Physical Geography (2017 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Geography, Geology and the Environment, Faculty of Natural Sciences

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Physical Geography was voted 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016

Physical Geography was voted 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016

Course Overview

Discover new ways to understand and appreciate the natural world as you explore the rapidly evolving science behind Earth’s changing landscapes and environments.

This course, ranked top for student satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey, focuses on Earth as a global environmental system. We take an inter-disciplinary perspective that will allow you to embed influences from fields such as geology, environmental science and life sciences into your studies. With our global approach you will discover landscapes and points of view that transcend traditional boundaries. You will learn to collect and interpret evidence in the field and in the laboratory, acquiring skills in surveying, GIS and a range of physical and chemical analytical techniques. You will have the chance to apply your new skills on field courses in the UK and overseas.

Course content

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF) Dual Honours and Major Minor Course Information Document (PDF)

Looking for a more complete list of modules? You can view the module list for 2017 entry on our Module Catalogue:

Module Catalogue

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Physical Geography. 

First year 

Core modules: 

  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography 
  • Geographical Skills
  • People and Environment
  • The Practice of Physical Geography
  • Geography and Geographers 

Elective modules: 

  • Greening Business
  • Introductory Geology for Environmental Scientists 
  • Human Geographies
  • Practising Human Geography
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Global Warming or a New Ice Age?

Second year 

Core modules: 

  • Practical Physical Geography 
  • Dynamic Geographies
  • Regional Landsystems
  • Geographical Research Training
  • Concepts and Debates in Geography

Elective modules: 

  • Human Impact on the Environment
  • Geoscience and Society
  • Work Placement
  • Practical Human Geography 
  • Space and Society
  • Entrepreneurship

Third year 

Optional core modules: 

  • Double Dissertation 
  • Single Dissertation 
  • Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Water Resources
  • Inspirational Landscapes
  • Applied GIS
  • Coastal Environments

Elective modules: 

  • Trees in their Environment
  • Natural Hazards
  • Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science 
  • Environment and Sustainability Case Study
  • Gendering Global Politics
  • Politics of Development
  • Environmentalism, Environmental Movements and Protest

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Physical Geography. 

First year 

Core modules: 

  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography 
  • Geographical Skills 
  • The Practice of Physical Geography 
  • People and the Environment 

Second year 

Core modules: 

  • Dynamic Geographies 
  • Practical Physical Geography
  • Regional Landsystems
  • Geographical Research Training 

Third year 

Optional core modules: 

  • Double Dissertation 
  • Single Dissertation
  • Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Water Resources
  • Natural Hazards
  • Inspirational Landscapes
  • Applied GIS
  • Coastal Environments 

Elective modules:

  • Natural Hazards
  • Environment and Sustainability Case Study
  • Gendering Global Politics
  • Politics of Development

Major Minor

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of major honours Physical Geography. 

First year 

Core modules: 

  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography 
  • Geographical Skills 
  • The Practice of Physical Geography 
  • People and the Environment 

Second year 

Core modules: 

  • Dynamic Geographies 
  • Practical Physical Geography
  • Regional Landsystems
  • Geographical Research Training 

Third year 

Optional core modules: 

  • Double Dissertation 
  • Single Dissertation 
  • Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology 
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Water Resources
  • Inspirational Landscapes
  • Applied GIS
  • Coastal Environments

Elective modules:

  • Trees in their Environment
  • Natural Hazards
  • Environment and Sustainability Case Study
  • Contemporary Topics in Environmental Studies
  • Gendering Global Politics
  • Politics of Development
  • Environmentalism, Environmental Movements and Protest

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

Geography graduates are highly employable. Your degree from Keele will equip you for future employment or advanced study, and will establish a lifelong appreciation of the world around you. Your skills could take you into directly related careers such as environmental planning or consultancy, or you could apply them in industries such as energy, agriculture, meteorology or construction. Your problem-solving skills and global, interdisciplinary approach will be of value in a huge range of careers.

Why not take a look at our alumni case studies page to see what our graduates are doing now.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Physical Geography with Foundation Year: F803 View Unistats for this course

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

can be combined with:

Full Unistats data is available at unistats.direct.gov.uk (opens new window)

Study abroad

On the Physical Geography programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on the syour choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from their destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination.