Geography BSc

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Geography BSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      3 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      £ 9,000 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      £ 18,000

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    Swansea’s BSc in Geography is an excellent way to learn more about the surface planet we call home, as well as to explore concepts like plate tectonics, meteorology, climate change, glaciation and many more. A large part of this degree’s content is available in the Welsh language, as well.

    The science and geography facilities at Swansea have been very recently upgraded, part of a £4.2 million upgrade. This is a large part of the program’s admirable student satisfaction rating (93% in the 2017 survey), and also contributes to their excellent employability rates (94.6% as of 2014/2015).

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This course is delivered over 3 years at full time.

    Year 1:

    Required Modules

    • Earth in Action
    • Earth’s Changing Face
    • Global environmental change: The human impact
    • Global Shifts: Towards a New World Order?
    • People Place and Nation

    In addition, you will take 70 credits of additional modules from a long list of options, including classes taught in Welsh.

    Year 2:

    In the second ear, you’ll have to select either the Physical Geography or Human Geography pathway.

    Required Modules (many can be taken as Welsh equivalents):

    • Data Analysis
    • Dissertation Preparation
    • Geographical Fieldwork Skills – select 1 from:
      • Australia
      • Berlin
      • Mallorca
      • Malaysia/Borneo
      • New York
      • Vancouver
    • Conducting Social Research – Methods
    • Conducting Social Research – Project
    • Approaches to Human Geography

    You’ll also select 5 options from a long list of elective modules. The choice of modules will be determined by the pathway you chose.

    Year 3:

    In year 3 you’ll take the following modules, or their Welsh equivalents:

    • Dissertation Report: Geography
    • Dissertation Support: Geography

    In addition, you’ll select 80 credits from a list of options. Again, certain options are only available to the Physical Geography or Human Geography pathways.

    Learning And Teaching

    This 3-year BSc degree program is taught using field classes in addition to the standard mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Assessment is through a combination of coursework and end-of-term exams. Swansea adheres to the SALT Professional Development Framework for Learning and Teaching. In essence, the SALT Framework ensures that staff receive the support they need to provide the best quality teaching.

    Career Possibilities

    Graduates of this program will have picked up a wide range of transferrable skills and as a result have found employment is a great many fields besides the mainstream for geography graduates. Even so, the majority of those graduates seeking employment have found roles such as Surveyor, Lead Specialist, Ecologist, Catchment scientist, Geographical Data Processor, and Multi Site Supervisor.

    Entry Requirements

    For UK and EU-nationals

    This BSc program typically requires applicants to have achieved 3 A Levels of BBB or better, including at least a B or better in Geography or a closely related subject. Other certifications are accepted, at an equivalent level.

     

    For overseas (non-EU) students

    International students must be fluent in written and spoken English. This can be demonstrated by an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no section less than 5.5, or with one of several equivalent exams.

    International students must also have earned an educational certification that is the equivalent of that required for UK and EU students. The requirements can be found here.

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