Geography (Postgraduate Certificate)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


One year part-time


One to two evenings a week, plus some weekend classes

Birkbeck's Postgraduate Certificate in Geography offers you the opportunity to tailor a postgraduate programme in geography 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.

We offer a wide choice of modules that 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 Postgraduate Certificate 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 a full Master's programme. This flexible, part-time evening study course allows you to explore your passion for geography and you can go on to complete our Postgraduate Diploma or MSc Geography, if you wish.

You can choose from a wide range of topics, including:

  • Development studies
  • Energy and climate change
  • Critical social geographies
  • Critical geographies of nature
  • Contesting culture
  • Environment and security
  • Environmental science
  • Environment and policy
  • Sustainable business practice
  • Environmental reporting and management systems
  • Gender and development
  • Geographic information science and remote sensing
  • International childhood studies
  • Spatial analysis and statistics
  • War, conflict and development.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Birkbeck's professional recruitment service, Birkbeck Talent, can help you secure paid interning and work opportunities to give you the edge in a competitive job market.
  • 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.
  • This is complemented by an extensive student support system and excellent research resources.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.
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Course structure

The programme comprises of 60 credits of modules choosing from a wide range of option modules offered within our Department of Geography,

You will discuss your personal and professional interests and ambitions with the programme director and together plan a bespoke, coherent programme of study for you to follow.

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