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Durham University

Geography

UCAS Code: F800

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Physical geography

In the first year of Physical Geography, we introduce the range of our research specialisms and research methods, including residential fieldwork overseas (e.g. Portugal). Elective modules in the second and third years progressively lead to material at the cutting edge of research and include optional overseas fieldwork. The majority of modules in the second and third year focus on physical geography and environmental topics. In the second and third year, you may take integrated modules (with a mixture of human and physical geography) and one module from the Geography BA (Hons) list (subject to timetable compatibility).

**Year 1**
Compulsory modules:
Physical Geography
Introduction to Geographical Research (BSc) – double module including overseas residential fieldwork
Human Geography.

Optional modules, choose two optional modules from:
Understanding Earth’s Principles
Planet under Pressure
Geographies of Crisis
Level One Module(s) offered by another department, subject to approval.

**Year 2**
In the second year, you will develop further practical and scientific research skills and, through your choice of modules, may start to specialise in a number of themes or may choose a broader approach. These include our integrated modules that span the human/physical geography interface.

Compulsory modules:
Scientific Research in Geography (includes compulsory residential fieldwork in the UK) – double module, and a pre-requisite for the dissertation in the third year
Handling Geographic Information.

Optional modules, choose three modules (the modules may vary from year to year but typical options include):
Climate Change: Geographical Perspectives
Contested Environments
Fluvial Systems
Geochemistry of the Environment
Glaciers and Glaciation
Reconstructing Environmental Change
Mountain Landscapes
One Level Two module from the BA list or from another department (with permission).

**Year 3**
In the third year, you will undertake your own Research Project (the Dissertation), supervised by a member of staff. You will also choose from a selection of modules that involve material at the cutting-edge of contemporary research.

Compulsory module (40 credits):
Dissertation (individual Research Project based on an approved physical geography topic) – double module.

Optional modules (80 credits in total - please see our website for full list).

**Study Abroad**
You will have the opportunity to study abroad for a year between the second and third years of the Geography BSc (Hons). We have a growing list of exchange programmes and this can be a rewarding experience and highly valued by employers. Places are allocated on a competitive basis. Past Geography students have studied abroad at the following universities:

National University of Singapore
University of British Columbia
Queen's University, Canada
University of Otago, New Zealand.
University of Hong Kong
University of Melbourne.
A current list of approved universities can be found here.

**Placement Year**
You also have the opportunity to do a placement year with an organisation outside of the University between your second and third year. This additional year extends your degree making it four years in total. You may choose to do a placement which relates to a particular aspect of your studies or a role which aligns with broader career aspirations utilising skills developed during your degree. Students who are interested in doing a placement year should get in touch with the Department placement year convenor and the Faculty Placement Officer who will help guide them through the process. You don’t need to commit to a placement year prior to starting at Durham, you will make that decision during your second year. The Department, Faculty Placement Officer and Careers and Enterprise Centre support students before, during and after their placement year and students retain their student status for the year on placement.

For more information on this course, please see our website.

Modules

For more information on the content of this course, including module details, please see our website.

The Uni


Course locations:

Collingwood

St Hild and St Bede

No college preference

Grey

George Stephenson College

Josephine Butler College

St Mary's

Trevelyan

University

Hatfield

St Chad's

St John's

John Snow College

St Aidan's

Van Mildert

St Cuthbert's

Department:

Geography

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

87%
med
Physical geography

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Physical geographical sciences

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
96%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

83%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
91%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
39%
Male students
61%
Female students
98%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Physical geographical sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
high
Average annual salary
99%
med
Employed or in further education
93%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Business, research and administrative professionals
11%
Teaching and educational professionals
7%
Conservation and environment professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Physical geography

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£27k

£27k

£34k

£34k

£36k

£36k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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