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Geography courses

Whether you’re seeking to gain a new perspective on the way we understand and respond to the major environmental challenges of our time, or looking to advance your career, studying a geography course with the Open University is a smart choice. Find out more about our geography qualifications below.

Mining operation in geographical landscape

Geography

Degree 

Stage 1120 credits
Stage 2120 credits
Stage 3120 credits
Total of 360 credits 

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 6 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 3 years


Geography

Diploma 

Stage 1120 credits
Stage 2120 credits
Total of 240 credits 

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 4 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 2 years


Geography

Certificate 

Stage 1120 credits
Total of 120 credits 

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 2 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 1 year

Why study Geography with The Open University?

The Open University Geography Department has a record of producing innovative research and teaching. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework exercise, over 75% of our research outputs ranked as world leading or internationally recognised in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

Benefits of studying geography with us:

  • Our courses and qualifications use cutting edge thinking to address current and emerging social and environmental issues, whilst remaining accessible to those new to studying Geography.
  • You’ll have the option to learn from the richness of particular places and situations, with the option to undertake both virtual and residential fieldwork.*
  • Regular contact with your tutor and our student support team, there to support you on your learning journey.
  • Courses that are accessible to all and recognised as such by employers and professional bodies.

Careers in Geography

In the face of increasing global social and environmental challenges, the skill and knowledge of geography graduates is becoming increasingly valuable to organisations seeking to adapt to new ways of working.

Our range of courses can help you begin or progress your career in:

  • Local and central government
  • Secondary school teacher 
  • Environmental consultancy
  • Energy efficient industries
  • Transport and logistics 

*As a part of our response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we don’t expect to be able to offer face-to-face tuition on modules beginning before 31 August 2021. For any face-to-face events we’re unable to offer, online alternatives will be provided instead.

Looking for something other than a qualification?

The majority of our modules can be studied by themselves, on a stand-alone basis. If you later choose to work towards a qualification, you may be able to count your study towards it.

See our full list of Geography modules

All Geography courses

Browse all the Geography courses we offer – certificates, diplomas and degrees.

See our full list of Geography courses