Geo-informatics is a vital component of our knowledge economy and information age. From environmental modelling to satellite remote sensing, new technologies have revolutionised our approach to geographical problems.
If you have a passion for computing, geography or mathematics, our BSc in Geography and Geo-informatics is an excellent choice. The practical, numerical and computational skills you learn will equip you for a wide range of careers in environmental management, land surveying, conservation, mapping and cartography and geo-informatics.
Our strong relationships with industry enable us to provide great work experience opportunities to enhance your employability. Geography at Swansea is ranked 4th in the UK for career prospects (Guardian University Guide 2020)
Swansea University is Welsh University of the Year and runner up for University of the Year (Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2019). Our students rank us consistently highly in the National Student Survey (94% in 2018) and we are ideally placed to offer exceptional fieldwork opportunities. Just a short drive from the UK's first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Gower Peninsula, you will have easy access to the Brecon Beacons, rural west Wales and the urban and industrial landscapes of South Wales. You'll also have an opportunity to carry out fieldwork overseas in destinations such as Austria, Berlin, Malaysian Borneo, Mallorca or Vancouver.
Through this degree, you will explore topical issues such as global vegetation patterns and dynamics, the Earth from Space, global environmental change and glacial environments and processes, climate change, and plate tectonics and global geophysics.
You will be taught in our Â£4.2m state-of-the-art Science laboratories, in a vibrant and friendly department ranked 8th in the UK for research impact (REF 2014) and 20th for research quality (Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2018). You'll have access to our high-performance computer lab for processing and interpreting satellite Earth observation and GIS data, a stable isotope ratio mass spectrometer, a climatic test chamber, mineral magnetic characterisation equipment and an automatic organic carbon analyser.
You will learn from internationally renowned academics including Professor Tavi Murray, the first woman to be awarded Polar Medal by HM Queen, Professor Adrian Luckman, who has achieved global media coverage for his climate change research, Professor Peter North, who received international coverage of his work with NASA, and Professor Siwan Davies, whose work focuses on the dramatic changes to our climate.
"I really enjoyed the variety of different subjects the geography degree offered. The care and passion that lecturers had was noticeable. The field trip to Sikkim was amazing and I learnt so many skills on the trip that have helped me a great deal going forward."
- Louie Vaughan, BSc Geography
In Year 1 you'll study several compulsory modules covering topics such as Earth in action, Earth's changing face, global environmental change, people place and nation, global shifts and sustainability. You will then choose from optional modules covering geographical skills and methods, writing skills and personal development planning, and practical field projects, as well as topics such as mobilities and migration, urban geography and geology.
In Year 2, you'll study the Earth from Space and choose from a range of optional modules covering data analysis, approaches to human and physical geography, and conducting social and environmental research. You'll study topics such as glacial environments and processes, creative geographies, quaternary environmental change, regional economic development and policy, boundaries and connections, global vegetation patterns and dynamics, political geographies, urban modelling, Earth history and geological record of past environments. You'll also have an opportunity to take part in an overseas field trip.
In Year 3, you'll study environmental module and undertake your dissertation. You'll choose from a range of optional modules covering topics such as migration, security and humanism, contemporary rural Britain, geographies of national identity, glaciology, geographical research frontiers, humid tropical environments and landscapes, capital and labour in the 21st century, meteorology and atmospheric science, plate tectonics and global geophysics and the climate of the last 1,000 years.
On the BSc Geography & Geo-Informatics course you will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes and field classes. You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including examinations, coursework, practical work, fieldwork and continuous assessment from tutorials. You will also complete a dissertation in Year Three.
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