Geography

Our BSc (Hons) Geography degree is accelerated, meaning you can complete it in three years rather than four. This allows our students to enter employment or further study one year ahead of their peers.

Many of the challenges facing the world in the 21st century are related to geography. Geographers are in increasing demand as their skills are required to address the environmental, economic and societal challenges of the future.

On our BSc (Hons) Geography degree you will study both physical and human geography, with an emphasis on physical-environmental studies.

Physical geography covers climate, atmosphere, landscapes, natural processes, glaciation and energy use.

Human geography covers societies and their distribution and interaction, including sustainable development, urban and rural geography, population growth and globalisation.

You will gain an insight into a range of practical, social, economic and environmental issues.

In addition to learning core skills related to fieldwork, including GIS and remote sensing, preparing maps and diagrams and using social surveys, you will also develop a wide range of employability skills such as team working, problem solving, research and data analysis and communication and IT skills.

Things to know:

  • While the first year follows a traditional study pattern, year two and three include a summer semester allowing you to complete your studies in three years, rather than four;
  • There are no exams on this course - you are assessed by coursework only;
  • The course includes several fieldwork trips. In 2017 this included the Cairngorms National Park and the Swiss Alps.*
  • There is a strong focus on employability, with a module on employability skills and a work placement in year three;
  • Students enjoy a mix of online learning and face-to-face teaching. Tutorials consist of small groups of students, who learn together on campus, supported by online materials, allowing you the flexibility to study whenever and wherever it suits you.

Career progression routes include:

  • Government departments and agencies e.g. the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Environment Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, English Natural Heritage
  • Planning departments of local authorities
  • Natural resource industries such as oil, gas, coal, aggregates
  • Water industry and flood management
  • Environmental consultancy
  • Waste and recycling
  • Travel and tourism
  • Public policy
  • Urban regeneration
  • Retail and business
  • Teaching

More information and to apply.

* Please note, there is a cost to the student for the compulsory overseas trip. Locations may vary.

Keiran Young

Keiran Young BSc (Hons) Geography student

"I feel really prepared for the working world, having developed a vast array of useful skills that could potentially set you apart from the hundreds of other graduates. With the degree being so broad it opens up many avenues not only to further study, but a wide range of possible career paths. The campus is also a joy to study in, with state of the art facilities and a fresh approach to teaching, it's really a place you can grow academically. For anyone considering this course, I'd say 'Go for it.' You will experience unforgettable once in a lifetime trips and a better understanding of the world around you."

Dr Ann Marie Nuttull

Dr Anne-Marie Nuttall

Dr Nuttall's research interests include learning technology and how students interact with it; experiential learning during expeditions and fieldwork; and mass balance and dynamics of Arctic, Alpine and Himalayan glaciers.

"I am a physical geographer with broad interests in processes shaping the surface of the earth, but particularly the impact of glaciers on the landscape, and the impact of climate change on glaciers."