Typical A-level offer
BBB with B in Geography, ABB without Geography
Aberystwyth University’s Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is one of 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 and take part in the Integrated Year Studying abroad. 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.
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 Physical Geography at Aberystwyth University?
- This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
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
- Quaternary Environmental change
- Current trends in Geohazards
- GIS and Remote Sensing
- 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
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.
- Climate Change: Impacts, Perceptions, Adaptations
- Earth Surface Environments
- Global Ecology And Soil Systems
- Living With Global Change
- Researching The World: Data Collection And Analysis
- The Atmosphere And The Water Cycle
- Analysis And Presentation Of Geographical Data
- Catchment Systems
- Chemical Analysis Of Natural Materials
- Environmental Management
- Geography Fieldwork
- Level 2 Geography Tutorial
- Physical Analysis Of Natural Materials
- Reconstructing Past Environments
- The Frozen Planet
- Sedimentary Environments
- The Welsh Environment
- Geographical Perspectives On The Sustainable Society
- Geographical Information Systems
- Palaeoenvironmental Change Beyond The Ice Sheets
- Processes In Glacial Environments
- Earth Observation From Satellites And Aircraft
- People, Climate And Environment: A Palaeoenvironmental Perspective
- The Great Ice Sheets
What can I do with a degree in Physical Geography?
Our graduates have, for example, found employment as environmental consultants, planners, civil servants, surveyors, in education to name a few.
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
If you are interested in undertaking valuable work experience during your degree, then perhaps our sister course (F846) 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. This opportunity will definitely enhance your CV and employability skills.
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 embark on your Integrated Year studying abroad
In your final year you will study;
- You will undertake an independent research project involving collection, analysis and interpretation of your own data.
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
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