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Geography (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
Length of course
3 years, starts September 2020
Course type
UCAS course code

About this course

Develop an in-depth understanding of the processes that have created the physical world in this hands-on, science-based course. It's distinct from our BA Geography course, which focuses on human geography. This course will prepare you for work in a range of fields, from environmental management to engineering or finance.

As part of your studies you'll learn how to 'read' a landscape, analyse geographical data and understand satellite images. You can study a range of environments and practise a variety of monitoring techniques. You'll discover how past climate change might hold the key to our planet's future.

This course combines theory modules, practical fieldwork and project work. You'll learn the basics of physical geography and study the relationship between people and landscapes.

We use the latest research to underpin our teaching. Our small-group approach means you'll spend plenty of time with academics and fellow students.

You can shape the course to your personal interests or career plans by choosing from optional subjects such as:

  • glaciers

  • global water resources

  • desert landscapes

You'll carry out an individual research project which will develop sought-after skills and knowledge.

As part of this course you can:

  • study specialist computing and geographical information systems

  • undertake fieldwork trips to places like Switzerland and Cambodia

  • use specialist facilities including a purpose-built teaching lab and remote sensing equipment

  • enhance your degree by studying a minor subject in an unrelated academic area

  • discover a new culture by studying abroad for a semester at one of our partner institutions

  • boost your employability by spending a year in employment

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 256.21 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Highfield campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.