Our geography course has the highest levels of student satisfaction. In the latest National Student Survey (NSS) 2016, we achieved 100% student satisfaction overall and with all aspects of teaching.
We will explore the nature of the physical world; human interaction with the environment and the processes, natural and otherwise, that shape it over time – landscape change, environmental hazards and environmental management. In doing so, our aim is for students to discover ways of protecting finite resources, developing the knowledge and practical skills to help solve environmental problems and make informed contributions to policy.
Past students have gone on to careers in public and private sector organisations concerned with environmental management or promoting sustainable development. For example, recent graduate employers have included the Environment Agency and the Forestry Commission.
All of our geography courses have a strong focus on your future employability, evidenced by the success of past graduates, nine in 10 of whom were in work or further study six months after graduation (DLHE 2014/15). They are designed with the aim to help equip you with core knowledge, skills and expertise within the broad field of geography, together with a range of analytical abilities and transferrable professional skills to find employment on graduation. We’ve also had former students return to talk about their experience of life and careers after university.
Throughout your studies, you will be expected to undertake residential fieldwork to apply geographical knowledge to real-world concerns. In the first year, all students take part in a three-day residential field course, followed in the second year by a five-day residential, both UK-based. In the past, students have visited North and South Wales, the Lake District and Dorset to investigate topics such as flooding, ecological succession, habitat management, evidence of land movement over time, and environmental reconstruction from sediments. Final year students have the chance to undertake a residential field trip to Norfolk to explore evidence of past environmental change.
In the third year, you participate in a weeklong overseas fieldtrip, which is strongly focused on student-led, self-reflective independent learning. Previously, we have visited Morocco and Mallorca, where after investigating a number of habitats, students carried out their own field project to illustrate the causes and impacts of geomorphological and ecological processes.
All these field trips are supported by class-based preparatory work to design and evaluate research conducted in the field.