Geography, BSc Hons

Geography, BSc Hons

BSc Geography degree students study the natural world and learn about the impacts humans have on the environment. The range of skills geography graduates acquire makes them attractive to a wide range of employers. In first year, students follow courses that explore geographic issues from the perspectives of natural, physical and social science. In Years 2 and 3 they specialise in physical geography courses. The dissertation provides a unique opportunity to study a topic of particular interest in considerable depth. Fieldwork is an essential part of the programme with trips funded by the Department. Trips have included visits to the New Forest, Lake District and Spain. Successful completion of at least 36 weeks of the optional work placement will result in the award of a Diploma of Industrial Study. We also have collaborative arrangements with universities in the Netherlands, Italy, and France, permitting students to study abroad for a period of time under the Erasmus European Exchange scheme.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide an understanding of the natural and physical environment including the earth's landforms, rivers, oceans, atmosphere, flora and fauna
  • To provide an understanding of sustainability and the impacts of human activity on the natural environment
  • To train you in the principal techniques of investigation and data analysis employed in Physical Geography.

UCAS code

F800 M BSc/Geog

Department

The Natural Resources Institute (NRI)

Location

Medway Campus

Attendance

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
4-6 years part-time

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

300 UCAS points

FROM A-level geography and one other suitable A-level

OR BTEC National, DVCE or Advanced GNVQ grades, or equivalent qualifications will be considered

PLUS a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above (including English and mathematics) or equivalent qualifications.

* We welcome applications from mature students.

Assessment

Students are assessed through exams, coursework and fieldwork.

Career options

Graduates have opportunities in regeneration, conservation, environmental consultancies, natural resource/environmental management, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil service, information services, teaching and other education-related areas.

Course content

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 45 credits from this list of options.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options.

Year 2

Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Year 4

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 1 course from this list of options.

Year 5

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Year 6

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Sandwich

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

  • Work Placement Course - MS

Year 4

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 45 credits from this list of options.

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Geography and Environmental Science

Learn about the world around you - its nature, environment, society and cultures. Explore the problems we’re facing such as climate change and pollution and get hands on experience at home and abroad.

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