At Keele University, we're different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We're proud to be 'University of the Year for Student Experience' in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, in addition to having been ranked No.1 in the National Student Survey 2014-2016. This is because it's more than green and lovely, it's a place of research and academic excellence too.
At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Geography and Physics.
Positioned between the physical and social sciences, Geography provides broad-ranging perspectives on key challenges facing society. These programmes consistently receive high levels of student satisfaction, and rank in the Top 10 for Geography in the Guardian 2018 University Guide.
The programmes are taught by staff with a reputation for teaching excellence and innovation. The first year provides a core foundation from which you have the flexibility to pursue a diverse range of specialisms within the second and third years. You'll learn to access and engage with the latest research; utilise various methods to collect, analyse and interpret different types of data; devise and undertake independent research; and use specialist software such as GIS to address geographical problems.
Fieldwork is integral to the programmes with Keele's campus providing a unique venue for local activities. Residential field course options are a highlight for many and we offer routes that involve no additional costs. You will have access to excellent computing and laboratory facilities, the opportunity to study abroad and to gain work placement experience.
Combining Physics with Geography allows you to continue following your interests across a broader, multidisciplinary landscape, whilst still providing the core knowledge and skills leading to a degree that is accredited by the Institute of Physics.
Physics is a fundamental, curiosity-driven science, that has applications in many other areas of science and a vast range of industries from telecommunications through to medicine and power generation. Taking Physics as part of a Combined Honours degree, you will gain an understanding of the subject fundamentals, including quantum mechanics, relativity and electromagnetism, and apply this knowledge to solve problems, plan investigations, analyse results and to report and present your work. Your course will be informed by the research interests of staff: primarily astrophysics and condensed matter physics, all of whom contribute to the teaching programme. Regular laboratory sessions enable you to investigate unfamiliar phenomena and develop valuable transferable skills such as scientific writing, programming and presentation.
Studying Geography, you'll develop a wide range of transferable skills with your interdisciplinary perspectives, problem-solving skills, and ability to research, evaluate and synthesise information from diverse sources being highly valued by employers. You will also develop a suite of subject-specific skills, including the ability to manipulate, analyse and present spatial data using industry standard GIS software that are in high demand from government, environmental agencies, insurance companies and property developers.
As part of a Combined Honours degree, Physics at Keele prepares you for many different careers. Employers value versatile, numerate graduates who can analyse, investigate and communicate. You could take up roles as a research scientist, medical physicist, geophysicist, software engineer, or teacher; take on roles that are not directly related to physics such as in management or public services; or you might branch out to become a science writer, chartered accountant or IT consultant.
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With the largest campus in the UK, Keele University easily manages to fit everything that a student may need into a short walk away. But if do you need to go into the local towns, buses are available every 20 minutes that go all around the local areas. Because there are no large cities on your doorstep, the SU works tirelessly to put on amazing nights, including the 'Flirt' nights which are always popular. The uni is high-ranking in all the different league tables, and is one that values both education and research meaning that students are valued by well-informed professors.
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Provisional for Year 1 for Wales at £9,250
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