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Physical Geography, BSc Hons

From climate change to conservation, as a student on our Physical Geography, BSc Hons degree, you’ll study some of the most important issues facing the world today.

On our Physical Geography degree, you'll learn the main techniques of investigation and data analysis used in Physical Geography while covering landforms, oceans, atmosphere, flora and fauna. Modules also explore the impact of human activity on the natural environment. A dissertation will give you the opportunity to study a topic of interest in depth.

Fieldwork is an essential part of the course, with trips funded by the university. Previous destinations include the New Forest, the Lake District and Spain.

Popular career options for our Geography graduates include conservation, environmental consulting, the civil service and teaching.

Course/institution codes

F800 M BSc/Geog

Concerned about grades?

We offer an extended degree in this subject that you can access with lower entry requirements.

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
  • 4 years sandwich

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • Study the natural world and learn about the impact humans have on the environment
  • Explore geographic issues from the perspectives of natural, physical and social science
  • Learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practicals and free field trips in the UK and abroad
  • Graduate with the skills to deal with local and global issues, both academically and practically
  • Develop a broad range of transferable skills that employers value, including project design, research, management and team work
  • You may be able to complete a six week or longer summer graduate-level placement between your second and third year which counts towards your degree

Physical Geography, BSc Hons


Want to find out what studying Physical Geography at the University of Greenwich is like? Hear from the course leader, Dr Peter Burt.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

Over 90% of all our academics have a PhD, 65% of whom also have their PGCert Higher Education teaching qualification or equivalent. We are committed to growing these percentages annually and now only recruit academic staff with a PhD.

As a department, NRI has a vibrant research programme with over 80 academic staff publishing work of internationally leading quality. NRI has 22 Professors who are playing key roles in the leadership of research . On the teaching side we pride ourselves with the highest professional standards. Many of our staff have become Fellows, Senior Fellows and Principal Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. We strive to place the student experience at the heart of all we do.

Some of the modules at NRI are also supplemented by external industrial experts who come to give guest lectures and presentations on the latest developments in the industry.

In addition, our PhD students offer support to the academics in the laboratories, this approach is very popular with our undergraduates.

Come and visit us

You can find out a lot about a university online, but to really get a feel for what it's like to live and study here you should come and visit. Come take a look at our historic campuses in London and Kent.

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Entry requirements

If you are

Typical Offer: 104 Points

Qualifications: three A-levels/Extended Diploma/combination of A-level and Diploma/A-levels and Extended Certificate

Subjects:

  • A-level: 32 Points from Geography (or related science subject)
  • BTEC National: Extended Diploma in Applied Science
  • A-level and BTEC National: Diploma/Extended Certificate in Applied Science and 32 Points from A-level Geography (or related science subject – as above)
  • Plus GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the A*-G system), and one GCSE science subject at Grade C or above under the A*-G system. We also accept equivalent qualifications at Level 2, such as Functional Skills in Mathematics and English.

We will also consider:

  • AS-levels along with A2-levels
  • Alternative qualifications at Level 3, such as OCR Cambridge Technicals, AQA Tech-level, the International Baccalaureate and Access to Science

Appropriate qualifications such as an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree, with which you may be able to enter this degree in Year 2 or later.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

We welcome applications from mature students.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

Concerned about grades?

We offer an extended degree in this subject with lower entry requirements. Our extended degrees include a foundation year to prepare you for degree-level study.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

NRI restricts its class sizes to enhance the learning experience of students. Class size is dependent on module options choice.

Independent learning

At university, you must develop the ability to work more independently than you have done before. In the early stages of the degree, you will receive a higher level of support from module leaders and personal tutors. In years 2 and 3, you will need to demonstrate an increasing ability to build upon material delivered in lectures and laboratories through independent reading. Greenwich graduates should be able to think and work independently, analytically and creatively to solve problems.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Part time courses

Whilst the university tries to ensure that part-time attendance is one day of the week only, this cannot be guaranteed for every course and subsequent years. For further information regarding part-time timetables contact fes-courseinfo@gre.ac.uk

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

University policy is to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days of the coursework submission date. 

Examination results will be available within 28 days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Safety equipment
NRI students are provided with lab coat and safety glasses free of charge. You'll be expected to pay for prescription safety glasses (approx. £90+) if you choose to purchase them.

Field trips
The cost of field trips is activity dependant. Some are free, while others may require a contribution. You are not obliged to pay for field trips in order to complete your course. All BSc NRI field trips are free of charge.

Professional memberships
The standard professional memberships attached to accredited courses are covered by your tuition fees. You are welcome to take up additional professional memberships at your own cost.

Resources
Course texts and other study resources are available from the Drill Hall Library. You may wish to purchase your own copies. You also receive an allowance for printing costs, which you can top up if required.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

A degree in Geography is a stepping stone to a wide range of employment prospects in the UK and overseas. In recent years our graduates have obtained jobs in careers which draw directly on geographical knowledge (for example in local authorities as planning and development officers), others have gone on to teach (currently there is a national shortage of Geography teachers) or to undertake more advanced study at postgraduate level (MSc and PhD).

Career opportunities include roles in regeneration, conservation, environmental consultancies, natural resource/environmental management, non-governmental organisations. Some use their qualification to enter the services, police, or other career where a knowledge of the general scientific approach is highly valued by employers.

Are internships available?

Geography students can undertake a summer internship between completing the second year examinations and the start of the third year teaching programme as part of the programme. Students who successfully complete this course, which involves a placement of 6 to 12 weeks with a company or organisation whose work is broadly related to geography and completion of a reflective log, are exempt from the Planning for Personal and Professional Development module in their final year. Students have to find and secure their internship with support and guidance from the Faculty Employability and Placements Officer, Employability & Careers Service (ECS) and academic staff.

Do you provide employability services?

We have a team dedicated to enhancing student employment outcomes. We have an Employer Partnerships Manager developing relationships with companies to provide placement and employment opportunities. Other members of the team focus on helping students to develop their knowledge of job markets, production of effective CVs, cover letters and application forms, understanding HR selection processes, preparing final year students for graduate job applications and applying for placements.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We are ambitious for all our students and we want you to make the most of you time with us. You can access support to improve your study skills through your tutor, our subject librarians and our online academic skills centre.

We have a Learning Skills Coordinator and a writing Fellow, both of whom support students in improving their writing skills. Additional Maths support is also available through the Drill Hall library. All students are allocated a personal tutor throughout the duration of their studies

Support from the department

Students within the Faculty of Engineering and Science have a Retention and Success Officer (RSO) whose role it is to provide an additional layer of support for student engagement, and provision for extenuating circumstances, withdrawals and interruptions, Faculty level resit and Personal Development Planning enquiries. The University wide STAART (AccessAbility Retention and Transition) programme encourages and supports students with a disability, providing support for disabled students.

Accommodation information

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