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Physical Geography (Extended), BSc Hons

Study this extended Physical Geography degree with a foundation year to explore some of the most important issues facing the world today, from climate change to conservation.

On our Physical Geography (Extended), BSc 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

F801

Entry requirements

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Campus

Medway

Duration

4 years full-time

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • This four year programme is identical to the three year course, but has a foundation year with lower entry requirements
  • If you have the ability but not the qualifications, this programme is your first step to graduation
  • The foundation year includes academic writing, computing skills, introduction to the subject and more.

Physical Geography (Extended), BSc Hons


Want to find out what studying Physical Geography at the University of Greenwich is like? Hear from one of the academics who teaches the course, 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 meet us

Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Entry requirements

If you are

Typically our minimum Clearing entry requirements for 3-year standard entry degree courses is 72 points (A Level: DDD | BTEC: MMP) and 4-year extended entry is 64 points (A Level: DDE | BTEC: MPP). This can vary course to course.

Please call our Clearing line or join live chat now to discuss your options.

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.

How you will learn

For new and returning students in September, our focus is on making our university environments safe and accessible to everyone.  We’ve prepared a 'blended model' of teaching which means combining face-to-face sessions on our campuses with online lectures. All face-to-face sessions are in line with distancing rules. If students are ill or shielding, we’ll provide all lectures and course materials online.

Ready for September

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. Scheduled learning activities 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

Outside of timetabled sessions, you'll need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for coursework, presentations and exams. Our library and online resources with support your further reading and research.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of scheduled learning activities which will include online lectures, online and on campus discussions, workshops and practical sessions.

If you are studying full time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job (approx. 40 hours per week. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study earns you credits toward your degree. Every credit represents around 10 study hours. So, if you receive 50 hours of scheduled learning activities for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 250 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by take-home exams, coursework and practice assessments on campus where required.

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.

Official statistics on Discover Uni

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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.

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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?

The range of skills acquired by geography graduates makes them attractive to a wide range of employers. Career opportunities include roles in regeneration, conservation, environmental consultancies, natural resource/environmental management, non-governmental organisations, the civil service, information services, teaching and other education related areas.

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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If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.