Why study geography and geology?

Are you interested in the origin and development of our landscape and in how plate tectonics control the surface features of the Earth such as earthquakes and volcanoes? In the evolution of life on Earth? In the origins of rocks and minerals? In comteporary environmental processes and how problems such as flooding or pollution can be mitigates? Are you unsure about whether you want to focus on rocks and minerals or the features and processes that shape our world?

Our degree in Geography and Geology attracts people who wish to study the dynamics of the Earth we live on, its resources, and the most economic and sustainable way to use these resources. It is about understanding how the world works, and how you can change it.

The joint Geography and Geology degree is run by the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences and the School of Environment, Education and Development. You will be able to choose from a wide range of units taught by staff from both Schools which focus on Earth processes on all scales. You will look at minerals down a microscope and learn about mountain building, global climate and even solar system evolution. If you are not sure whether you love rocks more than physical geography then this is an ideal option for you.

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What will I study?

Our joint degree is a field-based, multi-disciplinary course that uses scientific principles in the study of Earth processes and history. Teaching is strongly focused on practical work, with field work an integral part of this. Through the two schools you will study a broad range of topics including plate tectonics, glaciers, floods, groundwater flow – even dinosaur evolution.

We train you up to be a scientific detective who has the knowledge and tools to reveal the past and the future of the Earth.

If you enjoy working outdoors, have a good scientific background, and are interested in understanding how the world around you works then geography and geology is the degree for you.

Why should I choose Geography and Geology at Manchester?

Our broad geology and earth science-based units cover all major aspects of geology and train you up to be a competent geoscientist. At the same time, your geography units will allow you to take a holistic perspective and appreciate how landscapes are formed and altered; geography and geology are intertwined and by studying each discipline will inform the other. You will have a wide choice of units from across the two schools. You will enjoy ample opportunity to put what you have learned in to practice on field trips.

Manchester and its region is an inspiring place for Geographers and Geologists. Manchester was the first industrial city, drawing on the natural resources of the region. It became associated with technical innovation such as precision engineering, the first railways and the first computer. Today, it retains a rich industrial heritage, but it is also a modern, 21st century city has added to its international reputation in the spheres of music, culture and sports. Manchester is also just 15 miles from the Peak District National Park, and this is an important resource for field teaching in all three years. Such a rich landscape cannot help but spark the Geographical and Geological imaginations of those who come to study here.

As with all our degrees, the joint Honours Geography and Geology BSc is ideal if you want to keep your options open or are uncertain about your future career plans. It will allow you to pursue postgraduate study in either Geography or Geology or enter into general graduate employment or into a range of specific geoscience graduate employment opportunities.

Find out more about your job prospects - Careers with geology and earth sciences

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