Physical Earth Science (BSc (Hons))

Swansea University the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9000 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 16800 per year

All study options

About Physical Earth Science at Swansea University

Course Overview

The BSc Physical Earth Science degree scheme at Swansea combines physical geography with aspects of geology. The BSc Physical Earth Science course will give you the opportunity to investigate the physical processes that shape our planet and the changes that have affected environments over hundreds of millions of years. The course covers a range of themes of exciting including Understanding and Living with Natural Hazards, Glacial Environments and Processes and Reconstructing Quaternary Environmental Change.

Key features

With a recent investment of £4.2m in state-of-the-art science laboratories, there are many good reasons to study a Geography degree at Swansea University. We are proud to have consistently high student satisfaction scores, (93% in the National Student Survey, 2017) with 94.6% of our graduates in employment or further study after leaving University (HESA data, 2014/15). The Geography Department has also been recognised for it's excellence in Geology (12th in the UK overall, Complete University Guide 2017), Geography and Earth Science (Global Rankings of Academic Subjects, 2017) and for it's research excellence, rated 8th in the UK for Research Impact (REF 2014). 

By joining Swansea Geography, you will also have access to the expertise of many internationally-renowned academics:

Professor Tavi Murray: first woman to be awarded Polar Medal by HM Queen for outstanding service to polar research
Professor Adrian Luckman: global media coverage for his climate change research into the collapse of the Larsen C ice shelf
Professor Peter North: international coverage of his work with NASA into the 'greening-up' of the Amazon forest
Professor Siwan Davies: work focuses on establishing why climate has changed dramatically and abruptly in the past 100,000 years through the investigation of volcanic ash deposits trapped in ice sheets

Course description

The BSc Physical Earth Science degree from Swansea University will provide you with an understanding of the human world, the natural environment, and interactions between them and equip you with the practical, numerical and computational skills that are valued by many employers.

A BSc Physical Earth Science degree will develop your essential transferable skills, such as team working, communication, presentation, problem solving, and analytical skills and prepare you for a rewarding career in a wide range of areas, including:

  • environmental management
  • conservation
  • aid and development agencies
  • local authorities, education
  • computing
  • regional and resource planning and insurance risk assessment
  • prepare you for postgraduate study in Geography or Earth science

Career prospects

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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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 16800 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £16,800

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Entry requirements

For 2017 entry onwards:

A levels: grades AAB-BBB or equivalent  to include Geography or a related subject (for example, Sociology or World Development; Geology or Environmental Science; or an additional Science subject)

BTEC: DDD-DDM plus A level  grade B in Geography or a related subject

Scottish Highers: ABBBC to include Grade B in Geography (or a related subject)

Access to HE (Science or Humanities): Pass with Distinction (27-24 Dist to include 3 in Geography or an appropriate subject, plus 15 Merits)

Welsh Baccalaureate: Requirements are as for A levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade

IB: 34-32 to include 5 in Higher Level Geography

IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English test

All applications will be considered on an individual basis, and we will look at the whole application when deciding whether to make an offer of a place, including: the balance, nature and quality of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent); personal statement and referee's comments.

General Studies and Key Skills qualifications are normally excluded from our offers.

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