BSc (Hons) Physical Geography

  • 100% of our graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months (DLHE 2016/17)
  • All first and second year residential field trip costs are included in your tuition fees.
  • Accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

About the course

This course follows a similar path to our geography degree, but after the First Year focuses more on the processes and landforms of the natural environment whilst also looking at human impacts on these. Fieldwork learning, and practical application are at the heart of this course, and you'll develop skills using our own field station, specialist laboratories and geographical information analysis facilities. You will go on two fully-funded field trips in the UK and Switzerland to learn more about the challenges of living in mountainous environments and climate change. Specialist modules include earth surface processes and landforms, quaternary environmental change, glaciology, and natural hazards and disaster reduction. Areas of optional study include conservation and food supplies, environmental problem solving, leisure and tourism, and digital information and location intelligence. Depending on how your interests evolve, you'll have a chance to switch between the different geography courses.

Why choose this course?

  • No additional charges for compulsory UK and overseas residential field courses in Year 1 and Year 2
  • Outstanding employability levels after graduation
  • High student satisfaction, a vibrant student society and a strong staff-student community
  • Regular opportunities for students to assist staff with field research and to undertake fieldwork in pursuit of final year dissertations in locations that have included Iceland, Switzerland and the High Arctic
  • Excellent work placement and study abroad opportunities and strong links with local and national employers

You can find out more about our staff in Geography, Environment and Agriculture here.

How will I study?

You will develop your capacity for independent study and interpersonal skills on this programme. There is an emphasis on structured research, well-prepared written and verbal presentations and computer literacy.

You will experience a wide variety of teaching styles on the programme including:

  • standard lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratories
  • case studies
  • individual and group projects

Modules include a mixture of lectures, workshops, practicals, seminars, and fieldwork visits. In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to hone your independent study and interpersonal skills by undertaking a major project or dissertation.

Each student is allocated a Personal Tutor who is a general academic mentor and first port of call if you have academic or personal matters which you need to discuss. Your Tutor will also give personal, one-on-one and small group academic support.

Professional Accreditations

This programme has received accreditation from the Royal Geographical Society and has therefore been independently checked to ensure that the knowledge, skills and other attributes expected of high quality geography graduates are being delivered.


Geography graduates are highly sought after in a wide range of professions.

Our graduates have found successful careers in a variety of sectors including:

  • Environmental consultancy
  • Local government
  • The water industry
  • Recreational and habitat management organisations
  • Teaching
  • Broader graduate recruitment schemes
  • Postgraduate study

Graduates may like to consider further study for example on the University of Hertfordshire's MSc courses in Environmental Management

What job can I get?

Our graduates are highly sought after in a wide range of professions within local government, town and country planning, recreational and habitat management, environmental resources management, teaching and environmental consultancies. Our graduates also join more general graduate recruitment schemes and go on to postgraduate study.