About this course
Develop an in-depth understanding of the processes that created the physical world in this hands-on, BSc Physical Geography 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 economic development to environmental management, engineering or finance.
Explore and study a range of human-impacted environments whilst you address current and future sustainability challenges. You’ll learn how to 'read' a landscape, analyse geographical data and use satellite images to understand our dynamic and changeable world.
As part of this course you can:
study specialist computing and geographical information systems
undertake fieldwork trips to places like Tenerife, Switzerland and Cambodia
use specialist facilities including a purpose-built teaching lab and research-grade field equipment
enhance your degree by studying one of 33 different minor subjects in an unrelated academic area (e.g. you can graduate with a degree in BSc Geography with Applied Economics)
discover a new culture by studying abroad for a semester at one of our partner institutions (including Canada and Australia)
boost your employability by spending a year in employment
You’ll analyse environments that range from coastal to volcanic as you discover how past climate change might hold the key to our planet's future.
During your second year you'll spend a week in Tenerife with your peers. Here, you'll learn about life on a volcanic island and how to design and execute your own field project. This is compulsory and there is no cost to attend.
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.
This course combines theory modules, practical fieldwork (both locally and abroad) and project work. You can shape the course to your personal interests or career plans by choosing from optional subjects such as:
global water resources
coastal and human interactions
You'll carry out an individual research project with an academic supervisor which will develop sought-after skills and knowledge.
This course is based at Highfield, Southampton.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.