Economic and geographic issues dominate the news and shape the world we live in. On this BSc Geography and Economics (Regional Science) course you will cover everything from globalisation and consumerism to sustainability and responses to epidemics.
This joint degree combines the study of human geography and economics by focusing on the spatial implications of economic processes and the economic implications of social processes.
You will gain analytical skills and specialist knowledge of economics as you develop through this course, giving you a valuable edge over other applicants when it comes to getting a job.
Research techniques include a range of methods of quantitative analysis as well as interviewing and ethnographic approaches enabling you to develop a wide range of skills.
You can also choose to study abroad or take a year of professional experience as part of your degree, usually between your second and third year of study. Recent destinations for a study abroad year include Melbourne, Australia and Ottawa, Canada.
This course provides opportunities for you to work with partner organisations on research projects. Recent examples include Thames Water, the Environment Agency, Reading Borough Council, the Earth Trust, Reading Buses and West Berkshire Wildlife Group.
You will benefit from the links that members of staff have with industry and with external organisations such as NGOs, local authorities, and government departments. Recently, a final-year student undertook field work for her dissertation at the Environmental Studies Centre in Cyprus, benefiting from the expertise and facilities available in a challenging and exciting environment overseas.
The department also runs study abroad schemes in the UK and enjoys active links with approved partner universities in Europe, Australia, Canada or the USA. In the autumn term of your final year, you will have the chance to study abroad for a term. All classes are conducted in English and bursaries are available to help with travel and accommodation costs.
For more information, please visit the Department of Geography and Environmental Science website.
I believe the University of Reading offers one of the best programmes. I appreciate the interdisciplinary approach to learning, which skilfully interweaves the concepts of economics and human geography.