From understanding how landscapes are shaped, to how populations move and interact, to the impact climate change has on us, the study of geography has never been more relevant.
If you're particularly focused on enhancing your employability and have a keen interest in human geography, this scheme is an excellent choice that will equip you with highly desirable practical, numerical and computational skills for a wide range of careers. These include regional planning, environmental management, local authority work, financial planning, computing or business and retail management.
Our strong relationships with industry enable us to provide great work experience opportunities to enhance your employability. We give you help in finding work placements and support during your year in industry.
Ranked Welsh University of the Year and runner up in University of the Year (Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2019), our students rank us consistently highly in the National Student Survey [95% 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 Berlin, New York or Vancouver.
Through this degree, you will explore topical issues including the processes that shape the global economy, mobility and migration, creative geographies and political geography. You'll also get the chance to develop some valuable transferable work skills in your penultimate year of study through an industrial placement.
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 can change between our BA and BSc schemes up until the end of Year 2.
"I loved my degree. I was always fascinated in the wonders of the World and what made it tick. Geography helps you look at the World with an analytical eye. It forces you to weigh up evidence and come to conclusions and question the origin of things. Journalism is exactly the same."
- Melanie Bromley, BA (Hons) Geography, West Coast bureau chief of American Celebrity Magazine US Weekly
In Year 1 you'll study several compulsory modules covering topics such as global environmental change, people place and nation, global shifts, colonial and postcolonial geographies, mobilities and migration and urban geography. You will then choose from optional modules covering geographical skills and methods, writing skills and personal development planning, and topics such as sustainability, Earth's changing face and geology.
In Year 2, you'll choose from a range of optional modules covering data analysis, approaches to human geography and conducting social research, and topics such as geographic information systems, creative geographies, boundaries and connections, political geographies and urban modelling. You'll also have an opportunity to take part in an overseas field trip.
In Year 3, you'll spend a minimum of 40 weeks in an industrial placement in a UK company. Occasionally, opportunities may arise outside of the UK. You'll receive support from our placements team during your 2nd year to help you prepare for and secure a relevant industrial placement.
In Year 4, you'll undertake your dissertation and choose from a range of optional modules covering topics such as migration, security and humanism, contemporary rural Britain, geographies of national identity, capital and labour in the 21st century, World cities and environmental modelling. You'll also have the opportunity to undertake an interdisciplinary field trip to the Indian Himalayas (Sikkim).
On the BA Human Geography 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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