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Daearyddiaeth Forol (MSci)

  • UCAS code: 1D78
  • Next intake: September 2021
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Mode: Full time

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.


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Why study this course

This four year marine geography degree covers a broad range of marine and coast-related subjects and includes an independent research project.

The world’s oceans and coasts are full of amazing habitats and wildlife and they sustain many important and growing industries including shipping, tourism and renewable energy. As a marine geographer, you will have the skills and knowledge needed to keep our oceans healthy and support traditional and emerging marine industries to be sustainable. 

This course covers a unique mix of physical and environmental geography. You will explore the science behind the relationship between society and the sea, and investigate global challenges such as rising sea levels. You will study the physical, hydrographical and managerial issues relating to the ocean, with a focus on developing the advanced research skills needed for a career in academic research and consultancy. Our Master's degree involves a fourth year of study where you work on an exciting research project with an academic from the School and their research staff. 

We make the most of our location and take regular trips to the Bristol Channel, the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and the Gower, as well as overseas trips to places such as Malta, Jersey and Greece. You will get involved in activities like offshore surveying, water quality monitoring, ecological mapping and beach profiling.

 

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Professionally accredited

This course is accredited by the RICS which means that we have the recognition of a professional body. Accreditation is important when you start your career and it will help you obtain chartered status in your profession.

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High quality facilities

Access the latest technologies in offshore surveying and mapping equipment, chemical laboratories, labs with GIS, and a 12-metre research boat.

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Fieldwork opportunities

Regular field trips in the UK and overseas will help you to develop strong fieldwork skills. The cost of field trips is included in your course fees.

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Flexible course

You may request a transfer to the BSci or Professional Placement Year course, or switch to another degree in the same School at the end of year one.

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Strong connections

Our excellent links to local organisations, such as Natural Resources Wales and the Severn Estuary Partnership, helps our students to find projects and placement opportunities.

Where you'll study

Ysgol Gwyddorau'r Ddaear a’r Amgylchedd

Rydym yn gwneud synnwyr o'n byd sy'n newid ac yn datrys rhai o'r heriau mwyaf sy'n wynebu ein cymdeithas, economi ac amgylchedd.

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Entry requirements

ABB-BBB (gydag 1 pwnc gwyddoniaeth) neu BBB-BBC (gyda 2 bwnc gwyddoniaeth). Pynciau gwyddoniaeth derbyniol: Bioleg, Cemeg, Cyfrifiadureg, Gwyddor yr Amgylchedd, Daearyddiaeth, Daeareg, Mathemateg, Ffiseg.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

DDM-DMM mewn Diploma Estynedig BTEC mewn Gwyddor Anifeiliaid, Gwyddoniaeth Gymhwysol, Gwyddor Iechyd, TGCh, neu Wyddor Chwaraeon ac Ymarfer Corff.

32-31 yn gyffredinol neu 665 mewn 3 phwnc HL (gydag 1 pwnc gwyddoniaeth HL) neu 31-30 yn gyffredinol neu 665-655 mewn 3 phwnc HL (gyda 2 bwnc gwyddoniaeth HL). Pynciau gwyddoniaeth derbyniol: Bioleg, Cemeg, Cyfrifiadureg, Gwyddor yr Amgylchedd, Daearyddiaeth, Daeareg, Mathemateg, Ffiseg.

Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.

Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

Mae'n rhaid eich bod chi wedi bod yn gweithio tuag at:

- Iaith Saesneg neu Gymraeg ar radd TGAU gradd C / 4 neu gyfwerth (fel Safon Uwch). Os oes angen fisa Haen 4 arnoch, rhaid i chi sicrhau bod eich cymhwyster iaith yn cydymffurfio â gofynion UKVI.

- TGAU Mathemateg gradd C / 4 neu gymhwyster cyfatebol (pwnc a gradd). Os ydych chi'n cymryd Mathemateg Safon Uwch (neu gyfwerth), nid oes angen Mathemateg TGAU. Gellir derbyn Mathemateg Craidd hefyd yn lle TGAU Mathemateg.


Nid ydym yn derbyn Meddwl yn Feirniadol, Astudiaethau Cyffredinol, Astudiaethau Dinasyddiaeth na phynciau cyfatebol tebyg eraill.

Byddwn yn derbyn cyfuniad o bynciau BTEC, Safon Uwch a chymwysterau eraill, yn amodol ar ofynion gradd a phwnc penodol y cwrs. 

Nid yw'n ofynnol i chi gwblhau gwiriad DBS (Gwasanaeth Gwahardd Datgelu) na darparu Tystysgrif Ymddygiad Da i astudio'r cwrs hwn. Os ydych chi'n destun unrhyw amod trwydded neu gyfyngiad monitro ar hyn o bryd a allai effeithio ar eich gallu i gwblhau'ch astudiaethau yn llwyddiannus, bydd gofyn i chi ddatgelu'ch cofnod troseddol. Mae'r amodau'n cynnwys, ond heb fod yn gyfyngedig i:

  • mynediad at gyfrifiaduron neu ddyfeisiau sy'n gallu storio delweddau
  • defnyddio offer / dyfeisiau rhyngrwyd a chyfathrebu
  • cyrffyw
  • rhyddid i symud
  • cyswllt â phobl sy'n gysylltiedig â Phrifysgol Caerdydd.

Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2021/22)

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year. Fees for the previous year were £9,000.

Students from outside the EU (2021/22)

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year.

Additional costs

The fieldwork costs for your core modules are included but you will need to contribute towards food if it is provided during the trip. You will need to pay for any optional fieldwork modules. The cost of these trips will be capped at an amount determined by the school. Students facing financial hardship may be eligible to apply to the Cardiff Financial Assistance Programme for help with these costs.

Course specific equipment

You will need suitable clothing including warm weather, wind and storm-proof jackets and walking boots. The school will provide all health and safety equipment as well as specialised field equipment.

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

This is a four-year full-time course and you study for your Bachelors and Masters degree at the same time. The first three years are structured in the same way as the BSc course and then in year four you will complete your Masters qualification. 

In your first year you will study core modules and get a strong foundation in marine geography. In year two to four there are core and optional modules so you have some flexibility to choose to study the areas that you’re interested in. Both year three and four include a research dissertation.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.

Year one

In your first year you will study core modules designed to give you a strong foundation in marine geography. Topics include oceans, climate, earth processes and global environments.  You will develop essential geographical skills like map and chart work, GIS and basic geographical data analysis.

We will go on a residential field course to a coastal national park within Wales (either Pembrokeshire or Snowdonia) to learn key field skills including mapping and surveying.

All of the degrees in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences study the same first semester. After semester one you can decide whether you want to continue with your original choice or switch to one of the other degrees (e.g. Environment or Physical Geography).

You earn 120 credits for the year with each core module worth 20 credits.

Year two

In your second year you will build on the knowledge from year one and start exploring more advanced concepts like marine ecology, coastal processes and the ocean-atmosphere system. You will gain skills and experience in sampling, data collection and analysis ready for your dissertation in year three.

We will go on an overseas residential field course to a coastal location in Europe where you will develop your skills in environmental monitoring and surveying. In the past we’ve been to the Jersey and Malta.

In the summer between year two and three you will do five weeks of independent research to prepare for your dissertation in year three. In the past students have looked at issues like the disturbance of bottle nose dolphins, fish feeding habits on coral reefs and new marine surveying techniques (e.g. using drones and new technologies), as well as exploring the need for new legislation and policy for addressing topical issues including marine litter.

You earn 120 credits for the year. This is made up of 40 and 20 credit core modules and a choice of 20 credit optional modules.

Year three

In your third year you will have more freedom to shape your degree and choose modules that fit with your career ambitions. You will also develop essential professional skills and knowledge that all employers are looking for.

You earn 120 credits for the year. The core modules include your dissertation, and topics covering marine environments and offshore surveying. For your optional modules you can choose to do a further residential field course and study a range of specialist subjects like Extreme Environments or Global Climate Change.

Year four

Year four is when you study for your Masters. Your core modules include your dissertation (60 credits) and a fieldwork module. For your optional modules you can choose from topics like business and consultancy and advanced geographical modelling.

You can choose to do your Masters dissertation on any topic related to marine geography that we can supervise in the School. You can either choose from a list of potential projects circulated by the School or you can work with a supervisor to design a project in an area you’re particularly interested in.

You will work one-to-one with a research supervisor throughout the year and possibly with a wider group of research students and industry professionals. Some of our best Masters research projects have been published in the scientific literature.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Identification of zooplankton in water samples on Samos
Identification of zooplankton in water samples on the Greek island of Samos..

Learning and assessment

We are a friendly and informal school and you will be taught by world-leading experts involved in cutting-edge international research.

Our teaching approach is a mix of theory and practical and includes: lectures, laboratory work, fieldwork, tutorials, workshops and seminars. You will also be encouraged to learn independently and within groups throughout the course, developing a wide range of skills which will be essential for your future employment including project management and organisational skills as well as developing your competence in applying information technology and using state-of-the-art field techniques and equipment. 

How will I be supported?

Supervision

At the start of the course you will be allocated a personal tutor who you will meet with regularly for tutorials. Tutorials are fortnightly in the first year and then monthly in year two and three. Your personal tutor will be a specialist in your chosen degree course and can offer advice on academic and personal matters. In year three and four you will also be allocated a supervisor for your third-year dissertation and final year projects.

Facilities

We have a Learning Central website where you can access videos, images, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, links to further reading, electronic exercises and discussion circles. Where possible, lectures will be recorded so you can watch and study in your own time.

The Learning Central website also has a ‘Personal Development Planning’ module that supports you in regularly assessing your progress and meeting your development needs.

Support services

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, alongside excellent libraries and resource centres.

Diversity

We aim to create an inclusive, supportive and welcoming environment that respects the dignity of staff and students of all ages, ethnicities, disabilities, family structures, genders, nationalities, sexual orientations, races, religious or other beliefs, and socio-economic backgrounds. Read about our commitment to the Athena SWAN principles and our Bronze status (https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/earth-ocean-sciences/about-us/equality-diversity-and-inclusivity).

What skills will I practise and develop?

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme describe what you will be able to do as a result of your study at Cardiff University. They will help you to understand what is expected of you. 

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme can be found below:

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the entire Programme students will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A systematic and critical understanding of spatial and temporal processes relating to marine and coastal environments, and a broad comprehension of the inter-relationships between ocean, coastal and catchment systems
  • A broad and critical understanding of marine and coastal resources and associated global challenges, including approaches to the governance of these
  • A critical systematic understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of Marine Geography, including its content, methods and philosophy, and an associated critical awareness of the need for integration of knowledge from cognate sciences, including those related to ocean, atmospheric, physical and environmental sciences
  • Rigorous appreciation and application of the scientific process, including the design and testing of hypotheses, and the formulation of new concepts.
  • Formulation, design and use of appropriate laboratory, field, and/or computational methodologies relevant to a high level research project

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the entire Programme students will be able to demonstrate the following :

  • Debate, interpret and evaluate the causes, scales and impacts of contemporary and future marine environmental issues whilst critically applying relevant ideas, concepts and methods
  • Collect, collate, synthesise and critically evaluate a wide variety of data and information associated with marine and coastal environments, drawing from relevant approaches in cognate areas of environmental science
  • Critically evaluate current research on selected aspects of the marine environment, demonstrating an appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of associated scientific understanding
  • Work across disciplines to link knowledge and experience from allied sciences to critically understand the science related to the marine environment and to evaluate the relationship between marine environmental processes and society
  • The ability to solve complex scientific problems both creatively and independently
  • Model and interpret environmental geographical data to generate hypotheses that can be tested with additional data or observation.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the entire Programme students will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Critically analyse and interpret a range of different types of data related to the marine environment as part of research processes to investigate a range of topical marine environmental issues and theoretical concepts
  • Plan, design and execute research related to the marine and coastal environment, critically using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis in field, offshore, laboratory and desk-based studies
  • Critical application of methods used to acquire geospatial data and represent such data in appropriate cartographic and graphic formats using appropriate platforms, including GIS
  • Address research problems involving the integration and analysis of diverse and often incomplete and uncertain data using appropriate qualitative and quantitative methodologies and approaches
  • Demonstrate advanced practical skills and competence in information technology, geographical information systems, cartographic, statistical and other analytical techniques
  • Undertake effective project management and organisational skills through independent working and team work
  • Understand and the practical limitations, logistics, safety and ethical aspects of data gathering in marine and coastal environments, and apply this understanding, as appropriate to advanced, applied research
  • An ability to independently plan a complex project at the frontier of a research topic
  • Model complex numerical marine geographical data and draw appropriate conclusions from such modelling

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the entire Programme students will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • An ability to effectively communication of knowledge, ideas and arguments in a variety of formats using oral, written, and visual media to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • An ability to work competently individually or as part of a team in both problem-setting and problem-solving within a range of advanced, applied research environments where decision-making is complex and multi-disciplinary
  • An ability to undertake independent study and advanced personal scholarship, fostered through enhanced personal responsibility, initiative and self-learning experiences
  • A commitment to lifelong learning through engaging in the process of personal development planning and ownership of own learning
  • An ability in problem-solving as well as reliability, loyalty, social conduct, tact, attitude to learning and research, leadership, resilience, decision-making and reasoning
Marine Geography students carrying out survey work during field course in Jersey
Marine Geography students carrying out survey work during field course in Jersey..

Careers

Career prospects

Keeping our oceans healthy is critical to our future. The sea produces around half of all the oxygen we breathe and absorbs half of all man-made carbon dioxide. The skills and knowledge of marine geographers are needed to tackle current and future marine challenges to make sure that important habitats and wildlife are protected and that maritime industries like fishing, tourism, shipping and renewable energy are developed sustainably.

You can choose to work in a variety of different industries and roles including conservation and marine management, as an environmental consultant or marine geospatial analyst. You will also have many skills that other sectors like insurance, finance, education and planning are looking for.

Your advanced research skills, innovation and initiative from your Masters will be invaluable to employers in academia, government and industry. Many senior positions in marine geography related careers ask for a minimum of a Masters level qualification.

Our past students now work for a wide range of employers both in the UK and further afield. Recent employers include the Hydrographic Office, Titan Environmental Surveys, the Environment Agency, in the port sector and marine conservation organisations around the world.

In 2016-17, 92% of the School's graduates who were available for work said they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Graduate careers

  • Hydrographic Surveyor
  • Marine Conservation Officer
  • Marine Environmental Consultant
  • Oceanographic Surveyor

Fieldwork

Explore the oceans and coastal environments on land-based fieldwork, as well as completing sea-time training on the Guiding Light research vessel in order to gain essential boat skills. From local fieldwork visiting locations such as the Severn Estuary and the South Wales coast, to overseas field courses to locations such as Jersey, Malta and Greece.

Marine Geography students in Greece
Marine Geography students studying marine ecology on their field course to Greece.

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