Geography seeks to understand where things are found, why they are there, and how they develop and change over time. Physical geographers explore the climate, natural landscapes and surface processes of the Earth, from glaciation to desertification.
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.
Facilities and location
Our SchoolLocated in Main Building
Let our students show you around our building and facilities in an online tour of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences on YouTube.
Large lecture theatreLocated in Main Building
The Shandon Lecture Theatre is one of our large lecture theatres where you may have some of your first-year lectures.
Small lecture theatreLocated in Main Building
The Wallace Lecture Theatre is one of our smaller lecture theatres where you may have some of your second and third-year lectures.
Science LibraryLocated in Main Building
The library contains collections on biosciences, chemistry, Earth and environmental sciences, as well as facilities to support you with your studies.
LaboratoryLocated in Main Building
This is a typical laboratory where geography students might complete activities such as mapping sessions.
RV Guiding Light
Our coastal research vessel enables some of our geography students to understand marine issues better, from sea level rise through to coastal erosion and management.
A taste of studying geography
Watch our taster lecture or sign up for our free online short course to get a taste of our approach to teaching, as well as some of the exciting topics you might study.
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.
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.
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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.