Physical Geography 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

During your studies in Physical Geography, we take an interdisciplinary perspective that will allow you to embed influences from fields such as geology, environmental science and life sciences into your studies.

Single Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: F841

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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

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

Course Overview

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.

What will this mean for my future?

In 2016, Keele University were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. 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.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography
  • Geographical Skills
  • People and the Environment
  • Global Warming or a New Ice Age*
  • Geography and Geographers*

Second year

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

Third year

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

*Single honours Physical Geography only

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

The Physical Geography Single Honours programme is modular in structure. The programme provides a broad-based first year followed by more specialised second year and third-year studies.

We assume no prior expertise in Physical Geography, and begin with introductory modules that provide a platform from which students can develop their knowledge, understanding and skills.  First year is an introductory year in which students acquire essential academic skills and a foundation of knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles of the subject. Second year develops a critical understanding of more advanced topics and conceptual issues in the subject, and helps students to establish skills in independent research. Third year allows students to explore specialised topics of their choice at the level of the most recent scientific research, and to develop a range of advanced skills.

There are three types of module delivered as part of your programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

 

A summary of the credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

75

15

45

0

30

2

90

0

30

0

30

3

0

90

120

0

30

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Fundamentals of Physical Geography

15

Greening Business

15

Geographical Skills

15

Global Warming or a New Ice Age?

15

People and Environment

15

Introductory Geology for Environmental

Scientists

15

The Practice of Physical Geography

15

Human Geographies

15

Geography and Geographers

15

Practising Human Geography

15

   

Entrepreneurship Level 4

15

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Practical Physical Geography

15

Human Impact on the Environment

15

Dynamic Geographies

30

Geoscience and Society

15

Regional Landsystems

15

Work Placement Module

15

Geographical Research Training

15

Practical Human Geography

15

Concepts and Debates in Geography

15

Space and Society

15

   

Entrepreneurship Level 5

15

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

In the third year, you must obtain a minimum of 90 credits from option modules (options must include either 15 or 30 credit Dissertation Independent Study Project (ISP) module). You may choose all 120 credits from option modules including one dissertation ISP.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

None

 

Double Dissertation ISP

30

   

OR

 
   

Single Dissertation ISP

15

   

PLUS

 
   

Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology

15

   

Global Environmental Change

15

   

Water Resources

15

   

Inspirational Landscapes

15

   

Applied GIS

15

   

Coastal Environments

15

   

Trees in their Environment

15

   

Natural Hazards

15

   

Contemporary Topics in Environmental

Science

15

   

Environment and Sustainability Case Study

15

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az