcastle under Lyme||On campus Full-time|