Geography and Geology BSc

FF68 (3 Years)

This varied course focuses on the natural processes that occur on the Earth’s surface. If you are fascinated by rivers and seas, get excited when you spot unusual strata on a cliff, want to understand about climate change and how it has impacted on landscapes, ecosystems and people, or just have a strong interest in physical geography, then this joint degree in Geography and Geology is for you.

This course includes teaching, field work and projects, drawing from the expertise and research knowledge of staff in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences and The School of Environment and Development.

We offer a wide choice of units and field courses from both schools and have options to focus more on geology or physical geography depending on your personal interests.

We want you to gain as much as possible from your time with us. Our Course Director, John Nudds, is dedicated to the care and support of students on this course, which typically ranks among the top-rated courses for the entire University. We have a strong emphasis on pastoral care and our friendly atmosphere will make you feel welcome in our close-knit community as we support your learning and prepare you for employment. We have a number of dedicated staff focused on enhancing employability and have excellent links with the careers service. Our Geography and Geology graduates enjoy a wide range of careers, not only those directly related to the geosciences industry, but also in accountancy, management, education, marketing, sales, the media, advertising, land management and environmental work. Our Geography and Geology programme is also a perfect springboard to further study, with many of our graduates going on to higher level masters and research degrees.

Years 1-3

  • We familiarise you with the natural processes that occur on the Earth’s surface and how humans and societies have learned to exploit and protect themselves from these phenomena. This year also strengthens your capacity for independent learning and your abilities to develop logical arguments on a range of geological and geographical issues.

    Field courses to: Alderley Edge, the Mersey Basin (one day) and Northeast Scotland (week long residential)

    Course unit details for Year 1

  • You will study geological processes and physical geography in more detail; you will discover your passion for specific topics and begin to specialise. Our practical classes and field courses will extend your communication and technical skills so that you have the necessary experience to prepare yourself for a future career in geosciences.

    Field courses to a choice of locations, including:
    Donegal, Morocco, Iceland and Crete. There are also one day field courses to the Wirral, Delamere Forest and along the River Irwell associated with individual course units.

    Course unit details for Year 2

  • We encourage you to evaluate critically the ideas and concepts you have learned. What are the flaws in current theories and gaps in knowledge? A field-based dissertation project in an area of physical geography or geology and assessed coursework allow you to explore topics in great depth, supported and informed by the research of our academic staff. Your dissertation will be closely supervised by one of our experts who will dedicate time to guide you in your project.

    We are currently planning a two-week long field module 'Understanding the landscape of the Himalayas', run by the School of Environment, Education and Development. there are also one day field courses to the Peak District, the Wirral and the Formby coast associated with individual course units.

    You must choose three units with EART codes and two with GEOG codes from the list on the following page:

    Course unit details for Year 3

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