Typical A-level offer
BBB with B in Geography, ABB without Geography
Aberystwyth University’s Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is the most established and experienced department of its kind. Aberystwyth University offers you the unique opportunity to study geography in one of the most picturesque locations in Europe. 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.
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: 90% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Physical Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2017)
Why study MArts Human Geography at Aberystwyth University?
- This exciting, rewarding subject will allow you to explore the nature and impact of cultural, social, economic and political processes from the local to the global scale.
- You will have the opportunity to further develop your geographical skills and knowledge and extend your studies for a further year without having to specialise in a single area of geographical inquiry.
- This MArts course is rather advantageous as you can apply for a four-year student loan for the whole course, rather than trying to separately fund a Masters course following your first degree.
- Students on this course will have fieldwork opportunities in New Zealand, Crete, New York, and Ireland. Travel awards available each year to fund your own adventures (up to £400).
- You will benefit and learn in modern facilities with the latest technology to enhance learning and 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.
Department of Geography and Earth Science: lecturers are all qualified to PhD level or working towards a PhD.
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.
- Conflict and Change: the making of urban and rural spaces *
- Living with Global Change *
- Power, Place, Identity and Politics
- Researching the World: data collection and analysis
- Behind the Headlines *
- Conquest, Union and Identity in Wales 1250-1800 *
- Earth Surface Environments *
- Economic Policy
- Introduction to European Film
- Language, Culture, and Identity in Europe
- The Atmosphere and the Water Cycle
- The Making of the Modern World: War Peace and Revolution since 1789 *
- Tourism Principles and Impacts
- Climate Change: Impacts, Perceptions, Adaptations *
- Contemporary Case Studies in Tourism
- Global Ecology and Soil Systems
- Modernity and the Making of Asia
- The Tourism System
- War, Strategy and Intelligence *
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
- You must take these modules:
- Welsh/English core modules - You must take either the DA or GG module
- Choose 20 credits from the following modules or from appropriate modules offered elsewhere in DGES, IGHPP or the University
What can I do with a degree in MArts Human 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.
What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying?
Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.
Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department.
If you are interested in undertaking valuable work experience during your degree, then perhaps our sister course (L703) may be some interest to you. This course combines the identical syllabus as L700, however you will undertake your work placement in-between your second and final year.
If you would like to study abroad during your degree, then our sister course (L704) may be for you. You will have the opportunity to study in any of our partner Universities across the world in- between your second and final year.
DGES has also established Erasmus Exchange Programmes with the University of Bergen, the University of Oulu, Finland, and the University Centre in Svalbard, giving students the unique experience of studying in one of the world’s most extreme environments. We also have strong links with a number of universities in North America, where students can complete their second year of study. In recent years, our Exchange coordinator has overseen placements at Purdue University (Indiana), the University of Alabama, the University of Georgia, the University of Montana and the University of Ottawa in Canada.
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
- Economic development
- Global Environmental Change
In your second year you will develop further in:
- Computer research skills in preparation for your independent research project
- You will learn how to analyse 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 undertake an independent research project involving collection, analysis and interpretation of your own data.
- You will be allocated your own advisor who will provide guidance.
- Optional modules as diverse as urbanisation, rural change, and regional policy will enable you to tailor your study to suit your interests
In your fourth year:
- You will pursue a 40 credit independent research project.
- You can also choose from our pool of selected modules drawn from the current MAs in Practising Human Geography and Regional Environmental policy.
How will I be taught?
Our courses are taught through lectures, seminars, 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.
Typical Entry Requirements
A Levels BBB with B in Geography, ABB without Geography
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh
BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with specified subject
28 points overall with 5 points in Geography at Higher Level
65-75% overall with 70% in specified subject
Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact email@example.com