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Why study with us

Physical geography is one of the two major branches of geography, together with human geography. Physical geographers explore the landscapes, climate and the dynamic physical processes that shape the Earth's surface. Our environmental and marine geography courses are a blend of physical and human geography. Marine geographers explore the global challenges facing our oceans and investigate the relationship between society and the sea. Environmental geographers study the effect humans are having on our planet and how we can move towards more sustainable futures.

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Placement options

We offer year-long placement and study abroad opportunities on the majority of our courses.

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Skills society needs

Climate change, pollution, land degradation and natural hazards are at the forefront of many global challenges, creating an ever-increasing demand for geographical skills.

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Fieldwork opportunities

We take regular field trips in the UK and overseas to help you develop strong fieldwork skills.

Field trips teach you new techniques you will use throughout your degree and give you an overview of the course. They are also a great opportunity to meet new people. When you are dropped off on one of your first trips, you can’t help but make friends. Whilst all my flatmates were sat in lectures day after day, I was out exploring Cardiff and the surrounding area.
Philippa Smith, BSc Environmental Geography

Courses

Entry year

Environmental Geography (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Environmental geographers use their scientific understanding of the natural and physical environment to find solutions to crucial environmental issues.

Environmental Geography (MSci)

Full time, 4 years

Discover how to analyse and solve wide-ranging environmental problems with a focus on learning how to conduct research.

Environmental Geography with a Year of Study Abroad (BSc)

Full time with year abroad, 4 years

Environmental geographers use their scientific understanding of the natural and physical environment to find solutions to crucial environmental issues.

Marine Geography (MSci)

Full time, 4 years

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

Marine Geography (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Our marine geography degree covers a broad range of marine and coast-related subjects from climate change, meteorology and oceanography, through to ocean exploitation and sustainability.

Marine Geography with a Year of Study Abroad (BSc)

Full time with year abroad, 4 years

Our marine geography degree covers a broad range of marine and coast-related subjects from climate change, meteorology and oceanography, through to ocean exploitation and sustainability.

Physical Geography (MSci)

Full time, 4 years

On this four-year degree programme, you will work on an independent research project of your choice, developing the skills needed for an academic or consulting career.

Physical Geography (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Physical geographers explore the evolution of Earth's surface, the science behind its physical processes and the impacts and influences surrounding them, including glacial environments, natural hazards and climate change.

Physical Geography with a Year of Study Abroad (BSc)

Full time with year abroad, 4 years

Physical geographers explore the evolution of Earth's surface, the science behind its physical processes and the impacts and influences surrounding them, including glacial environments, natural hazards and climate change.

Facilities and location

Our talks

Dr Jenny Pike, Deputy Head of School, explains our broad subject areas and gives you a flavour of the degree programmes we offer.

Our School and subject areas

Dr Jenny Pike, Deputy Head of School, explains our broad subject areas and gives you a flavour of the degree programmes we offer.

Dr Jenny Pike describes the structure of our degree programmes including our teaching methods, contact hours and our wide module selection.

Our degree programmes

Dr Jenny Pike describes the structure of our degree programmes including our teaching methods, contact hours and our wide module selection.

Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Dr Andrew Kerr, provides general guidance on entry requirements. Specific course entry requirements can be found on the course pages.

Entry requirements 2021/22

Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Dr Andrew Kerr, provides general guidance on entry requirements. Specific course entry requirements can be found on the course pages.

Fieldwork

Geography is a hands-on and practical subject that is best experienced out in the field. Seeing something for yourself brings theory to life, whether it is imaging the seabed with sonar or measuring how the landscape has changed over time. We offer our students a fun fusion of lectures, seminars, laboratory and fieldwork. Our students complete local fieldwork in South Wales and around the UK, as well as residential field trips in locations across Europe.

Discover the field trip destinations we have visited in the past.

Fieldwork for geographers

Dr Rhoda Ballinger explores the field trip opportunities available to students studying one of our geography degrees.

I work as a Coastal Process Scientist monitoring the coast as part of the Southeast Strategic Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme. We undertake topographic beach surveys and nearshore hydrographic surveys. The data are processed and used by a wide variety of stakeholders. I am responsible for planning, undertaking and analysing beach surveys within the East Solent area. The wide variety of modules I covered at Cardiff, as well as the use of different software and the practical fieldwork aspect, helped me to secure a job I love.
Emma Evans, MSci Marine Geography 2014

Careers

There are many careers available to Earth and environmental scientists, and if you decide to change your career path, the skills that you learn in your degree will still be useful in a wide range of unrelated areas. 95% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities such as travelling 15 months after the end of their course (HESA data). Read stories from our recent graduates.

Graduate career opportunities

Dr Andrew Kerr reviews some of the possible careers that can be pursued after studying with us, including case examples from former students.

Explore Cardiff University

Your campus experience for 2021/22

ince the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we've worked hard to ensure students have a safe and enjoyable time with us. Find out what we've been doing and what you might expect when you join us.

Guaranteed accommodation

If you arrive in September, you're guaranteed a single occupancy room, and you'll be allocated with other first-year students.

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Student life

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Other subjects you may be interested in

Earth and environmental sciences

Learn to preserve our planet for generations to come. Whether you choose to study geography, geology or environmental sustainability science, you will gain scientific knowledge and skills to impact key environmental developments and decisions.

Geography (Human) and Planning

Passionate about tackling global social, political, economic and development challenges to improve where and how we live? Our Human Geography and Planning programmes are the choice for you.


HESA data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18, published by HESA in June 2020.