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BSc in Physical Geography (with integrated year in industry) (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , Physical Geography

Course Description

Aberystwyth University's Department of Geography and Earth Sciences 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 and take part in the Integrated Year in Industry.

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. 

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
  • Glaciology
  • Biogeography
  • Quaternary Environmental change
  • Current trends in Geohazards
  • Remote Sensing and GIS
  • 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

Aberystwyth University's Department of Geography and Earth Sciences 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 and take part in the Integrated Year in Industry. Set on the coast of Cardigan Bay and surrounded by a...

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Course Content

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
  • Global Environmental Change

In your second year you will develop further in:

  • Your field
  • 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 in Industry.

In your final year you will study;

  • 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 guidance.
  • Optional modules as diverse as glaciology, hydrology, volcanic hazards, and past climate change, will enable you to tailor your study to suit your interests.

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 Global Environmental Change In your second year you will develop further...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

A Levels BBB-CCC

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120 A Levels BBB-CCC GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh and Mathematics BTEC National Diploma: DDM-MMM International Baccalaureate: 30-26 European Baccalaureate:

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Assessment Methods

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. 

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...

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