Recognised nationally for the excellence and quality of our Geography teaching, we benefit from strong academic links with universities in Reykjavik, Venice and Stockholm, as well as government institutions, such as the Hawaii and Alaskan volcano observatories.
Our academics are all active researchers and incorporate their findings into their teaching practice wherever possible to ensure content stays up-to-date and relevant. Recently for example, Coventry academics have undertaken volcanic research in Hawaii and development research in Uganda.
This course takes an integrated and practical ‘geographical’ approach to the study of natural hazards at a local and global scale. You will have the opportunity to learn how to apply the latest techniques for hazard assessment and mitigation with opportunities for hands-on experience, both in the field and within our modern GIS and Simulation Lab, which features industry-standard software like ArcGIS and ENVI.
Throughout your studies, you will have the chance to undertake residential fieldwork locally and across the UK to build up your experience of the geography and hazards. There are also opportunities for international fieldwork. In the past, for example, students have visited Taiwan, which, due to the frequent earthquake, steep slope, weak geological formation, erodible soil and intensive rainfall in summer season, faces a number of different natural hazards, such as earthquakes, typhoons, flooding, landslides and land subsidence. Students have also visited the volcanic island of Tenerife, to examine the hazards posed to residents and visitors and to see, often for the first time, an active volcano.
Research by the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU) has found that Physical and Geographical Sciences have one of the highest employment rates of all science subject areas. We have an outstanding track record for graduate employability with 100% of our graduates in work or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2014/15). Of those employed, 92% were in professional level roles.