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Geology with Physical Geography (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
3 years
Course Type
Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton) and Highfield
UCAS Course code

About this course

With this joint honours course, you'll combine geology and physical geography to study the changing physical processes that have shaped the Earth over time. You can visit world-famous sites of geological interest, and access facilities, including the largest Earth and marine sciences library in Europe. You'll graduate with the skills and knowledge to tackle global challenges, from resource geology to pollution control.

This course is subject to revalidation for 2022 entry.

You'll receive a thorough grounding in all aspects of geology, and a broad overview of physical geography. You can choose to specialise in either subject as your course progresses.

Geological specialisations can range from resource and environmental geology to the frontier areas of:

  • sediment dynamics

  • seafloor exploration

  • history of the oceans

Physical Geography options include surface physical processes such as:

  • rivers

  • glaciers

  • coastal erosion

  • climate change in the Quaternary period

Geology holds the key to many issues we face today, including the balance between using natural resources and protecting the environment.

After you graduate, your expertise will be in high demand in the geological industry. Whether you choose to focus on the need for raw materials, the environmental sector or engineering geology.

On this BSc Geology with Physical Geography course you can:

  • examine past climate events to help predict climate change

  • develop ways to discover new natural resources and exploit known ones responsibly

  • understand natural hazards and help avoid them

  • study volcanoes and the behaviour of magma

As part of this course you can:

  • study in a world-leading research institution, National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS)

  • access superb, industry-standard facilities, including the National Oceanographic Library and 150 laboratories

  • go on field trips and residential field courses, both in the UK and abroad

  • gain career benefits through our many links to geological companies

  • develop transferable skills such as teamwork, written and oral communication, planning, presentation, data collection and analysis

Our geology courses are accredited by The Geological Society of London, meaning our teaching is of the highest quality and has been approved by an independent body of academics and industrialists.


Course locations

This course is based at Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton) and Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2021 to 2022. We're working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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