MSCI

Physical Geography

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Key Facts

Code F847
  • 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 most 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. This exciting and rewarding MSci degree which is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society with IBG will equip you with the skills, abilities and expertise to face and engage with the challenges facing society today. 

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, (DLHE 2017)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning

Overview

Why study MSci Physical 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;

  • Opportunity to secure funding for a Master’s degree as part of integrated 4 year programme
  • River catchment processes
  • Glaciology
  • Biogeography
  • Quaternary Environmental change
  • Current trends in Geohazards
  • GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Fieldwork opportunities in New Zealand, Spain, 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

Employability

What can I do with a degree in Physical 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

International Opportunities:

Alongside employment experience, independent travel is also acknowledged as a key ingredient in student development. To support this, we offer bursaries to support undergraduate travel. Recent destinations have included Uganda, Madagascar, Peru, Mount Etna and the United States.

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 Co-ordinator 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.

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. 

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

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 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 expert guidance
  • Optional modules as diverse as glaciology, hydrology, volcanic hazards, and past climate change, will enable you to tailor your study to suit your interests

In your final year you will prepare work at;

  • A 40 credit independent research project
  • Your choice of modules drawn from our pool for the current MSci pathways

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. 

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 Students

International Baccalaureate:
28-30 points overall with 4-5 points in Geography at Higher Level

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

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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