Are you looking for a degree that combines a study of the Earth, including its structure, composition and history, with its surface processes and their interactions with Earth’s systems and people?
Together, the study of geology and physical geography will provide you with a unique breadth of subject knowledge and a sound understanding of the Earth. The only degree in Wales to properly offer this combination of subjects, you will be able to combine the study Physical Geography and Geology elements that really interest you, shaping your final degree in Earth Sciences.
No degree in this subject can be confined to a classroom, so almost all modules are supported by field courses that make the most of our excellent location, close to some of the UK’s best landscapes. On overseas field courses, students have assessed hazards in Sicily or Greece, volcanic processes in Iceland, and climate change and environmental management in eastern or South Africa
You’ll develop practical fieldwork and laboratory techniques to improve your employment prospects. You’ll also explore how to identify and exploit natural resources, consider solutions to environmental concerns, and study geohazard analysis, climate change and engineering geology.
Areas in which you can specialise include Earth history, stratigraphy, petrology, structural geology, geographical information systems (GIS), palaeontology, climate change, environmental hazards, geomorphology, sustainable coastal and environmental management, natural resource exploration and exploitation, environmental policy and volcanology.
We have modules that prepare you for the graduate marketplace and help with project management, interview skills and job-search techniques. You’ll gain experience in industry-standard techniques and technologies, often in partnership with external organisations
Year One: Geology and Physical Geography degree
- The Dynamic Earth
- Rocks, Minerals and Fossils
- Basic Field Geology 1
- Introductory to Data Analysis and GIS
- Landform Systems
- Introductory Field and Research Skills
Year Two: Geology and Physical Geography
- The Evolving Earth
- Structural Geology
- Reconstructing Change
- Fluvial and Glacial Environments
- Techniques in Geography
Year Three: Geology and Physical Geography
- Basin Analysis and Hydrocarbon Exploration
- Management of Environmental Hazards
Additionally, four modules from the following options:
- Climate Change
- Engineering and Mining Geology
- Independent Geological Mapping and Research Project
- Regional Geography Field Course
- Earth Observation
- Work Based Learning
You will learn from a combination of lectures, laboratory sessions, tutorials, practicals, and UK field trips. The number of hours of formal teaching will vary depending on your module choice and year of study.
This BSc (Hons) Geology and Physical Geography degree includes a balanced mix of lectures, tutorials, laboratory periods, computer classes and practical coursework sessions, in addition to local and residential field courses. This will provide you with a wide range of learning opportunities and a superb set of experiences. You can expect to work on a variety of assignments whether as an individual or within groups. You will still study six modules each year, with a usual timetabled week of around 15 hours.