Physical Geography (BSc (Hons))

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

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About Physical Geography at Newcastle University

Course Overview

You will develop a deep understanding of the processes that shape our planet and how they impact on human activities.

At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BSc Honours

Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB
IB: 32 points

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This degree gives you the opportunity to focus on physical geography from the very start of the course.

You explore some of the key environmental issues facing our world today, as well as learning Earth science concepts and techniques, with an emphasis on how landscapes evolve.

You will become skilled in an array of techniques for investigating and measuring the natural environment and develop laboratory and GIS skills.

You'll also enjoy fieldwork in both the UK and abroad, with field visits ranging from nearby Northumberland to Iceland, the American Southwest, Ireland and Morocco. 

Highlights of this degree

Quality and ranking

Quality and ranking


Geography at Newcastle is highly regarded. We rank in the top 10 universities in the UK in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016. 


We also rank 10th overall in the UK for research (Research Excellence Framework 2014) and 42nd in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.

Physical Geography at Newcastle achieved a 97% overall student satisfaction score, ranking us 4th in the UK in the 2016 National Student Survey.



Fieldwork is important throughout this degree. You will take part in:

  • an eight-day residential trip to put your technical skills into practice at the end of Stage 1
  • a field trip in Stage 2, examining landscapes in Ireland or the American Southwest
  • a residential field course in the UK in Stage 3

The North East provides an ideal environment in which to study physical geography and you'll take regular day trips to explore:

  • coasts and mountains
  • rivers and moorland
  • landscapes displaying a rich record of their evolution over lengthy timescales

We are also only an hour from the Lake District, the Scottish Borders and the North York Moors, expanding the superb landscapes we engage with as part of your degree.

Study abroad

Study abroad

UK and EU students have the chance to broaden their academic experience by taking part in a study abroad exchange through the Erasmus scheme. You can study abroad in a European country for between three and nine months.

We have partner institutions throughout Europe (some of which teach in English). Our recent exchange students have studied in:

  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Sweden

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

We use practical surveying classes, complemented by laboratory work, computer-based scientific analysis, and development of models and theories, to deliver a

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  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will study find outHow long you will study3 years
    Course starts find outDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB
IB: 32 points

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