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Marine Geography

Cardiff University
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Cardiff
September 2020

Cardiff
September 2021

Program description

Marine Geography

The ocean is arguably the last major frontier on Earth for exploration and discovery, with marine geographers instrumental in solving physical, hydrographical and managerial issues relating to the ocean and its coastlines.

The world’s oceans and coasts are full of amazing habitats and wildlife and they sustain many important and growing industries including shipping, tourism and renewable energy. As a marine geographer, you will have the skills and knowledge needed to keep our oceans healthy and support traditional and emerging marine industries to be sustainable.

On our Marine Geography course, you will study a unique mix of physical and environmental geography. You will explore the science behind the relationship between society and the sea, and investigate global challenges like ocean acidification and rising sea levels.

South Wales has a rich and diverse marine environment including estuaries with large tidal ranges, islands thriving with wildlife, offshore renewable energy and the largest oil port in the UK in Milford Haven. You will develop your field and boat work skills on regular trips to the Bristol Channel, the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and the Gower, as well as on overseas trips to locations such as Malta, Jersey and Greece. You will get involved in activities like offshore surveying, water quality monitoring, ecological mapping and beach profiling.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

Grades ABB - BBB, including one science or grades BBB-BBC with two science subjects. Science subjects include Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Geology, Biology, Geography, Computer Science, Environmental Science. Please note, General Studies will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website


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Program content

  • In your first year, you will study core modules designed to give you a strong foundation in marine geography. Topics include
    • Oceans
    • Climate
    • Earth processes
    • Global environments
  • In your second year, you will build on the knowledge from year one and start exploring more advanced concepts like marine ecology, coastal processes and the ocean-atmosphere system.
  • In your third year you will have more freedom to shape your degree and choose modules that fit with your career ambitions. You will also develop essential professional skills and knowledge that all employers are looking for.

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding

On successful completion of the entire program students will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A systematic understanding of spatial and temporal processes relating to marine and coastal environments, and a broad, critical comprehension of the inter-relationships between ocean, coastal and catchment systems
  • A broad understanding of marine and coastal resources and associated global challenges, including approaches to the governance of these
  • A systematic understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of Marine Geography, including its content, methods and philosophy, and an associated practical understanding of the need for integration of knowledge from cognate sciences, including those related to ocean, atmospheric, physical and environmental sciences

Intellectual Skills

On successful completion of the entire program students will be able to demonstrate the following :

  • Debate, interpret and explain the causes, scales and impacts of contemporary and future marine environmental issues whilst critically applying relevant ideas, concepts and methods.
  • Collect, collate, synthesise and critically evaluate a wide variety of data and information associated with marine and coastal environments, drawing from relevant approaches in cognate areas of environmental science.
  • Evaluate current research on selected aspects of the marine environment, demonstrating an appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of associated scientific understanding.
  • Work across disciplines to link knowledge and experience from allied sciences to understand the marine environment including its relationship with society

Professional Practical Skills

On successful completion of the entire program students will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Critically analyse and interpret a range of different types of data related to the marine environment as part of research processes to investigate a range of topical marine environmental issues and theoretical concepts
  • Plan, design and execute research related to the marine and coastal environment, critically using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis in field, offshore, laboratory and desk-based studies
  • Understand and apply methods used to acquire geospatial data and represent such data in appropriate cartographic and graphic formats using appropriate platforms, including GIS
  • Address research problems involving the integration and analysis of diverse and often incomplete and uncertain data using appropriate qualitative and quantitative methodologies and approaches
  • Demonstrate practical skills and competence in information technology, geographical information systems, cartographic, statistical and other analytical techniques
  • Demonstrate basic skills and competence in GIS, cartographic and basic statistical analysis
  • Apply appropriate IT, GIS, cartographic and statistical analytical techniques to a range of geographical enquiries
  • Undertake effective project management and organisational skills through independent working and team work
  • Understand and the practical limitations, logistics, safety and ethical aspects of data gathering in marine and coastal environments, and apply this understanding, as appropriate to applied research

Transferable/Key Skills

On successful completion of the entire program students will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • An ability to effectively communication of knowledge, ideas and arguments in a variety of formats using oral, written, and visual media to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • An ability to work competently individually or as part of a team in both problem-setting and problem-solving within a range of applied research environments where decision-making is complex and multi-disciplinary
  • An ability to undertake independent study and personal scholarship, fostered through enhanced personal responsibility, initiative and self-learning experiences
  • An understanding of the skills and competencies needed to secure employment and support ongoing professional development, and be able to apply this to self-reflect, assess and articulate individual employability skills and needs

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