BSc Physical Geography F840

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  1. UCAS code:
    F840
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    ABB-BBB
  3. Top-rated Geography Degrees in Wales, Swansea University (UNISTATS 2012)

Course Overview

Colorado Plateau 2012

The BSc Physical Geography degree scheme is aimed at students who know their interests lie in physical geography. Students take physical geography modules at level One, plus geology. At Levels Two and Three, students study compulsory modules (research methods, approaches to geography, field course, dissertation) that focus on physical geography, and optional modules are selected from those covering physical geography.

Key Features

  • A UK Top 10 Geography department for graduate prospects [Complete University Guide 2016]
  • TOP in the UK for student satisfaction - 100% - Geography students at Swansea satisfied with their course [National Student Survey 2014]
  • Geography at Swansea is in the UK TOP 10 for research impact [Research Excellence Framework 2014]
  • We offer numerous activities for work experience and internships and a dedicated programme of activities designed to enhance your employability
  • £4.2m investment on a state-of-the-art Science laboratories and teaching rooms to enhance the learning and teaching rooms to enhance the learning and teaching environment
  • International fieldwork and study opportunities
  • Swansea have been successfully training Geography graduates since the 1930s. We are one of the most well established Geography departments in the UK and, with over 30 academic staff, we are amongst the largest
  • World-class researchers who are committed to teaching and learning
  • Campus setting in Wales' vibrant Waterfront City with great beaches and mountain scenery on the doorstep
  • Flexible degree programmes tailored to your interest

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
GEG101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Earth in Action
GEG102Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Earth's Changing Face
GEG103Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Global environmental change: The human impact
Optional Modules
GEG100/GEC100 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Daearyddol
GEG100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Geographical skills
AND
GEG106/GEC106 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cynaladwyedd mewn byd bregus
GEG106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Sustainability in a fragile world
AND
GEG108P/GEC109 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC109Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Methodoleg Maes Amgylcheddol
GEG108PSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Geographical Methods: Field Project Practicals & Tutorials (for Physical Geography Students)
AND
GEG111/GEC111 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC111Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Sgiliau Ysgrifenedig Daearyddol a Chynllunio Datblygiad Personol
GEG111Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Geographical Writing Skills and Personal Development Planning
AND
GEL121/GEC121 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC121Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Cyflwyniad i'r Ddaear: Trosolwg daearegol
GEL121Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Introducing Planet Earth: an overview of geology
AND
Optional Modules XGEPS 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC110Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Amgylchedd Cymru
GEC120Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cymdeithas Cymru Gyfoes
GEG104Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10People Place and Nation
GEG105Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Global Shifts: Towards a New World Order?

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
GEC259 / GEG259 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC259Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Dadansoddi Data
GEG259Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Data Analysis
AND
GEC268 / GEG268 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC268Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Paratoadau Traethawd Hir
GEG268Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Dissertation Preparation
AND
GEG252 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : This module has been pre-allocated to your module selections after our applications in April. Therefore any changes must be completed in person in the Teaching Administration Office.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEG252ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Geographical Fieldwork skills: Austria
GEG252MSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Geographical Fieldwork skills: Mallorca
GEG252VSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Geographical Fieldwork skills: Vancouver
AND
GEG264A 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEG264ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Environmental Research Methods A
AND
GEC264B/GEG264B 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC264BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Dulliau Ymchwil Amgylcheddol B
GEG264BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Environmental Research Methods B
AND
GEC266 / GEG266 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC266Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ymdrin â Daearyddiaeth Ffisegol
GEG266Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Approaches to Physical Geography
AND
BSc Physical Geography Options 

Choose Exactly 50 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Cannot select GEC206 with GEG206 as it is the Welsh and English equivalent of the same module. Can only select GEL204 if capacity allows

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC250Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Geomorffoleg Afonol
GEG202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Rivers
GEG208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GEG211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Glacial Environments and Processes, past and present
GEG219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Reconstructing Quaternary Environmental Change
GEG236Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10The Earth from Space: Monitoring Global Environmental Change
GEG237Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Global Vegetation Patterns and Dynamics
GEL203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Earth history
GEL204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Geological Record of Environmental Change

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
GEG331 / GEC331 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC331Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Traethawd Estynedig DaearyddiaethYou have not taken the required Pre Requisite modules for this selection
GEG331Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Dissertation Report: Geography
AND
GEG332 / GEC332 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC332Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Cefnogaeth Traethawd Hir
GEG332Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Dissertation Support: Geography
AND
GEG333 TB1 

Choose Exactly 80 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEB301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interdisciplinary Field Course to the Indian Himalayas (Sikkim)
GEG333Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Geographical Research Frontiers
GEG344Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Glaciology
GEG347Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
GEG348Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Plate Tectonics and Global Geophysics
GEG354Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Environmental Modelling
GEG358Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Climate of the last 1000 years
OR
GEG333 TB2 

Choose Exactly 80 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEB301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interdisciplinary Field Course to the Indian Himalayas (Sikkim)
GEG333Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Geographical Research Frontiers
GEG344Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Glaciology
GEG347Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
GEG348Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Plate Tectonics and Global Geophysics
GEG354Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Environmental Modelling
GEG358Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Climate of the last 1000 years
OR
GEC334 

Choose Exactly 80 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEB301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interdisciplinary Field Course to the Indian Himalayas (Sikkim)
GEC334Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Lleoliad Gwaith
GEG344Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Glaciology
GEG347Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
GEG348Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Plate Tectonics and Global Geophysics
GEG354Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Environmental Modelling
GEG358Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Climate of the last 1000 years
OR
GEG334 

Choose Exactly 80 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEB301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interdisciplinary Field Course to the Indian Himalayas (Sikkim)
GEG334Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Work Placement
GEG344Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Glaciology
GEG347Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
GEG348Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Plate Tectonics and Global Geophysics
GEG354Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Environmental Modelling
GEG358Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Climate of the last 1000 years

Description

  • Fieldwork is an important part of our teaching on the BSc Physical Geography course, including an overseas field course in level two as well as fieldwork closer to home at all levels.
  • Swansea have been successfully training Geography graduates since the 1930s. We are one of the most well established Geography departments in the UK and, with over 30 academic staff, we are amongst the largest.
  • Our well established reputation is noted by our excellent ratings for teaching, student experience and research.
  • Our department is now the largest within the University's College of Science. We take in more than 150 students each year and over 60 postgraduate students are studying for PhD research degrees and taking our MSc course in Environmental Dynamics and MA course in Human Geography.
  • We offer a lively, friendly and thriving environment in which to pursue a Geography degree.
  • we offer numerous activities for work experience and internships and a dedicated programme of activities designed to enhance your employability.
  • We offer a wide range of 3-year single an joint honours schemes and four year schemes with a year abroad.
  • We also offer a unique Integrated four year BSc Degree Scheme in Geography. This scheme combines a Foundation year followed by the standard 3-year BSc Geography programme. The integrated scheme targets the achievement of better degree results and enhanced employability, for students who do not have the necessary qualifications to enter the 3-year programmes directly, through rigorous training in the numerical and transferable skills required to complete a geography degree.

Entry Requirements

A levels: grades ABB-BBB or equivalent  to include Geography or a related subject (for example, Sociology or World Development; Geology or Environmental Science; or an additional Science subject)

BTEC: DDM plus A level  grade B in Geography or a related subject

Scottish Highers: ABBCC to include Geography (or a related subject) grade B

Access to HE (Science or Humanities): Pass with Distinction (24 Dist to include 3 in Geography or a related subject, plus 15 Merits)

Welsh Baccalaureate: Pass acceptable as equivalent to an A grade A level

IB: 33-32 (including 5 in Geography at Higher Level)

IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English test

All applications will be considered on an individual basis, and we will look at the whole application when deciding whether to make an offer of a place, including: the balance, nature and quality of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent); personal statement and referee’s comments.

General Studies and Key Skills qualifications are normally excluded from our offers.

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact international-science@swansea.ac.uk

How To Apply

All applications for full-time undergraduate degrees must be made through UCAS. Further information is available on the UCAS website.

For UK applicants, please apply online at www.ucas.ac.uk

For International students, please click here

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £16,300

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Level 2 Single Honours:

  • Students currently have a choice of four fieldcourse destinations, of which one destination is offered at no additional cost. The other three available destinations are options but incur a supplementary payment (which varies by destination).

Level 2 Joint Honours:

  • Students may attend an international fieldcourse as space allows but pay the full cost of the fieldcourse (e.g. currently £450 for Mallorca).
  • Non-Physical Earth Science students can select GEL204 which includes a Pembrokeshire field weekend at a cost of £65 (for non-PES students).

International Entry Requirements

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact international-science@swansea.ac.uk

Teaching and assessment

On the BSc Physical Geography course you will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes and field classes.

You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including examinations, coursework, practical work, fieldwork and continuous assessment from tutorials. You will also complete a dissertation in Level Three.



Student profiles

"When I came to visit on an open day I made my mind up straight away. I was won over by the fact that the campus is so close to the sea, the choice of modules available on my course and the atmosphere of happiness amongst the other students when I came to visit.

The fact that it was so interesting and varied and there was a lot of choice about what we wanted to study in the second and third years. The field trips were great and we got to decide where to go which offered us a lot of freedom in choosing our own direction and areas of expertise".

Clara Palmer, BSc Geography

Read our student profiles

Facilities

The Geography Department is well-resourced to support research: there are two dedicated computer laboratories: One of 24 computers in conjunction with Library and Information Services (LIS) providing general IT software and programmes dedicated to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing; One of 10 high-performance Linux workstations delivering software tools for advanced GIS and remote sensing applications. 

We have specialist laboratory suites for: stable-isotope ratio analysis; tree ring analysis; extraction and identification of organic compounds; pollen extraction and analysis; rainfall simulation; tephra analysis; soil and sediment characterisation.

In addition, we have recently spent £1.8million on state-of-the-art teaching spaces, including IT facilities, laboratories and flexible teaching spaces.

Find out more about the facilities used by Geography students at Swansea University.
 
 



Careers

Many students choose Geography because of the scope it provides for studying a wide range of current themes and issues, the important insights it offers for understanding our contemporary world, and the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice through fieldwork. However, what many students do not realise before coming to university is that a Geography degree also offers a broad range of employment opportunities, allowing graduates to pursue a flexible and varied career path.

Every year we survey our recent graduates to ascertain their employment status.  The data is more commonly known as the Graduate Destinations Survey and is reported to HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Authority).  Here are some examples of job titles from the recent survey:

  • Multi Site Supervisor (Phase Eight)
  • Data Analyst (PHS Group)
  • Account Manager Support (Handelsbanken)
  • Geographical Data Processor (Western Power Distribution)
  • Catchment Scientist (Welsh Water)
  • Ecologist (Natural England)
  • Associate Financial Consultant (HSO)
  • Marketing Traffic Executive (Bluefrog Ltd)
  • Negotiator (Goadsby)
  • Housing Officer (Cardiff County Council)
  • Lead Specialist (Reuters)
  • Surveyor (St Modwen)
  • Business Development Executive (Jutexpo)

Find out more about employability

Research

We aim to be one of the foremost international centres for research in human and physical geography, and to provide our students with excellent teaching and superb facilities in a friendly atmosphere.

In the latest UK Research Assessment Exercise, 95% of Swansea's research in Geography was judged to be of international quality, and 60% was regarded as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

We host a large community of postgraduate researchers studying for PhD degrees, and run one-year MRes, MSc and MA courses. Find out more.

Fieldwork

In the second year of the BSc Physical Geography course, students take part in an international field course. Students are currently able to choose from 7 destinations:

Enrolment

Welcome to new and returning students.

You will find information regarding Departmental Enrolment and Induction events, along with enrolment instructions here.

Dr Kevin Rees talks about Geography at Swansea

Welsh-medium provision for students

The ability to communicate scientific topics through the medium of Welsh is a key skill required by increasing numbers of employers, and Swansea University is perfectly situated to take advantage of this.