BSc

Geography (with integrated foundation year)

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Key Facts

F80F
  • UCAS Tariff

  • Course Length

    4 Year

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BSc Geography is delivered by Aberystwyth University’s Department of Geography & Earth Sciences, which 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.

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 skills, abilities and expertise to face and engage with the challenges facing society today.

The integrated foundation year - designed for prospective students who do not have a sufficient or relevant academic background - is the perfect option to access this highly-sort scheme. In the foundation year, you will be brought up to speed on the fundamentals of Geography, providing a solid base for you to go on and enjoy the full undergraduate degree.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

92% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences (NSS 2020).

Top 10 in the UK for the subject of Geography & Environmental Science (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

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

Overview

Following the foundation year, the syllabus of this course is identical to its sister course [Geography, F800].

Why study Geography at Aberystwyth University?

  • This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).ACCA Accredited Programme

As a large dynamic Geography community we are able to offer you an extremely broad range of geographical specialisms, 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
Academic Skills Foundation 1 IC07620 20
Critical Thinking And Research Skills GS01120 20
Academic Skills Foundation 2 IC07720 20
Foundation - Dialogue GS00120 20
Learning Experience GS00320 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Environmental Management GS00420 20
Information Technology For University Students CS01120 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Conflict And Change: The Making Of Urban And Rural Spaces GS10220 20
Earth Surface Environments GS10520 20
How To Build A Planet * GS11520 20
Living With Global Change GS11020 20
Place And Identity GS14220 20
Researching The World: Data Collection And Analysis GS13020 20

Core

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Concepts For Geographers GS20410 10
Geographical Information Systems GS23710 10
Geography Fieldwork GS22420 20
Level 2 Geography Tutorial GS22110 10
Physical Analysis Of Natural Materials GS22010 10
Quantitative Data Analysis GS23810 10
Researching People And Place * GS20510 10

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Catchment Systems GS25210 10
Geographical Perspectives On The Sustainable Society GS28910 10
Geohazards GS22810 10
Reconstructing Past Environments GS21910 10
The Frozen Planet GS23510 10

Core

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Geography Dissertation * GS34040 40

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Contemporary Global Migration GS39120 20
Earth Observation From Satellites And Aircraft GS32020 20
Geographies Of Memory GS37920 20
Glaciers And Ice Sheets GS33420 20
Landscapes Of British Modernity GS36220 20
Geographies Of The Global Countryside GS36820 20
People, Climate And Environment: A Palaeoenvironmental Perspective GS33720 20
Urban Risk And Environmental Resilience GS37520 20
Volcanic Activity: Hazards And Environmental Change GS30420 20
World Regional Islam GS38420 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

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 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 to name a few.

Learning & Teaching

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 the first foundation year, you will be introduced to core components of Geography.

In your second year, you will be introduced to:

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

In your third 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 final 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, 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. 

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff

A Levels Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

International Baccalaureate:
Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

European Baccalaureate:
Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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