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BSc (Hons)Geography

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Overview

Our BSc degree addresses important questions about whether the planet’s natural resources are able to sustain an increasing population, how physical earth systems respond to human activity and changing climate, how we manage resources, and how we live with environmental change. If you are interested in environmental issues and like the idea of addressing problems on global and local scales, then this is the programme for you.

Many people who take the Geography BSc (Hons) programme choose the Physical Geography modules, which are more scientifically based, but the full range of Human Geography modules is also open to you and the flexibility of the degree allows you to shape your own programme of study. This means that you can either specialise in physical geography or study both physical and human geography as part of a BSc degree. You can also take up to two 15 credit modules per year from other subjects so you can maintain an interest in another discipline as part of your BSc Geography degree. We will guide you in your module choice to ensure that you choose modules which complement each other and follow a pathway which will help you to gain skills and knowledge relevant for your future career.

In order to give a strong foundation to your degree, all students take core modules in Year One which help introduce you to the breadth of the subject, and to give you a grounding in the key concepts and skills which are integral to the rest of the course. These include Experiments in Physical Geography (which won an award for innovative teaching in 2013); Changes in Earth Surface Processes (includes five/six days fieldwork) and Living with Environmental Change.

You then get a choice of optional modules from within physical or human geography, or from other disciplines including Geology, Oceanography, Ecology, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, Modern Languages, Sociology, Psychology, and Planning, amongst many others.

In Year Two skills development is a central part of the course, with core modules in Research Skills, Principles and Theory in Geography and a week-long field class to Lorca, Spain. You can then choose additional modules from a range of physical geography specialisms, including Climatology; Catchment Hydrology; Geomorphology: Ice, Sea and Air; and Soils, Slopes and the Environment; along with human geography modules and those from other disciplines.

In Year Three, you will complete a dissertation – which brings together the skills and techniques learnt in the degree to produce an independent piece of academic research. Specialist modules at Year Three include Natural Hazards and Society, Coastal Environments, Fluvial Environments, and Human-Environmental Interactions. There are also opportunities for overseas field study in destinations such as Almeria (Spain) and Santa Cruz (California).

Programme structure

Programme Year One

Core modules

Study Skills and GIS
Experiments in Physical Geography I
Changes in Earth Surface Processes
Experiments in Physical Geography II
Living with Environmental Change

Optional modules

Ecology and Conservation
Research Frontiers in Human Geography
New Horizons in Human Geography
Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics
Climate, Atmosphere and Oceans
Mathematics and Physics for Environmental Scientists
Minerals, Magmas and Volcanoes
Introduction to Sedimentary Rocks and Fossils
Ocean Chemistry and Life
Human Geography through Merseyside
Lab and Field Techniques for Ecologists

Programme Year Two

Core modules

Research Skills (Geography and Environmental Science)
Principles and Theory in Geography
European Field Class

Optional modules

Quaternary Environmental Change
Soils, Slopes and the Environment
Catchment Hydrology
Climatology Geomorphology: Ice, Sea and Air
Statistics for Environmental Scientists
Statistics for Social Scientists
GIS for Human Geography
Environmental Sustainability
An introduction to Environmental History
Oceanography of Estuaries and Shelf Seas
Magmatism and Volcanic Hazards
Sedimentary Processes and Depositional Environments
Palaeobiology and Evolution
Political Economies of Globalisation
Population and Societies
Rural Geographies
Social and Cultural Geographies
Cities and Regions
Deep Earth Mineralisation Systems
Dynamic Stratigraphy
The Polluted Earth – Problems and Remedies

Programme Year Three

Core modules

Dissertation or Work Based Dissertation

One optional field class module:

Europe or Santa Cruz (California)

Optional modules

Natural Hazards and Society
Human-Environment Interactions
Geographies of Energy and Natural Resources
Issues in Geography
Geographic Data Science
Climate Change: A Critical Review
Coastal Environments: Spatial and Temporal Change
Fluvial Environments
Geographies of Resistance
European Population Trends
Postcolonial Geographies
Poland: Political, Social and Cultural Geographies since 1939
Ocean Dynamics
Ocean Carbon Cycle
Science Communication

Career opportunities

Combined with the high regard in which our qualifications are held, this has enabled recent graduates to embark on rewarding careers with a broad range of public and private sector organisations. Some are putting their geographical knowledge to direct use working in jobs such as environment assistant for the Environment Agency, ranger, government researcher, resource planner and in business development. Other graduates are putting the transferable skills they have gained into practice in careers such as accountancy, teaching and management, and a significant number join graduate training programmes in major organisations.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States