Covering physical landscapes, the natural environment and global change, our Geography BSc course can show you how our world is changing.
Having taught Geography for over 40 years, Coventry is ranked as one of top 10 universities in the UK for ‘Geography and Environmental Studies’ in the Guardian University Guide 2019.
This course focuses on the dynamics of physical landscapes and their links with people and places. We will cover the natural environment – landforms, glaciers, rivers and oceans, together with the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere. You should seek new insight into global issues, such as environmental change, climate change, sustainability and pollution.
We offer a common first year across two of our Geography degrees, so students will touch upon topics covered in the other degree, namely physical geography (BSc Geography). All two degrees have fieldwork, both here in the UK and overseas, embedded within them. Past students have studied natural and cultural landscapes in the Lake District and the processes of change in human and physical environments. They have put into practice various physical geography field techniques in Dorset, examining themes such as climate change, sea level rise and environmental gradients, and considered a range of environmental management issues in Morocco.
All of our geography degrees are designed to help develop your knowledge of the spatial organisation and evolution of the human and physical environment, within the broad field of geographical and geoscientific inquiry.
In all three years, you will be encouraged to develop your practical analytical and problem-solving skills, with appropriate training in how to conduct robust independent research in the laboratory and in the field, as well as detailed critical analysis and methods of reporting.
Why choose this course?
Our geography course has the highest levels of student satisfaction. In the latest National Student Survey (NSS) 2016, we achieved 100% student satisfaction overall and with all aspects of teaching.
We will explore the nature of the physical world; human interaction with the environment and the processes, natural and otherwise, that shape it over time – landscape change, environmental hazards and environmental management. In doing so, our aim is for students to discover ways of protecting finite resources, developing the knowledge and practical skills to help solve environmental problems and make informed contributions to policy.
Past students have gone on to careers in public and private sector organisations concerned with environmental management or promoting sustainable development. For example, recent graduate employers have included the Environment Agency and the Forestry Commission.
International experience opportunities
Geography is a global subject and international themes are core to our teaching. As such, much of our teaching relies on using case studies from overseas and your lecturers will draw on case studies related to their research from around the world. For example, previous cohorts have considered ecological monitoring and management in southern Africa and in the case of South America looked at the impacts of dams on natural river flows, biodiversity, infrastructure management and flood risk.
All students are given the opportunity to complete an overseas field course as part of their studies. You can also apply to work abroad or study at an international university during your sandwich year – the Geology and Natural Hazards course at Reykjavik in Iceland proving a popular choice.
In recent years, our fieldtrips have taken students to Morocco, Mallorca or Crete, where they investigated coastal inundation, earthquakes and land movement, gorge formation and faulting and sedimentation of alluvial fans. In the past, students have also visited Taiwan to examine the natural hazards posed by the island’s active volcano and the measures that can be taken to address these. Some have participated in a community outreach programme in Jordan, assisting local communities in development projects, while others have spent their summer performing voluntary work in the USA to enhance their skills and experience of an increasingly connected world.
These international experiences aim to provide you with an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental issues affecting other parts of the world, and to develop and apply your skills as a physical geographer in an international setting.
Successful geography graduates possess a number of skills that are highly valued by employers, as skills include literate and numerate, experienced in solving complex problems and developing solutions for multiple stakeholders through the collection and analysis of information.