Geography is the science that studies the lands, features and inhabitants of the Earth whilst addressing global, social and environmental issues.
Geography is mainly split into two areas, human and physical. Human geography deals with the relationship of land and man – including where cities are built, why they are built there and other aspects on this theme.
Physical geography deals with our physical environment and atmosphere. This includes how caves were formed, what goes on in an earthquake and why rivers take the shapes that they do. Studying the weather is also a field within geography – and its importance is clear, especially when considering the safety of boats or warning people about extreme weather.
There are important applications, such as with climate change and the effects we are having by using up fossil fuels. To understand the theories of climate change, strong geography-based knowledge is required.
If you are interested in how the human race and the earth can impact upon each other, Geography could be the area for you.
What will I learn?
Firstly, the broad basis of geography knowledge will be provided, depending on what area you would like to study. This includes how lands were formed, the basic principles that determine where people settle and the principles that cause landscape change.
As students progress in their field, they will gain more specialist knowledge on issues like the weather, how climate change will impact the globe and how to prevent land erosion.
There are many areas that geography graduates can work in. Some of them are advisory-based, advising the government on building expansion and pollution control. Others are more practical such as being part of a team to deliver solutions to energy demands. Graduates have gone on to work for both local and national government and companies like the British Geological Survey and Environment Agency.
Marine Geography explores the science of the oceans and marine environment and its relationship to humanity. The World Ocean is one of the last major unexplored areas on the Earth and so requires traditional geographic skills to observe, measure, map and analyse the area.
Marine Geography is a combination of both Physical and Human Geographies and focuses upon the uses and industries connected with the oceans and coastal areas. Marine geographers are searching for a solution to sustain humanity as our natural resources are diminishing.
If you are interested in the science of the oceans and want to work towards creating a sustainable future, then Marine Geography could be for you!
What will I Learn?
Students will build a knowledge and skills base, which takes into account the scale and dynamic nature of the sea and the challenges of sustainable development. You can choose to study a selection of physical and human geography with an applied focus on the ocean. You will also undertake both coastal and offshore fieldwork and develop skills in Environmental Data Analysis. Fieldwork is an important aspect of this course and you may have the opportunity to travel to a range of coastal and island destinations.
Earth and Environmental Science
The study of Earth and Environmental Science is concerned with both global and local environmental issues with Physical Geography aspects. Earth and environmental scientists research areas such as sea level rise, pollution ecosystems and conservation.
The course covers the whole of environmental science from the air (atmosphere) to the oceans (hydrosphere) and the land masses (biosphere and geosphere). If you’re interested in Physical Geography and want to learn about the Earth and help tackle pressing sustainability issues, then Earth and Environmental Science could be for you!
What will I study?
Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of environmental science, complemented by key geographic skills such as map work, data analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). You will also undertake field work, which could take place anywhere in the world. You could be studying coastal engineering in the Netherlands or examining sustainability on the volcanic island of Tenerife!
Geography is one of the most popular social sciences because it addresses pressing global, social and environmental trends whilst engaging with the major intellectual issues and policy questions of our age. The course provides the theoretical and analytical skills to understand both the nature of change and its impacts.
Human Geography is a broad subject which explores the issues faced by everyone in the world. Human geographers study everything from food quality and safety through to the economic impact of festivals in town centres! If you want to help inform decision makers to improve our society then Human Geography could be for you!
What will I Learn?
Students will learn about the historical development of Human Geography and how it relates to contemporary society. You will learn about key geographical ideas, issues and concepts which surround the environment and urbanisation. Field work plays a big part in the study of Human Geography and you’ll also have the opportunity to take on work experience placements to ease the transition between education and the ‘real world’.