A degree in Geography and Social Policy allows students to explore many of the fundamental issues facing contemporary western societies. Geography provides students with an appreciation of the spatiality of societal processes, urban, social and economic challenges, and the influence of the physical environment in shaping this geography. Social Policy involves studying people's wellbeing and welfare, and investigates the leading social issues and problems of the day, especially in areas such as health, housing, community, gender, family, child and youth wellbeing, and the issues raised by the ageing of our populations. Studying Geography and Social Policy offers students a range of highly complementary theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches to understanding and addressing the changes, challenges and needs facing society today.
* This course will not be available from 2018/2019
- We are in the UK TOP 10 for graduate prospects [Complete University Guide 2016]
- 94.6% in graduate employment or further study six months after leaving University [HESA data 2014/15]
- 73% for overall satisfaction [National Student Survey 2017]
- 12th in the UK overall for Geology [Complete University Guide 2017]
- Geography at Swansea is in the UK TOP TEN for research impact [Research Excellent Framework 2014]
- £4.2m investment in state-of-the art Science laboratories
- Year in Industry programmes available
- Top University in Wales [Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2017]
- International fieldwork and study opportunities
- Swansea have been successfully training Geography graduates since the 1930s. We are one of the most well established Geography departments in the UK and, with over 30 academic staff, we are amongst the largest
- World-class researchers who are committed to teaching and learning
- Campus setting in Wales' vibrant Waterfront City with great beaches and mountain scenery on the doorstep
- Flexible degree programmes tailored to your interest
- Fieldwork is an important part of our teaching on the BSc Geography and Social Policy course, including an overseas field course in level two as well as fieldwork closer to home at all levels.
- Swansea have been successfully training Geography graduates since the 1930s. We are one of the most well established Geography departments in the UK and, with over 30 academic staff, we are amongst the largest.
- Our well established reputation is noted by our excellent ratings for teaching, student experience and research.
- Our department is now the largest within the University's College of Science. We take in more than 150 students each year and over 60 postgraduate students are studying for PhD research degrees and taking our MSc course in Environmental Dynamics and MA course in Human Geography.
- We offer a lively, friendly and thriving environment in which to pursue a Geography degree.
- we offer numerous activities for work experience and internships and a dedicated programme of activities designed to enhance your employability.
- We offer a wide range of 3-year single an joint honours schemes and four year schemes with a year abroad.
- We also offer a unique Integrated four year BSc Degree Scheme in Geography. This scheme combines a Foundation year followed by the standard 3-year BSc Geography programme. The integrated scheme targets the achievement of better degree results and enhanced employability, for students who do not have the necessary qualifications to enter the 3-year programmes directly, through rigorous training in the numerical and transferable skills required to complete a geography degree.
Many students choose Geography because of the scope it provides for studying a wide range of current themes and issues, the important insights it offers for understanding our contemporary world, and the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice through fieldwork. However, what many students do not realise before coming to university is that a Geography degree also offers a broad range of employment opportunities, allowing graduates to pursue a flexible and varied career path.
Every year we survey our recent graduates to ascertain their employment status. The data is more commonly known as the Graduate Destinations Survey and is reported to HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Authority). Here are some examples of job titles from the recent survey:
- Multi Site Supervisor (Phase Eight)
- Data Analyst (PHS Group)
- Account Manager Support (Handelsbanken)
- Geographical Data Processor (Western Power Distribution)
- Catchment Scientist (Welsh Water)
- Ecologist (Natural England)
- Associate Financial Consultant (HSO)
- Marketing Traffic Executive (Bluefrog Ltd)
- Negotiator (Goadsby)
- Housing Officer (Cardiff County Council)
- Lead Specialist (Reuters)
- Surveyor (St Modwen)
- Business Development Executive (Jutexpo)
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