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Geology with Physical Geography (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
Length of course
3 years, starts September 2020
Course type
Highfield, Waterfront (NOCS)
UCAS course code

About this course

With this joint honours course, you'll 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.

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.

With a degree in Geology 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.

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 413 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Highfield in Southampton and Waterfront (NOCS) campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.