Are you interested in exploring how the Earth and its landscapes have changed over tens of millions of years or developing an understanding of natural hazards? Physical geography and geology examines how the Earthâs surface is shaped by natural and human processes. You'll gain a scientific appreciation of areas including climate change, glaciology and volcanic eruptions, and develop a range of laboratory and field skills in diverse, international settings.
You will undertake fieldwork in a range of exciting locations: Iceland, Sicily, Spain and Cyprus, developing and expanding your scientific and transferable skills. You will also progress your skills at your own pace using our open access laboratory, LABplus. You can spend your second year of study abroad, studying in Canada, Australia, USA or Europe through our direct exchange, Erasmus or ISEP programmes.
* Receive essential field equipment and e-books for free as part of your degree package at the start of your first term.
* Benefit from world-class teaching from our research-active geology and geography staff members, ensuring your learning is always current.
* Study modules dedicated to addressing the connection between physical geography and geology, such as âlong-term landscape developmentâ.
* Take part in fieldwork in a range of exciting locations such as Iceland, Sicily, Spain and Cyprus to develop and expand your subject specific and transferable skills. You can follow a route through this course where all compulsory residential fieldwork costs are met from tuition fees, though some fieldwork options may require additional funding.
* Progress your skills in our open access laboratory, LABplus.
* Work towards becoming a Chartered Geologist, our accreditation by the Geological Society helps you to gain the required experience. The worldâs oldest and most prestigious national learned society for geology.
* Develop skills further by applying to spend Year 2 studying abroad in Canada, Australia, USA or Europe through our direct exchange, Erasmus or ISEP programmes.
In your first year, you'll build a foundation in physical geography and geology to understand mineral- and rock-forming processes. Core modules include Earth history and structure, the fossil record, biogeography, geomorphology, and surface processes. Laboratory classes will help you develop a range of key analytical skills and youâll acquire essential field skills in the diverse landscapes of south-west England.
In your second year, youâll study Earth surface systems and a range of techniques and methods in physical geography and geology - developing your field skills in the dramatic environments of southern Spain. Core geological modules and the specialist long term landscape development module build on knowledge developed in your first year, while a range of physical geography options allow you to develop your physical geography knowledge in areas that interest you. You can choose to develop your skills further by applying to spend this year studying abroad in Canada, Australia, USA or Europe through our direct exchange, Erasmus or ISEP programmes.
In your final year, you will undertake an independent field- or laboratory-based project for your honours dissertation, which is supported by a programme of professional skills development. Youâll also develop specialist knowledge and skills through a wide range of final year option modules spanning the spectrum of geology and physical geology, ranging from geohazards to coastal zone management. Develop advanced field skills during a field course in Iceland, Sicily or Cyprus.
The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.
22% of assessment is by exam, 61% by coursework, 17% is practical.
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