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Cardiff University

Marine Geography

UCAS Code: F841
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Physical geographical sciences
Student score
73% LOW
% employed or in further study
87% LOW
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Including two sciences from chemistry, physics, biology, geography, geology, maths, applied science, environmental studies, archaeology, computing, ICT and sports science. For applicants taking Science A-Levels with an English exam board a pass in the separate practical element will be required. Offer excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers

Including two sciences from chemistry, physics, biology, geography, geology, maths, applied science, environmental studies, archaeology, computing, ICT and sports science. Offer excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

To include one of the applied science subjects.

International Baccalaureate

Including two sciences at HL from chemistry, physics, biology, geography, geology, maths, applied science, environmental studies, archaeology, computing, ICT and sports science.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Cardiff is the birthplace of the discipline of Marine Geography in the UK. This degree programme has been running since 1976 and is an extremely successful training route for employment in the marine and coastal sector or for future academic study. The degree is an exciting blend of the physical and human geography of deep sea marine and coastal environments. A major component of this programme is hands-on fieldwork including coastal and offshore mapping of the marine environment to understand its physical and biological characteristics. This work involves using some of the most advanced and exciting technology available. Situated in an estuary with a large tidal range and with access to a wide variety of coastal environments, Cardiff is an excellent base for both traditional fieldwork and innovative sea-time training. The School operates its own Research Vessel Guiding Light, a 12-metre boat used by all undergraduates as part of its research-led teaching programme. Additional fieldwork currently includes overseas field courses to Jersey, Malta and Spain, where aspects of physical geography (such as biodiversity, water quality and seabed mapping) are combined with applied use within human geography (such as legislation, management and science into policy). NOTE: As well as the conventional BSc degree, an optional one-year industrial placement is available for Marine Geography. This provides an opportunity for you to gain in-depth experience in a range of relevant industries. Students are supervised and visited by University staff while enjoying the experience and career enhancement that results from a ‘year out’. There are also four-year MESci and MESci (International) programmes. These focus on research training and critical analysis, making students who take these programmes very employable in a range of professions. Both feature a masters research dissertation in year four and the international MESci includes a year studying at a university overseas. Distinctive features This programme involves a common first term allowing you to experience aspects of Earth Sciences and Geography before finally deciding upon which honours degree course you wish to pursue. You will have the opportunity to undertake residential field courses abroad in year two and the final year which are led by highly research active staff and you can experience direct involvement in the research pathway, data collection, monitoring and mapping, and report writing. Undergraduates currently also have the opportunity to apply for research-led summer placements in ecosystem research and port environmental management.


Cardiff University

Campus life

A world-leading university in the vibrant capital city of Wales: 94% of our 2010 graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation. You'll be part of a Russell Group university and one that is ranked in the top 1.5% of the 10,000 universities globally. With over 26,000 students and 6,000 staff, the academic community is the size of a small town, with an active union to match.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 76%
Student score 73% LOW
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
4% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
44% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
372 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
84% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 87% LOW
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are sports and fitness occupations


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are architects, town planners and surveyors


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
There are two options for geography studies: the one we're talking about here is physical geography (there is also an option for geography courses with a more human or social steer). Like a lot of sciences, quite a few graduates in physical geography — about one in five — go on to further study, mainly for one-year Masters courses, and not just in geography, but in environmental sciences, conservation and in courses where we don't have enough graduates like planning and surveying. And in the world of work, graduates often go into environment, surveying and heritage work - and teaching. These are well-rounded degrees that help graduates get a range of useful skills and so careers such as marketing, business analysis, sports and management are also popular and it's often easy to convert or retrain once you have a geography degree.
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