Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: F840
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Our Geography (Physical) degree lets you discover the processes and phenomena that help shape the natural world.

This course is ideal if you are fascinated by the physical geography and structure of the Earth. You will explore everything from fluvial, coastal and glacial processes to tectonic and volcanic processes that have helped form the geological history of our planet.

There is also a chance to apply your skills to contemporary issues of sustainability and how globalisation, inequality and power are impacting on our physical environment.

You will also join geography students from other fields in learning to gather and analyse geographical data on residential field trips.

This course is delivered by enthusiastic staff who are experts in their field. You’ll study in a department with high levels of student satisfaction, small class sizes, free fieldwork provision, friendly and supportive staff, and excellent facilities.

    On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Geography (Physical)

    Course content

    In Years 1 and 2, you’ll develop your knowledge of earth surface processes and landforms, climate, earth hazards, biogeography, geology, and environmental issues. You’ll also learn techniques for analysing the physical environment. And you’ll explore field investigation, data analysis, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

    In Year 3, you’ll take a number of specialist physical geography modules to develop an advanced knowledge of your subject area, such as Glaciers and Ice Ages, and Cities and Nature. You’ll also complete either a dissertation or a work placement project.

    Our generous fieldwork provision is included in the cost of your tuition fees, so you don’t have to fund any extra costs. In Year 1, you’ll attend a residential weekend field course and have a number of regional field days. In Year 2, you will have a week-long UK residential field course, and in Year 3 you’ll go on a week-long international residential trip.

    Modules

    This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

    Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

    Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

    Year 1

    Semester 1
    Module title
    The Dynamic Earth Compulsory
    Geology and Landscapes Compulsory
    Geographical Skills and Tutorials Compulsory
    World Regional Geography Compulsory
    Semester 2
    Module title
    The Dynamic Earth Compulsory
    Ecology Compulsory
    Geographical Skills and Tutorials Compulsory
    Global Challenges Compulsory

    Year 2

    Semester 1
    Module title
    This Changing Earth Compulsory
    Ecology and Field Biology Optional
    Landscape Archeology Optional
    Advanced Practical and Fieldwork Skills for Geographers Compulsory
    Geographers in the Real World Compulsory
    Semester 2
    Module title
    This Changing Earth Compulsory
    Ecology and Field Biology Optional
    Landscape Archeology Optional
    Advanced Practical and Fieldwork Skills for Geographers Compulsory
    Project Preparation and Planning Compulsory

    Year 3

    Semester 1
    Module title
    Geography Project (Independent Research Project or Workplace Project) Compulsory
    Professional Practice and Careers for Geography Graduates Compulsory
    Advanced Geography Fieldwork Compulsory
    Semester 2
    Module title
    Glaciers and Ice Ages Compulsory
    Geographic Information Systems Optional
    Cities and the Physical Environment Optional
    Conservation Biology and Habitat Management Optional
    Food, Agriculture and Sustainability Optional
    Geography Research Assistantship Optional
    Advanced Geography Fieldwork Compulsory

    Teaching staff

    You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.