On this MGeog Geography course, you’ll explore how the environment affects society, the economy and culture, and in turn, how we adapt and transform that environment. Our Geography course emphasises issues that shape people and places in a global society. You’ll investigate critical issues that are challenging the 21st century, from the local to global scale. By focusing on current issues and recognising the links between human and physical geography, you’ll gain a range of skills needed to interpret and analyse the relationship between human and non-human environments, and howto sustain their delicate balance.
The specialised fourth year of the MGeog Geography programme provides a research led experience through innovative, small-group teaching. There is an emphasis on employability, with modules including participatory research methods, project management, and work-based learning. This Geography degree has been designed for students who enjoy the different traditions in geography. It incorporates major elements of physical and human geography, and some geographical information systems (GIS). Follow us on Twitter.
You can design your Geography degree around human or physical geography or focus on both elements, depending on your interests. Each year you will explore a diversity of critical issues challenging 21st century societies, environments and cultures, from local to global scales. You will also build your knowledge and skills through structured pathways of study which elevates the student learning experience and graduate employability to a significantly higher level through the opportunity for extended work placements, opportunities to work on real projects and Project Management.
The MGeog Geography course is taught through a mixture of lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials, practical coursework sessions, computer studies and practical laboratory work. The number of hours of formal teaching will vary depending on your module choice and year of study. Fieldwork, both day and residential also provides the ideal opportunity for building your transferable skills. Hands-on training in bespoke GIS and remote sensing labs further develop your practical skills. This variety of learning and teaching methods will provide you with a wide range of learning opportunities and a superb set of experiences.
We run a lecture series during the year that is endorsed by the Royal Geographical Society. Speakers range from academics presenting cutting-edge research, to industry professionals exploring applied research topics.
You will be assessed using a range of approaches depending on your module choice and year of study which could include laboratory and field reports of your own work, essays, oral presentations, course work, field notebooks and examinations.
The MGeog Geography course has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) – the UK’s learned society and professional body for geography and geographers.
The University’s location for fieldwork is second to none. Cardiff, Wales’s
capital city, the Brecon Beacons National Park, and the Glamorgan
Heritage Coast are all nearby and provide a natural laboratory for study.
We offer a rich and diverse international portfolio of fieldwork too. You
could study volcanic activity and environmental hazards in Sicily, or
transect New York’s Central Park. If that’s not enough, you could
discover conservation strategy on safari in east Africa, map geological
features in Brittany, or consider deep earth processes in Iceland. Learning in and through these diverse locations will provide unforgettable experiences and essential skills.
Field courses and the opportunity for residential fieldwork ensure a rich experiential degree. Previous fieldwork locations have included Sicily, Malta, New York, Hong Kong and Uganda.
All residential field courses are optional but carry an additional cost, although staff work hard to keep those costs to a minimum. Students may be required to pay for inoculations and visas for travel to some of the countries visited on these field trips.
As well as making use of the great outdoors, students on our Geography degree work in modern laboratories and classrooms. Our new George Knox laboratories are part of a £15m investment in science for the University, meaning you will be taught in new and well-equipped spaces. These join the Grade II listed Alfred Russel Wallace building, which is also used for teaching. Our students use a variety of fully equipped geographical information systems (GIS), media editing and IT laboratories, each carrying industry-standard research and specialist software.
Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.
BBC to include a Science such as Geography or Mathematics but to exclude General Studies
Grade C and BB at A Level to include a Science such as Geography or Mathematics but to exclude General Studies
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit in a relevant Science subject
30 points to include 16 points at Higher Level to include Higher Level Geography grade 6 or Mathematics grade 6.
Maths, Science or Engineering Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits equating to 18 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 3 Passes
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment) *||£50 - £180||
Field work requires rugged walking boots/shoes and waterproof and thermal clothing.
|Field Trips *||£50 - £75||
Field trips in the UK will be paid for by the University. Students will be expected to provide food.
A PRINCE2 foundation course and training materials costs are also included within the normal tuition fees for the MGeog in Year 4. Please note that students who successfuly secure a placement in industry or abroad to complete their projects would be expected to pay for their own travelling costs to and from the venue during the period of placement. The cost of this will of course vary and some students have also paid for accomodation close to their place of work for the duration of their placement. Students are provided with reading lists but are not expected to buy any books, instead students are actively encouraged to make use of the extensive learning resources of the University. Many books are available as ebooks. The course uses the many computing facilities of the Glyntaff campus (students are not expected to buy their own computer but having a personal PC will help with their studies)
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
The MGeog Geography degree will give you the edge over other geography graduates, enhancing your knowledge, skills and experience. As an experiential course it offers a truly transformative programme of study, particularly as geographers are ideally equipped to understand the world about them, their interaction with it and consider its future sustainability. This insight ensures that as a geography graduate you are highly employable in a wide range of professions.
Many graduates of this Geography course have developed careers in local authorities, environmental consultancies, the Environment Agency/Natural Resources Wales, the construction industry, the service sector, or the Civil Service. Other career opportunities for our graduates include contaminated land reclamation, waste disposal and recycling. You can find career opportunities in environment agencies and consultancies, town and country planning, public administration, retail management, utility companies, teaching or further study. The choice is yours..
As a USW Geography student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.