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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
This Postgraduate Diploma offers you the opportunity to tailor a postgraduate programme in Geography at Birkbeck, University of London to your own interests and professional needs. You can select modules from the exciting range offered in our Department and bring them together into a bespoke programme.

About

The modules are designed to respond to the demands of today's workplace and are linked to the cutting-edge research interests of our staff. This programme gives you the opportunity to study with internationally recognised experts who are defining the field with their ground-breaking research. Ours is a lively, stimulating environment in which to study and research.

You will also benefit from our mix of classroom and field-based teaching, including a number of fieldwork opportunities that bring together students to build social and professional networks and develop important skills in data collection and analysis. You will develop the social and technical skills you need for both academic research and the modern workplace.

The Geography Postgraduate Diploma at Birkbeck, University of London is structured exactly the same as our MSc Geography, but you take fewer modules. It is ideal if you are interested in studying geography at postgraduate level for personal or professional reasons, but don't want to commit to the dissertation element of a full Master's programme. This flexible evening study course allows you to explore your passion for geography and you can go on to complete our MSc Geography, if you wish.

Highlights

  • Our Department of Geography thrives on the breadth of research interests of our staff. This means that we offer a wide range of postgraduate courses in geography, as well as allowing students to engage with other disciplines such as anthropology and international development. We offer multiple approaches to the study of societies and cultures, human geography, and sustainability, poverty and development, as well as community and citizenship, at local, regional and global levels.
  • Birkbeck's mode of teaching is unique: it is almost all in the evening or at weekends, including fieldwork, so you can also gain relevant work experience during the day.
  • You will be surrounded by committed fellow students from all cultures, backgrounds and career stages, who share their experience and expertise with their peers. Many of our students work in areas under discussion and so can bring their experience to bear in discussions about theory and practice.
  • We are proud of our vibrant research culture, powered by a shared passion for learning and intellectual engagement among our academics and students. We have a strong commitment to social justice, which is demonstrated in much of our research.

Careers and Employability

Graduates go on to careers in business, environmental management, local government, policy work, and in environmental groups and charities. Possible professions include geographical information systems officer, nature conservation officer, policy researcher or environmental consultant. This degree can also be useful in becoming a planning and development surveyor or town planner, a market researcher or tourism officer.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Anthropology, Culture and Development
  • Cities and Urban Inequalities Level 7
  • Climate Change
  • Critical Social Geographies
  • Culture and Development: postcolonial perspectives

        Detailed Programme Facts

        • More details: You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process.
        • Programme intensity Full-time
          • Full-time duration 12 months
        • Credits
          120 alternative credits
        • Languages
          • English
        • Delivery mode
          On Campus
        • More information Go to the programme website

        English Language Requirements

        You need the following IELTS score:

        • Minimum required score:

          7

          The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

          Schedule IELTS

        Academic Requirements

        You need the following GPA score:

        Required score: Lower Second Class

        Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

        Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

        General Requirements

        • Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.
        • We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.
        • On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.
        • You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

        Tuition Fee

        • International

          10150 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 10150 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
        • EU/EEA

          5600 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 5600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

        Living costs for London

        • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
          Living Costs

        The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

        Funding

        Check the programme website for information about funding options.

        Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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