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Physical Geography (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
3 years
Course Type
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About this course

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Understand the processes that created the physical world in this practical, BSc Physical Geography course. You’ll explore specialist scientific subjects such as ecology and geology from the start of your studies. This course will prepare you for work in a range of fields, including environmental management or engineering.

Explore a range of physical environments as you study 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 remote sensing for Earth observation
  • go on fieldwork trips to places like Tenerife, Switzerland and Cambodia
  • use specialist facilities including a purpose-built teaching lab and research-grade field equipment
  • learn about the dramatic shifts in Earth’s environmental systems
  • examine how individuals and societies respond to major changes in the environment

Discover ecology and learn how professional ecologists define and identify geographical problems. You’ll understand how data is collected and how the results are analysed and applied to global and environmental issues.

Investigate landscape processes in an in-depth and motivated away whilst you study the course and how our societies adapt to a range of environmental and socio-economic hazards.

You'll analyse coastal, volcanic, and other environments to discover what past climate changes can tell us about our planet's future.
You’ll spend a week in Tenerife in your second year to learn about life on a volcanic island. You’ll also design and run your own field project. There is no cost to attend this field trip.

Course location

This course is based at 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 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

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