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Geography (with integrated year studying abroad)

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Key Facts

Code F802
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in Geography, ABB without Geography

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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Aberystwyth University’s Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is one of the most established and experienced departments of its kind. Aberystwyth University offers you the unique opportunity to study geography in one of the most picturesque locations in Europe and undertake a Year studying with one of our International and European partners. Set on the coast of Cardigan Bay and surrounded by a great diversity of beautiful environments, including marine, moorland, mountain and grassland, the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is uniquely placed to make the most of the stunning landscapes that surround it, providing you with a fabulous variety of fieldwork and recreational opportunities. This degree accredited by the Royal Geographical Society with IBG will equip you with the enhanced skills, abilities and expertise to face and engage with the challenges facing society today. 

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Best in Wales and one of the top 20 in the UK for the subject area of Geography and Environment Science (The Good University Guide 2018, The Times & Sunday Times). 

Department of Geography and Earth Sciences: 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Physical Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Geography at Aberystwyth University?

As a large dynamic Geography community we are able to offer you an extremely broad range of geographical specialism, opportunities and facilities:

  • River catchment processes;
  • Glaciology;
  • Biogeography;
  • Quaternary Environmental change;
  • Current trends in Geohazards;
  • Urban sustainability;
  • Regional Development;
  • Political and Cultural geography;
  • Fieldwork opportunities in New Zealand, Crete, New York, and Ireland;
  • Travel awards available each year to fund your own adventures (up to £400);
  • State of the art teaching facilities with the latest technology to enhance learning;
  • Fully stocked laboratories with an array of analytical instruments e.g. mass spectrometers and core scanners of which can be used for fieldwork and independent study
Our Staff

Department of Geography and Earth Science: lecturers are all qualified to PhD level or working towards a PhD.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Climate Change: Impacts, Perceptions, Adaptations * GS10810 10
Conflict and Change: the making of urban and rural spaces * GS10220 20
Earth Surface Environments * GS10610 10
Global Ecology and Soil Systems GS10410 10
Living with Global Change * GS11020 20
Power, Place, Identity and Politics GS14220 20
Researching the World: data collection and analysis GS13020 20
The Atmosphere and the Water Cycle GS12210 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Analysis and Presentation of Geographical Data GG21710 10
Concepts for Geographers GG20410 10
Geography Fieldwork * GG22420 20
Level 2 Geography Tutorial * GG22110 10
Physical Analysis of Natural Materials GG22010 10
Researching People and Place GG20510 10

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Catchment Systems GG22610 10
Environmental Management EA20110 10
Geographical Perspectives on the Sustainable Society GG28910 10
Geohazards EA22810 10
Placing Culture * GG28520 20
Placing Politics * GG28720 20
Reconstructing Past Environments * GG20310 10
Sedimentary Environments GG23410 10
The Welsh Environment GG29110 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Abroad Year Credits GGS0060 60

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Geography Dissertation * GG34040 40

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Geographical Information Systems GG32820 20
Geographies of Memory GG37920 20
Landscapes of British Modernity GG36220 20
Palaeoenvironmental Change Beyond the Ice Sheets GG33120 20
Earth Observation from Satellites and Aircraft GG32020 20
Geographies of the Global Countryside GG36820 20
People, Climate and Environment: a Palaeoenvironmental Perspective GG33720 20
Urban Risk and Environmental Resilience GG37520 20
World Regional Islam GG38420 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

What can I do with a degree in Geography?

Our graduates have, for example, found employment as environmental consultants, planners, civil servants, surveyors, and in education amongst many other things.

Employability is embedded within all courses provided by us. Our degrees provide a solid foundation for a vast array of careers across a range of sectors. In a rapidly shifting global economy, our graduates are adaptable and able to draw on a range of transferable skills, ensuring that they are always in demand.

The skill sets include:

  • Enhanced mathematical and computational skills;
  • Effective problem solving and creative thinking skills;
  • Information technology skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Time-management, organisational skills;
  • Communication skills both written and oral;
  • Self-motivation and self-reliance.

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.

In your first year you will be introduced to:

  • Key concepts in geographical study;
  • Issues and techniques in the collection, analysis and presentation of geographical data;
  • Climate change;
  • Landscape processes;
  • Economic development;
  • Globalization.

In your second year you will develop further in:

  • Laboratory and computer research skills in preparation for your independent research project;
  • You will learn how to analyse quantitative and qualitative datasets;
  • Produce maps and other graphical representations of geographical data;
  • Participate in a residential field trip in the UK or overseas;
  • You can also choose optional modules to specialise or simply maintain a broad interest across Geography.

In your third year you will embark on your study placement.

In your final year you will study:

  • You will undertake an independent research project involving collection, analysis and interpretation of your own data;
  • You will be allocated your own advisor who will provide expert guidance;
  • Optional modules as diverse as glaciology, hydrology, volcanic hazards, past climate change, urbanisation, and rural change will enable you to tailor your study to suit your interests.

How will I be taught?

Our courses are taught through lectures, seminars, laboratory and computer practical classes, small group tutorials, field courses and individual supervision of project work.

How will I be assessed?

We assess our students through a different range of methods. Some modules are assessed in part through traditional exams, but some have elements of coursework. We also have some modules that may require the student to produce practical reports, oral presentations, the design of web pages, production of short films, or contribution to online discussion forums. Some modules, notably the tutorials and field courses are assessed entirely through coursework. 

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Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in Geography, ABB without Geography

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall with 5 points in Geography at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
65-75% overall with 70% in specified subject

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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