Never far from the headlines, disasters like tsunami, earthquakes, drought and flooding carry a huge environmental and human cost. This dynamic new degree brings together the study of Geography and Environmental Hazards to equip you with skills and knowledge which will set you apart in an increasingly important field.
- Prepare for a rewarding career in managing and mitigating the effects of natural and human-made disasters
- Geography at Derby is joint fifth in the UK for careers after six months of graduating, Guardian University Guide 2020
- Look at environmental hazards from the perspective of both physical and human geography
- Gain an in-depth understanding of the processes that cause disasters as well as their impact on human health and livelihoods
- Combine latest theories, practical work and field studies on a degree underpinned by applied real word learning
- Investigate active hazards on fascinating fieldtrips: in the past our students have conducted fieldwork as far afield as the USA and Crete
- Study in a prime location for exploring geographical, earth and environmental sciences amid some of the most outstanding landscapes of the British Isles
- Learn from enthusiastic and dedicated staff who have an international profile for research into environmental and climate change
This innovative degree has been introduced at a time when a greater understanding of environmental hazards is critical to our collective global future.
Build a powerful combination of skills
With a strong practical focus, our BSc (Hons) Geography and Environmental Hazards aims to develop a new generation of highly skilled, forward-thinking geography specialists. It offers a distinctive and compelling combination, bringing together physical, human and development geography with an in-depth study of the impact of natural and human-made hazards.
You will consider crucial questions and debates surrounding issues such as the growth of our global population, the rising number of communities living in increasingly hazardous locations worldwide, the severe effects of climate change and the ongoing exploitation of our planet's natural resources.
We also reflect on the official policies designed to address the social, economic, cultural and political impacts of environmental hazards. This is a highly topical area of study: recent developments have included the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the UK government's coastal protection flood risk management plans.
The scope of this course reaches from the local to the global, so you will look at everything from flood management in Derbyshire to climate change on an international scale.
An emphasis on hands-on learning
We specialise in real-world learning, providing you with plenty of opportunities to translate theory into practice and see how reality might differ from the textbooks.
Many of the modules on the BSc (Hons) Geography and Environmental Hazards feature training in technical, practical and fieldwork skills. Field-based study is integrated across all years of the course and you will become familiar with innovative techniques in areas like spatial analysis.
Broaden your horizons with fieldwork
Vital for your career development, fieldwork is at the heart of this course and we offer a range of opportunities* which may include overseas study tours. Locally, you could find yourself taking regular trips to investigate the physical, cultural and human features of the area. This may include looking at energy management on industrial sites, exploring nature reserves and sites of special scientific interest, considering how people have exploited the River Trent as a resource down the centuries, and assessing the risks posed to local communities by flooding.
Further afield, you could have the chance to visit areas of active natural hazards such as volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, floods and drought. In the past, our students have investigated the impact of extreme floods, sea-level change and coastal mass movements in Crete. They have also visited North West USA to examine the range and scale of geological hazards and their impact on human society.
One of our most illuminating study tours has seen students head to the Pacific Northwest of America to conduct a series of fieldwork-based case studies exploring earth-surface hazards, their effects on people and their management. Highlights included visiting the sites of the 1980 Mount St Helens eruption and earthquake-prone areas of downtown Seattle.
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*Please note that our programme of fieldwork is subject to change.
A first-rate learning environment
You'll have every opportunity to develop your practical skills in realistic environments. Our facilities include a spatial data laboratory which houses one of the best map collections of any UK university. We also subscribe to the DigiMap Service so you will have full access to the digital databases of the British Geological Survey and the Ordnance Survey.
We have invested in purpose-built geotechnical and specialist computing laboratories. In addition, we provide a student research laboratory which gives you a dedicated space for conducting your independent investigations seven days a week.
Throughout, you'll gain experience with specialist equipment such as GPS, total stations, soil augers and field spectrometers.
Join a vibrant scientific community
Cutting-edge research underpins every aspect of our teaching to keep you up to date with the latest thinking. Our lecturers include respected authors and experienced consultants who regularly work with local and international partners. They are enthusiastic, supportive and dedicated to your academic and career progress.
Current research projects embrace subjects such as volcanology, glaciology, climate change, coastal change and sustainable agriculture. Our staff have been investigating everything from rising sea levels in Ghana to paleoclimatic reconstruction in Greece.
Practitioners from a wide range of fields relating to geography and environmental hazards deliver regular guest lectures. They will share their own career experiences with you and give you insights into current developments within the profession.