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Geography and Physics

Keele University
3 years
Bachelor's degree
On campus
Keele
English
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Program description

At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We proudly rank 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for the last three years. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too.

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Geography and Physics. For the Geography element of the course, you will develop a core foundation in the first year from which you will have the flexibility to pursue a diverse range of specialisms and interests in the second and third years, allowing you to explore your interests within the subject. You'll learn to access and engage with the latest research in which the majority of our staff are engaged; undertake effective fieldwork; utilise a range of methods to collect and analyse qualitative data; plan and undertake research; and use specialist software such as GIS to address geographical problems. We offer a range of local field excursions, which for many students are the highlight of their learning experience.

Our campus provides an ideal venue for some of our work, whilst field courses run locally and overseas provide an opportunity to broaden your horizons. We provide field course routes that incur no additional costs with only some optional trips involving additional charges. You will also have access to excellent computing and laboratory facilities. As a geographer, you'll develop a wide range of transferable and subject specific skills that are highly valued by employers. Your interdisciplinary perspectives, problem-solving skills and the ability to research, evaluate and synthesise information from diverse sources are relevant to a broad range of careers including those in transport and planning and the environmental and retail sectors. They also provide an ideal training for postgraduate study and research.

For the Physics element of the course, You’ll use mathematics to describe the physical world, and learn to plan
and conduct investigations before reporting your results. Your course
will be informed by the research interests of your teaching staff: primarily
astrophysics and condensed matter physics. Regular laboratory sessions
will enable you to investigate unfamiliar phenomena and acquire
specialist techniques, but you’ll also develop invaluable transferable
skills such as communication, IT and interpersonal skills. We operate
an open-door policy which enables you to have excellent and flexible
access to staff to seek advice or feedback on your work.

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. A Physics degree from Keele will prepare you for many different careers,
which need not be directly related to physics.
You could take up all sorts of roles in industry, management, and public
services. You might work as a research scientist, medical physicist,
software engineer, geophysicist or radiation practitioner, or you might
branch out and become a science writer, chartered accountant, patent
lawyer, IT consultant or air traffic controller. Many graduates go on to
study at master’s or doctorate level.

About this institute

Keele University

The University received its Royal Charter in 1962 with a commitment to meet the demands of a new kind of society, economy and world. Today we still uphold that commitment in every aspect of life at Keele University. We work...


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