Geography and Environment

If you are interested in how our rapidly changing world affects lives around the globe, then we could have the right course for you.

  • We place a strong emphasis on fieldwork to develop your skills, with opportunities to undertake field trips in the UK and overseas*. Past trips include The Gambia, Morocco, Berlin and the Lake District.
  • All our courses have a strong focus on your future employability. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in organisations such as the Environment Agency, Met Office, Ordnance Survey, Severn Trent, EON and the Red Cross UK.
  • Our large range of optional modules in geography allows you to tailor your degree to suit your interests, with topics such as climate change, development, alternative subcultures, planning and sustainability.
  • We provide a common first year across our Geography BA (Hons) and BSc (Hons) courses, ensuring you will be introduced to the breadth of the geography discipline.
  • Following successful completion of your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution*.
  • Specialist facilities* include our interactive Simulation Centre, a soils lab, geotechnics lab, CAD studios, map room and high-specification computer lab.

Our Geography and Environment facilities

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Geotechnics Laboratory  

This specialist lab contains triaxial cells, direct shear box apparatus, a dimensional compression oedometer, California Bearing Ratio apparatus, soil classification equipment and Marshall test apparatus for asphalt mixes.

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Simulation Centre

Our Simulation Centre uses an interactive screen and real-life scenarios to create a ‘virtual’ training environment. Role-play exercises are part of the course to help prepare you for situations in the workplace.

Informal Study Areas

You will have access to a range of informal study areas. These include hot-desk computers, with access to specialist software you may need for studying, and bookable spaces where you can meet with academics or work in small groups.

More than a course

  • Facilities, shows or events mentioned on this page may not be relevant for every course. Please check individual course pages for specific details regarding what facilities, shows or events are available for each course.
  • Please note that any opportunities or experiences referred to on this page may be subject to additional costs (for example travel, visas and accommodation), competitive application, availability and meeting any applicable visa requirements.
  • Staff may be subject to change.
  • The majority of our courses are formally recognised by professional bodies. This means that the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams.
  • Accreditations and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery. If the accreditation of any of our courses change, we will notify applicants and students as soon as possible. Please check the relevant course web page for up-to-date information on the current status of individual course accreditations.
  • The university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with government and public health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.
  • Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
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