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Human Geography with Tourism Development BA (Hons)


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Human geography is all about understanding the evolution of places, landscapes and environments. You’ll enhance your understanding of human geography concepts and techniques with applied tourism practices from within a vibrant world city. This is a combined degree that’s weighted 70-per cent Human Geography with 30-percent Tourism Development.

6 reasons to study here

Experienced staff: Taught by staff with track records of academic research, professional practice and consultancy and strong links to public, private and voluntary sector employers.
Fit to your interests: Optional modules allow you to tailor your degree to your interests and future career ambitions.
London's rich resources: We use our distinctive central London location to investigate (through local site visits) the societal challenges and processes facing global cities in the 21st Century.
Guest speakers: Benefit from inspiring speakers from public, private sector and third sector organisations, as well as academia, will bring specialisms and real world contextualisation.
Residential field trips: Fieldwork is invaluable for putting into context what you've learnt in lectures, seminars and from your own research - we'll explore sites in Cornwall (UK) and in the South of France. There is no additional cost for residential field trips.
Represent the human world: From maps and texts to visuals and digital technologies you'll learn to prepare prepare maps, diagrams and other forms of spatial representation using appropriate IT and GIS technologies.

This degree course covers...

  • the societal challenges and processes facing global 21 century cities - like London
  • human geography theory and techniques
  • GIS technologies
  • geographies of tourim
  • destination marketing
  • transport planning
  • sustainable and ethical approaches to tourism
  • geopolitics.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
3 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus
5 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus

Case studies


Year 1

  • Human geographies of London
    This module uses the rich resources and the dynamic setting of London to explore the techniques and ideas human geographers use to understand urban life and in particular the issues faced by this global city. Case study visits are a core part of your learning experience and enable you to practice field research and observation skills. Assessment: 100% coursework.
  • Society, space and place
    This module explores key ideas that help us understand how places are structured and created. We'll examine processes of economic, social and cultural change and academic attempts to conceptualise these shifts. In particular we'll look at how these shifts affect different groups of people and different places in different ways. This in turn raises issues over the extent to which planning can design manage and regulate change in the built environment. ‘Survey, analysis and plan’ remains one of the key methodologies of planning. This module gives you an introduction to some of the intellectual tools and understandings that are crucial to this approach. Assessment: 100% coursework.
  • Making sustainable places
    This module examines the challenges faced when trying to make places more sustainable and encourage appropriate forms of future development. A residential field study visit is integral to the module and provides you with the opportunity to meet with professionals engaged in key professions, such as planning, tourism and housing. Assessment: 100% coursework.
  • Exploring human geographies
    This module introduces the main themes, topics and sub-disciplines of human geography and the contribution a geographical imagination brings to our understanding of social and environmental worlds. Assessment: 1500-word essay (50%) and multiple choice test (50%).
  • Geographical investigations
    This module examines a range of ways in which geographical information is produced and communicated. We'll focus on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and how planners and other relevant agencies, stakeholders and interests groups, compile, represent and use geographical data. Assessment: coursework, evaluating report of local authority GIS systems (50%) and an alternative map for an urban environment (50%).
  • Geographies of tourism
    This module introduces you to the fields of geography and human geography through the lens of tourism. You'll assess important overarching debates and issues between the disciplines. This module will help you gain a critical, holistic and responsible approach to the development and management of tourism. Assessment: 100% coursework.

Year 2

  • Social and cultural geographies
    On this module you'll examine the founding thinkers of social and cultural geography before examining the current research interests and contribution of this expanding area of human geography. A key focus will be structures and geographies of identity and difference, including issues of cultural difference, gender, disability and sexuality. You'll learn to appreciate that the key dimensions of inequality are socially constructed, and that geography plays a crucial role in those constructions. Assessment: 100% coursework.
  • Geographies of regeneration
    On this module you'll focus on the challenges involved in regenerating urban and rural environments facing challenges of decline and restructuring. A key focus will be the role of local scale interventions and strategies through planning and regeneration agencies. This module is based around a residential field study visit in a European city. Assessment: critical field study report (3,500 words).
  • Economic geographies
    This module examines debates and themes across the sub-discipline of economic geography. Emphasis is placed on assessing the character of local labour markets along with strategies for local economic development. Assessment: 100% coursework.
  • Transport and mobilities
    This module examines the geographies and planning of transport. We'll focus on the importance of modes of transport for patterns of land-use and the construction of sustainable futures. It also examines how issues of power and equality underpin mobility: who can move, how and in what ways. You'll learn a range of research methods appropriate to transport research and social survey analysis. Assessment: 100% coursework - a transport study (3500 words).
  • Destination management
    This module introduces you to the complex relationships among stakeholders, resources, institutional structures and development philosophies which help to determine the nature of physical tourism development and the supporting tourism policies. We'll also consider concepts and techniques that may be applied to tourist destination in order to manage their ongoing growth and to avert the effects of decline. Assessment:100% coursework.

Plus a choice from:

  • Tourism and the global south
    This module introduces you to the framework for analysing tourism development in developing countries, the key players, components and considerations involved in the development process. Assessment: 100% coursework.
  • Work experience
    This module enables you to reflect critically upon a period of work experience so as to enhance their future employability.  In addition to staff advice and contact the student will gain the support of the University’s Employability Service. Assessment: 100% coursework.

Year 3

  • Dissertation
    The 10,000-word dissertation is a double-weighted module that runs over two semesters. It's an intensive piece of student-devised learning which can include empirical research. You'll choose your own research topic. The dissertation allows you to engage with a substantial piece of research and writing which is self-initiated and supported by a specified academic supervisor. Assessment: 100% coursework.
  • Geopolitics
    This module examines how political geographers interpret the changing structures and dynamics of international relations. We'll examine the changing world orders and disorders of global politics through time. A key focus is the characteristics of the contemporary ‘new world order’ and how this is represented by academics, politicians, policy communities and across popular culture. Assessment: 100% coursework.
  • Cities and representation
    This module explores the ways in which the changing geographies of cities have been conceptualised and represented across a range of written and visual media through history. The implications of such representations for policy and practice, particularly for spatial planning, are a central theme of the module.  Assessment: 100% coursework.
  • Destination marketing
    This module starts by looking at the development of destinations and the challenges this offers the marketer. We'll then explore the strategic setting of goals for destination marketing, market positioning and branding, marketing approaches adopted by the industry (emphasising the development of inter organisational relationships), the role of governments in the process and the impact of information technologies. Assessment: 100% coursework, a 4,000-word marketing plan.
  • Urban tourism
    The module explores the growth of tourism and hospitality as a dynamic driver of post-industrial economies, analysing models from around the world. It also seeks to understand how different urban environments such as city centres, historic cities, and other honey pots cope with the pressure of high levels of use and why some areas such as northern European seaside resorts, face intractable problems in developing their leisure economies. The module also consider models to measure economic and social impact. Assessment: 100% coursework.


Graduates gain skills relevant to a wide range of career opportunities:

  • you'll be able to prepare and interpret maps, diagrams and other forms of spatial representation using appropriate IT and GIS technologies
  • demonstrate specialist professional practice, policy and business skills and techniques relevant to careers in planning, housing or tourism
  • and articulate policy and development strategies toward more environmentally sustainable and socially just futures.

Internship opportunities

Meet Lee McGavin, ABTA’s intern for 2017. Lee applied for the internship as his university, London South Bank, is an ABTA Education Partner. Only the 12 ABTA Education Partner Universities can put forward students for the ABTA internship. If your university is an ABTA Partner you can apply now for next year’s internship. Applications close on 1 March 2018.

Below is just one example of the fantastic partnerships and strong relationships LSBU has with employers.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
  • Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
  • mentoring and work shadowing schemes.



Neil Adams

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies
Job title: Course Director - BA Urban & Environmental Planning

Neil has extensive experience in international research and consultancy, focusing on European spatial planning and rural and regional development, with a particular focus on Central and Eastern Europe.

Dr Michael Leary-Owhin

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies
Job title: Course Director - MA Planning, Policy and Practice

Dr Leary-Owhin's interest is in the production of urban public space and he has studied Manchester's 'regeneration' since the 1970s as well as international urban regeneration focusing on Lowell MA and Vancouver. His recent publications include: Exploring the production of urban space: Differential space in three post-industrial cities and The Routledge Companion to Urban Regeneration.

Dr Manuela Madeddu

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies
Job title: Senior Lecturer and Course Director - MA Urban Design and Planning

Dr Manuela Madeddu is a qualified architect and holds a PhD in town planning. She is an urban designer and her research interests range from public spaces to housing quality and Feng Shui.

Dr Antonia Noussia

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies
Job title: Course Director, MSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management

Combining her training in architecture, conservation and cultural geography, Antonia adopts an inter-disciplinary approach to understanding the spatial expression of cultures on the landscape - primarily the interaction of heritage, tourism and migration. She teaches at both undergraduate and postgrduate level, including PhD supervision.  Her main areas of teaching are destination planning and management, tourism development in less developed countries, urban design, and planning practice.

Dr Philip Pinch

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies
Job title: Associate Professor: Human Geography

Phil is an Associate Professor in Human Geography within the Division of Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies. His research interests include moto-mobilities, the politics of sustainable design, and European spatial planning.

Dr Yvonne Robinson

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Senior Research Fellow

Dr Yvonne Robinson has a broad range of research and publication interests including children and young people, education, race, ethnicity and the arts.

Dr Duncan Tyler

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies
Job title: Head of the Division of Urban Environment and Leisure Studies

Duncan teaches research methods, tourism enterprise, destination management, city marketing and tourism policy. In addition to being Head of Division, Duncan is responsible for promoting research, external liaison and collaborations, is Vice Chair of the Association for Tourism in Higher Education and adviser to two awarding bodies.

Alan Winter

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies
Job title: Associate Professor: Housing

Alan teaches on housing association governance, social welfare, social and housing policy, sustainability and European housing. He previously worked in local authority housing departments.


Teaching and learning

Your subject knowledge and your understanding will be delivered through a variety of teaching and learning strategies:


Lectures will deliver key topic areas across the programme. Guest speakers from public, private sector and third sector organisations, as well as academia, will bring specialisms and real world contextualisation. Interactive seminars and workshops will support the lectures and encourage you to actively participate throughout the academic year, learning from your peers and sharing knowledge and support amongst the diverse student body.


Experiential learning and this is central to the teaching and learning strategy of the course, which includes local site visits across London and residential field trips in the UK (Cornwall) and Europe (Southern France). Fieldwork is invaluable for putting into context what is learned in lectures, seminars and from the students own reading and self-directed research.

Self-managed learning

Self-managed learning activities supplement and consolidate classroom-based activity. These include:

  • reading texts and relevant journals
  • application of  knowledge to additional problem-based exercises
  • engaging in coursework
  • group discussion
  • review of key topics
  • seminar preparation.

Many of these activities are supported by the Moodle virtual learning environment (VLE).


The methods of assessment for each module are documented in the 'Modules Tab'.

The range of assignments that we use to assess your knowledge and understanding are diverse including:

  • essays
  • reports
  • oral presentations
  • poster presentations
  • group work exercises
  • debates
  • data analysis (statistical, graphic and textual)
  • laboratory work
  • field reports
  • GIS and mapping
  • research proposals
  • applied project work
  • reflective commentaries on work-based learning
  • examinations.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level BCC or:
  • BTEC National Diploma MMM or:
  • Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or:
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

Visit UCAS for guidance on the 2018 tariff.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
3 years
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5 years
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All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 4845Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £37500

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.


We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Fees for 2017

Fees for 2017 have not yet been published for this course. Please check back later in the year. Fees are likely to be in line with the rest of our undergraduate degree programmes.

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Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

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