Geography is vital in our globally interconnected world. It helps us understand human-environment relationships, and how they vary across time and space. Geography allows us to discover, record and shape the places we inhabit today and in the future.
This four-year BSc Geography degree is ideal if you have more of an interest in physical geography.
An Integrated Foundation Year is suitable if you do not have the necessary qualifications to enter the degree at year one. You will be given the chance to develop an understanding which is essential to successfully completing the degree.
Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you can progress to either the BSc or BA Geography schemes.
At Swansea, we place a strong emphasis on fieldwork. Our location offers easy access to environments as varied as the Gower Peninsula, Brecon Beacons, rural west Wales and the urban industrial landscapes across south Wales.
Within the full degree, you will have the opportunity to undertake overseas field courses in places such as Sikkim in the Indian Himalayas, Malaysian Borneo, Colorado, New York and Vancouver.
WHY GEOGRAPHY WITH A FOUNDATION YEAR AT SWANSEA?
Geography at Swansea University attracts students from across the world.
Based on our stunning Singleton Park campus overlooking Swansea Bay, Geography at Swansea is ranked:
- consistently highly for student satisfaction, with Human Geography 7th in the UK with 95%
- In the UK top ten for research impact [Research Excellence Framework 2014] which informs our teaching
- 20th in the UK for research quality [Times Sunday Times University Guide 2019]
Your learning will be shaped by inspirational and internationally-renowned academics including Professor Tavi Murray, the first woman to be awarded a Polar Medal for outstanding service to polar research; and Professor Adrian Luckman, who earned global media coverage for climate change research into the Larsen C ice shelf collapse.
Our BA and BSc Geography degrees have Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) accreditation, and Swansea University also holds a TEF Gold award, UK Government recognition for excellent teaching in UK higher education.
YOUR GEOGRAPHY WITH A FOUNDATION YEAR EXPERIENCE
A flexibly structured degree path means you have the opportunity to study abroad for a year or work in industry for a year, either locally, nationally or overseas.
Your degree can also be customised with a mixture of human and physical geography modules.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and discussion groups, supported by practical classes and field courses.
Field courses might take you from areas of outstanding natural beauty on our doorstep in the Gower Peninsula, to locations across the world such as Austria, Borneo, Berlin, Colorado and Sikkim in the Indian Himalayas.
Our facilities include a £4.2 million suite of state-of-the-art science laboratories and a high-performance computer laboratory for processing and interpreting satellite earth observation and GIS data.
You may also find yourself working with our stable isotope ratio mass spectrometer, our climatic test chamber, our mineral magnetic characterisation equipment, or our automatic organic carbon analyser.
GEOGRAPHY WITH A FOUNDATION YEAR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Our Geography degrees at Swansea University are designed so that you have the skills that today’s employers are looking for. Geography graduates have a broad range of career options within sectors which include environmental management, aid and development agencies, conservation and regional and resource planning.
Our degrees will provide you with an understanding of the human world, the natural environment, and interactions between them and equip you with the practical, numerical and computational skills that are valued by many employers.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to develop your essential transferable skills, such as team working, communication, presentation, problem solving, and analytical skills.
We offer CV workshop and you will have access to our Employment Zone, which advertises work placements, part time vacancies and graduate jobs. We have dedicated staff who will always be on hand to provide employability support, throughout your studies.
We take Employability seriously and you will leave Swansea University with much more than a degree, gaining invaluable life skills and experiences on your journey.