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Physical Geography

Cardiff University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Cardiff
English

About this program

Physical Geography

Our planet is constantly evolving and reshaping itself. We need to understand the science behind physical processes and hazards like flooding and coastal erosion so we can adapt and find solutions to challenges we;ll face in the future.

On our Physical Geography course, you will explore how the Earth functions and learn about global hazards like volcanoes and landslides and investigate how landscapes evolve over time. You will study physical processes from across the world, from glacial processes to desertification. You will also develop skills in mapping and research and gain experienceusing industry-standard equipment and software.

Students on this course are usually interested in the physical world around us and want to use their knowledge and understanding to make a positive difference. Graduates leave with the skills to solve a range of complex real-world problems related to the physical environment and with experience of hands-on fieldwork and cutting-edge research with world-leading scientists.

We make the most of our location and take regular day trips along the coast and to the Brecon Beacons in South Wales. There will also be opportunities to go onoverseas field trips, in the past we have taken geography studentstoSwitzerland.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

ABB-BBB (with 1 science subject) or BBB-BBC (with 2 science subjects). Acceptable science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Maths, Physics.

Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ 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.

English language requirements

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

  • II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
  • III: at least a Pass in all components.

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


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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

  • World of Dynamic Environments
  • Exploring Planet Earth GIS, Maps and Analytical Skills
  • Geography Field Skills
  • Understanding the Living Planet
  • Fundamentals of Geographical Science

Year two

  • Geographical Data Analysis, Field and Professional Skills
  • Process Geomorphology Hydrology

Year three

  • Physical Geography Dissertation
  • Environmental Geomorphology

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition

  • Tuition fees for UK and Ireland Students: £9,000 per year.
  • Tuition fees for International Students: £23,450 per year.

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme describe what you will be able to do as a result of your study at Cardiff University. They will help you to understand what is expected of you.

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme can be found below

Knowledge Understanding:

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

  • a systematic understanding of spatial and temporal processes relating to aearth system processes, including a broad critical comprehension of the inter-relationships between theseat a range of scales
  • a broad understanding of global challenges including risks and hazards associated with earth system processes, including approaches to the governance of these
  • a systematic understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature ofPhysicalGeography, 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 Programme students will be able to demonstrate the following :

  • Debate, interpret and explain the causes and scales of contemporary andfuture earth system processeswhilst critically applying relevant ideas, concepts and methods
  • Collect, collate, synthesise and critically evaluate a wide variety ofPhysical Geographydata and information, drawing from relevant approaches in cognate areas of science
  • Evaluate current research in selected aspects ofPhysical Geography, 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 understandearth system processes

Professional Practical Skills:

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

  • Critically analyse and interpret a range of different types of data related to thephysical geographyresearch processes to investigate a range of topicalearth surface topicsand theoretical concepts
  • Plan, design and execute research related to physical geography, 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
  • 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 various environments, and apply this understanding, as appropriate to applied research

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the entire Programme 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

Career paths

Careers and placements

Career prospects

With the planet under increasing pressure from climate change and a changing landscape, the knowledge and skills of a physical geographer are in demand. You can use your understanding of the Earth;s processes to find sustainable solutions to many of the complex challenges we face today and in the future.

You can choose to work in a variety of different industries and roles in government, government agencies or consultancies including working as a technical specialist or a geospatial analyst. You will also have employable skills that sectors like insurance, finance, education and planning are looking for.

Some of our past students have gone on to work at the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, local government, environmental consultancies and environmental charities.

95% of the School's first-degree graduates were in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities such as travelling, 15 months after the end of their course (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18).

Contains HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data.

Placements

Any student who can secure a suitable placement with a company or organisation may transfer to our four-year programme and graduate with a BSc with a Professional Placement Year. We cannot guarantee placements as the recruitment and selection process depends on the company you are applying to. However, we will support you in finding and applying for a placement and the University;s careers service can help you with your applications, CV and interview skills. We have found that students who complete a professional placement year return to their studies with invaluable employability skills and industry experience.

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