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Geography and Tourism

Please note that new student recruitment to this course has been suspended for the September 2018 intake. If you would like information about our alternative course, please visit theBA (Hons) Geography course page.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
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Geography and Environmental Management
Three years full-time
Programme leader:
Dr Maria Casado-Diaz
Key fact:
This course helps you combine your interest in geography with your passion for travel and tourism and turn it into a rewarding career.

Page last updated 6 July 2018


Why study geography and tourism?

Tourism is one of the world's biggest and most diverse industries and studying tourism geographies has never been more relevant or interesting.

There is a demand for professionals who can analyse connections between tourism and current geographical issues.

These can range from the globalisation of economies to the environmental and sustainability challenges relating to natural resources, ecosystems and societies.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Geography and Tourism provides you with solid geographical knowledge and skills with a subject specialism in tourism.

Learn how tourism destinations are created and maintained. Gain a sound knowledge of contemporary theories and research on tourism and apply them on UK and overseas field trips.

Critically evaluate policy and practice in the planning, management and sustainability of tourism in different contexts.

Explore the need for ethical tourism to achieve a sustainable balance between people, place and development. Build your social and environmental conscience to help you resolve real-world problems.

Research and experience real-life issues associated with the development and management of tourism. Develop professional skills in mapping, environmental assessment, policy interpretation, geographical statistics, qualitative research and computer-based spatial analysis.

Apply your learning on a work placement in your area of interest.

Hone your leadership potential and become a change maker in this rapidly changing industry.

Where can it take me?

A combined understanding of geography and tourism opens up a wide range of career opportunities in the public, private and voluntary sectors.  

You could work in tourism, planning, policy making, environmental consultancy, economic development, urban and rural regeneration, conservation, energy or government.

You could also choose a career in research or teaching.



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Understanding Tourism
  • Culture, Society and Place
  • Geographies of Globalisation
  • Field study in Human Geography
  • Geographical Skills.

Year two

You will study:

  • Planning Sustainable Tourism
  • Researching Human Geography
  • Culture, Geography and Tourism
  • Professional Development for Geographers
  • Practising Sustainability.

Plus two optional modules from:

  • Managing Global Resources
  • Migration, Policy and Society
  • Regenerating Cities
  • Rural Change and Development
  • Geographies of Security.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Final Year Project

or (if a Placement year has been completed)

  • Placement Project
  • Independent Project.

Plus you will study:

  • International Tourism Development and the Environment
  • Contemporary Issues in Tourism.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Transforming Cities
  • GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Advanced Geographical Expedition
  • Environmental Management in the Global South.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Our lecturing staff achieve consistently high scores on the National Student Survey and provide a friendly environment for learning. They're active researchers or industrial consultants and stay aware of advances in the field.

We work with organisations such as Tourism Concern, Equality in Tourism, the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers and the Geographical Association to create a programme that has real-world relevance. There are opportunities for you to develop useful networks to enhance your career.

Find out more about our department's approach to learning and teaching.

Learn through a blend of lectures, seminars, small group work, debates, fieldwork, practical work such as IT and internet skills, report writing, wiki development and conference organisation.

Attend presentations from visiting professionals to learn about industry challenges and decide which field to go into. Develop key analytical, communication and business skills that will help you succeed in the workplace.

Receive mentoring from more advanced students through our Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

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Socialise and campaign

Meet fellow geographers and campaign on environmental issues in our thriving Geography Society.

Showcase your work

Demonstrate your environmental ideas at the annual degree show.

Study time

Lectures, workshops and seminars, group project work and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact time each week.

You'll be expected to spend at least twice as much time studying independently and studying for assessments.


Modules are assessed through a combination of coursework, essays, reports, blogs, wikis, projects, presentations, field exercises and exams.

Exams take place at the middle and end of each year and include written exams, in-class tests or assessed presentations. You'll complete most coursework individually but there are some group assignments.

We encourage you to do formative work, eg practice tests, to prepare for assessments. This doesn't count towards your final marks but feedback should help you enhance your grade.

Support is available if you have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy and study skills.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

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Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

Studying geography with tourism opens up a wide range of careers. Placements reflect this, with past students gaining valuable experience at travel companies and visitor destinations.

Bristol is a sustainability hub and gained recognition as European Green Capital in 2015. It's also the UK's first Cycle City. Students have found exciting placements locally in this field.

Read Chris's story to see how his studies helped him find a job as a Travel Consultant for a luxury tour operator.

You'll get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.


Field trips are an important part of this course. You will also go on three residential trips.

Year one

A UK-based residential trip to study tourism-related issues, industrial archaeology and changes in the rural landscape.

Year two

A week overseas focusing on tourism development, urban development and rural change.

Final year

Two weeks on an advanced geographical expedition to an overseas location. Recent destinations include Iceland, China and Kenya. 

You'll study a range of environmental, social and economic issues at the expedition destination.

Watch a student slideshow about studying Iceland's diverse geography on an advanced expedition.

Study facilities

Learn in modern, well-equipped facilities and conduct spatial enquiry and analyse data using industry-standard geographic information system (GIS) and statistical software in our computer labs.

Study and collaborate on group assignments in our dedicated Project Room.

This mix of traditional and highly creative learning environments enables you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.



Careers / Further study

You'll be able to apply the skills and knowledge developed through this programme to a range of opportunities across the tourism industry.

Employers could include travel companies, accommodation providers and bodies that promote tourism. A key feature of the programme is its advocacy for more sustainability so you'll have a strong foundation in campaigning, political engagement and policy development.

You could also choose to work in complementary areas such planning, policy-making, environmental consultancy, economic development, urban and rural regeneration, and conservation.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.


Students starting this course in September 2018 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your joining instructions are available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages about your Registration and Enrolment. If you have not received the email please contact our Applicant Experience Team by email at so we may check that we have the correct address.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: Geography, Environmental Studies, Land and Environment
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from students without the conventional entrance requirements but who do have substantial relevant work or other experience and whose motivation and skills would enable them to succeed on the course.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

UCAS Extra: Apply for this programme through UCAS Extra between 25 February and 4 July 2018. We aim to give you a response to your application within 21 days.

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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