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BSc (Hons) Geoenvironmental Hazards

Discover how to analyse, mitigate and manage natural and environmental hazards as you equip yourself with a wide range of laboratory and practical skills and travel to a variety of fieldwork destinations in the UK and abroad.

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      UCAS Code: FF77
      Course Length: 3 Years Full-Time, 6 Years Part-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, September 2023
      Subjects: Geography and Geology
      Location: Edge Hill University
      Example Offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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      Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes and tsunamis are some of the most significant natural hazards facing society, while other environmental challenges such as flooding, landslides, contaminated land and polluted water often arise from human impact on the earth’s surface and resources. Furthermore, climate change is increasing the frequency and magnitude of many environmental hazards and disasters. This degree will provide you with a scientific understanding of the causes and effects of geoenvironmental hazards, as well as the skills to analyse, evaluate and monitor hazards and to predict, mitigate and manage their impact and future effects, engaging in a variety of fieldwork projects in the UK and abroad. The programme provides a wealth of transferable skills, enhanced with tailored careers and employability activities across each of the three years, to help you find the career of your choice.

      This degree is also available as a 4-year programme with an integrated foundation year.

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      What will I study?

      In Year 1 you will be introduced to the main components of the physical environment through natural and geological hazards, geographical and environmental science, and geological science and develop a range of subject-specific skills, key skills and fieldwork techniques. At least one period of residential fieldwork will also form part of your first year.

      During Year 2 you will explore the main characteristics of natural and environmental hazards, vulnerability, disaster management and risk-reduction, alongside deepening your knowledge of the physical environment. You will also enhance and further develop expertise in the use of geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing, while increasing your research skills through laboratory work and local and overseas fieldwork.

      In Year 3 you will further explore approaches to disaster recovery, advance your technical skills in the application of GIS technologies, and complete an independent research project (dissertation) on a topic of your choice. A range of optional modules enable you to gain specialist knowledge on topics such as natural hazards, hydrology and flood management, environmental change, sensitivity of wetlands to climate change, landscape ecology, and the application of spatial analyses in land use planning and environmental assessment, monitoring and conservation.

      How will I study?

      Teaching is through fieldwork, laboratory and practical activities, lectures, tutorials, dissertation supervision, and directed independent learning. We place an emphasis on strengthening the employability potential of our graduates through the acquisition of a range of subject-specific, key and career management skills, as well as the development of knowledge and understanding.

      Fieldwork, in the UK and abroad, is one of the most beneficial and enjoyable aspects of this degree.

      How will I be assessed?

      Methods of assessment display your knowledge and understanding and develop and demonstrate your competence in subject-specific and key skills. All modules are assessed by either coursework only or a mixture of coursework and examination. Coursework typically includes practical portfolios, essays, project reports, field notebooks, individual and group oral presentations and poster presentations.

      Who will be teaching me?

      We have experienced and knowledgeable staff who take pride in the quality of their teaching. All staff are research active which means that they keep up-to-date with the latest developments in their areas of interest and pass this knowledge on. We are not a large department so you won’t get lost in the crowd.


      The Department of Geography and Geology’s modern and wide-ranging facilities combine with a friendly and supportive learning environment to ensure that your studies are a rich and rewarding experience.

      The Geosciences building features a large lecture theatre, small group teaching rooms, physical geography and environmental science laboratories, a geology laboratory, a geo-engineering laboratory, geo-information laboratories and a large social area.


      Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

      Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.


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      Year 1

      Compulsory modules:

      GEO1055Contemporary Geographical Research (20 credits)

      Contemporary Geographical Research introduces you to geographical research, enabling you to identify and use geographical information in appropriate and effective ways. The module will develop a number of subject-specific skills including geographical research methodologies, map and cartographical skills, statistical analysis and fieldwork, from note-taking and sketching to risk assessments and specific geographical techniques. You will discover how to select and apply appropriate statistical tests for the analysis of geographical and environmental data and be guided in recording, analysing and interpreting such data and drawing considered and precise conclusions.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO1054Contemporary Geographical Skills (20 credits)

      Contemporary Geographical Skills is a skills-based module that uses geographical knowledge to develop a range of subject-specific skills together with key transferable skills in ICT and communication. The module focuses on the handling, analysis and communication of spatial and graphical data. Core elements of contemporary geographical and environmental practice are the ability to handle, analyse and communicate spatial and graphical data. You will be introduced to the principles, uses and practical skills of geographical information systems (GIS), digital cartography and graphical software packages. You will also begin to develop a personal development portfolio.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO1050Dynamic Earth (20 credits)

      Dynamic Earth provides a broad overview of, and introduction to, the science of geology. The module will describe the Earth as a dynamic system, and explain how that system has operated throughout the history of the planet. It will introduce the formation of the Earth, the concept of geological time, and the major processes operating on Earth, from plate tectonics to ocean circulation, evolution and geochemical cycles.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

      GEO1051Geological Hazards (20 credits)

      Geological Hazards introduces you to the scientific theory for different kinds of geological hazards including earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides and soil erosion. The module equips you with an understanding of the primary and secondary impacts (both negative and positive) of different geological hazards on the environment and society.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO1049Introduction to Natural Hazards (20 credits)

      Introduction to Natural Hazards covers the scientific theory for different kinds of natural hazards. These include geological/geophysical hazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes, meteorological hazards such as hurricanes, geomorphological hazards such as mass movements, climatic hazards including floods, drought and wildfires, and environmental hazards such as disease. The module equips you with an understanding of the primary and secondary impacts, both negative and positive, of different natural hazards on the environment and society.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO1140Science of the Physical Environment (20 credits)

      Science of the Physical Environment provides an introduction to the nature, structure and composition of the physical environment and the processes and interactions that operate within and between the various components. An understanding of our physical environment is fundamental to environmental science.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

      Year 2

      Compulsory modules:

      GEO2080Digital Geographies (20 credits)

      Digital Geographies develops your knowledge and skills in remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) which are widely used in a variety of fields including planning, health studies, environmental investigations and resource management. The module focuses on remote sensing analysis and interpretation of aerial and satellite imagery, which has transformed the manner in which geographers and geoscientists view the Earth. You will explore how remote sensing and GIS have greatly improved our understanding of atmospheric, oceanic and landform processes, helped to sustain environmental management and enabled a better understanding of the interaction of humans with the natural world. The module also extensively covers the use of Geographical Information Systems as one of the most important tool to process and analyse geographical data.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO2142Environmental Pollution (20 credits)

      Environmental Pollution focuses on the origins, pathways and consequences of anthropogenic pollutants in the environment as well as discussing the various approaches to pollution control and remediation. The module will provide you with a detailed understanding of the actual or possible effects that humans may have on environmental systems, over a variety of scales in time and space.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

      GEO2083Field-Based Investigation of Natural Hazards (20 credits)

      Field-Based Investigation of Natural Hazards focuses on applying theory to a series of field-based problems in a European context. The module provides an integrated geoscientific case study, incorporating geological history, hazard assessment, risk and vulnerability evaluation, and evaluation of existing disaster management strategies. You will study the products of past volcanic activity, with a view to assessing the risk to future hazard events and developing disaster risk reduction strategies for given hazard scenarios.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO2247Geographies of Vulnerability, Risk and Hazard (20 credits)

      Geographies of Vulnerability, Risk and Hazard introduces the concepts and approaches used in disaster management including prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. The module also provides knowledge and understanding of the theories and practices involved in disaster risk reduction including vulnerability assessment and reduction, mitigation, risk assessment, analysis and emergency planning. The module will include the study of case studies and scenarios and will consider the differences and similarities between disaster management approaches in developed and developing countries.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

      GEO2071Research Methods for Physical Geography and Environmental Science (20 credits)

      Research Methods for Physical Geography and Environmental Science uses investigative research processes to enhance and develop your knowledge and understanding of essential research methods in physical geographical and environmental science.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You will select one of the following optional modules:

      GEO2075Geomorphology (20 credits)

      Geomorphology introduces you to the study of geomorphological processes and the landforms they produce in a range of earth surface environments. The module will outline important concepts for understanding the relationships between processes and landforms. You will study the linkages between landforms and processes in a selection of earth surface environments such as coastal, fluvial, desert and glacial. You will also be introduced to the identification of landforms and the observation of processes through work in the field and laboratory.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

      GEO2077Weather, Climate and Soils (20 credits)

      Weather, Climate and Soils provides you with a detailed understanding of the climate system and the soil system. The module covers a range of atmospheric processes through to the development of weather systems, with a specific focus on mid-latitude weather. The varying nature and properties of soils, and the soil processes which give rise to soil formation and development are then considered. You will receive practical training in the analysis and interpretation of meteorological data as well as being guided in the methods used in the field and laboratory analysis of soils.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Year 3

      Compulsory modules:

      GEO3089Applied Geographical Information Systems (20 credits)

      Applied Geographical Information Systems recognises that GIS is an increasingly specialised and growing field, providing spatial data management and analysis to many academic disciplines as well as a broad range of business and public organisations. The module focuses on the theory and application of GIS technologies for geographical and environmental enquiry and/or application. You will develop advanced technological skills which will enhance your employability.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO3244Disaster Recovery Landscapes (20 credits)

      Disaster Recovery Landscapes covers the techniques practised by professionals in the fields of emergency planning and disaster management. The module focuses on the key themes of search and rescue, humanitarian aid during and following disasters, emergency first aid, the role of the media and social media in disaster reportage, and community education for disaster mitigation, response and recovery. You will critically evaluate search and rescue techniques, learn how to work with the media in disaster management scenarios, critically evaluate the effectiveness of humanitarian aid, and plan, propose and implement disaster management strategies in a simulated major disaster scenario. Current practitioners working in areas of emergency planning and management, such as search and rescue, the emergency services and humanitarian aid, will supplement your learning with valuable first-hand insights.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO3084Dissertation in Natural and Environmental Hazards (40 credits)

      Dissertation in Natural and Environmental Hazards develops further understanding of the concepts, theories and skills acquired through earlier studies in natural and environmental hazards in relation to a topic of your own choice within this academic field. Through the dissertation experience, you will develop a range of transferable skills in the planning, execution and reporting of an individual research report. You will also demonstrate an ability to work independently and effectively, meeting deadlines and producing a professional product, in consultation with a supervisor.

      Assessment: Coursework: 90%, Practical(s): 10%.

      You will select two of the following optional modules:

      SCI3309Biodiversity and Conservation (20 credits)

      Biodiversity and Conservation is a field-based module providing you with an opportunity for a detailed study of habitats and conservation issues at protected sites. A diverse range of management issues across a range of organisms will be explored across varied habitats. This will be placed in the context of ecological theory, conservation legislation and wider pressures on the landscape.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      BUS3033Development Economics (20 credits)

      Development Economics discusses the key economic, social and political factors responsible for economic development and growth. In particular, the module provides an insight into economic theories analysing the development patterns across different countries and explaining differences. You will consider what factors effectively enhance or hinder economic growth and explore the relationship of economic development with national and international institutions, macro-economic policy and foreign direct investment. The role of civil society and the environment on economic development will also be examined, as will socio-economic issues such as poverty and inequality.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

      GEO3073Environmental Change (20 credits)

      Environmental Change develops your knowledge and understanding of the nature of environmental change from the last glacial period to the recent past. You will examine the evidence for change, consider potential causes, and analyse the spatial and temporal responses.  The module explores the major changes of the Late Glacial, Holocene and recent periods and examines the relative contributions of forcing factors, such as climatic variability and anthropogenic activity. In addition, the module critically considers the techniques and methodologies used in the reconstruction of environmental change.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO3088Environmental Hydrology and Flood Management (20 credits)

      Environmental Hydrology and Flood Management provides an understanding of input, storage and output processes within the catchment unit in the hydrological cycle. The module will develop knowledge and experience of the measurement, analysis and simulation techniques available to the modern hydrologist. You will gain an holistic appreciation of flood estimation and modelling techniques, in addition to river catchment and flood risk management, in the context of extant policies, legislation and planning.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

      GEO3102Landscape Ecology (20 credits)

      Landscape Ecology facilitates advanced learning in landscape ecology, involving the application of remote sensing image data collection and computational spatial analysis to solve environmental problems. Landscape ecology is a growth area, underpinning much large-scale environmental analysis due to its synoptic scale, the wide and growing availability of digital image data and the ease of automated, computer-based analysis. The module covers the theory underpinning landscape ecology and provides advanced technical training in acquiring and analysing various forms of imagery, including optical, hyperspectral, lidar and drone data. You will learn how to apply spatial analyses to a range of environmental and ecological problems such as land use planning, habitat assessment, forest monitoring and peatland conservation.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO3071Natural Hazards (20 credits)

      Natural Hazards identifies the nature of geohazards and the relationships between hazards and risk to people. The module investigates the distribution, causes and management of a range of major geohazards. It will enable you to demonstrate your ability to research and evaluate information on geohazards both on an individual basis and in a group scenario.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO3077Wetlands (20 credits)

      Wetlands explores the largest terrestrial carbon store; wetlands. The module studies the flora and fauna that have adapted to and formed these environments. You will examine the sensitivity of these environments to climate change and analyse the historic, current and future management strategies required to preserve these ecosystems.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

      Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points, including Geography, Geology, Environmental Science or a related subject. GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or Adult Numeracy at Level 2 or above, or equivalent, is also required.

      Example Offers

      Some examples of how you can achieve 112-120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

      • A Level: BBC-BBB;
      • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
      • T Level: Overall grade of Merit;
      • International Baccalaureate (IB): We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply;
      • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

      Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

      If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

      For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

      EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

      International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

      English Language Requirements

      International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

      If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

      Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

      STEM Foundation Year

      With effect from September 2022 entry, if you would like to study this degree but do not meet the subject-specific entry requirements, you may wish to apply to study the programme as a 4-year course with integrated foundation year. The foundation year will equip you with key transferable skills and subject knowledge. Upon successful completion of the integrated foundation year, you will be able to progress onto Year 1 of this degree.

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      If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

      Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      The geoenvironmental hazards degree will provide you with an extensive range of graduate skills that employers are looking for, including IT and communication skills, project management, report writing, problem solving, group work and oral presentation skills. These skills are of great value to them and to you in your career.

      Career options may include graduate positions with local authority planning departments, Government agencies, international development agencies, utility companies, charitable organisations and environmental consultancies. Alternatively, you may wish to consider postgraduate study, teaching (further training required) or research.

      How can I enhance my employability?

      It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

      Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

      • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
      • Studying Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
      • Learning a Language – you may be able to participate in Language Steps classes, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as additional study.

      Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


      Tuition Fees

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £9,250 a year. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme on a full-time basis in academic year 2022/23 are £15,000 a year.

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit. This is equivalent to £1,540 per 20 credit module. 360 credits are required to complete an undergraduate degree.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

      The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

      Financial Support

      Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2022/23, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide for your intended mode of study.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see for further details.

      Financial support information for international students can be found at


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      How to Apply

      If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at Visit to find out more about the application process.

      If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at

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      Course Changes

      Expand All This tab outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years. Future material changes will be added here as amends are made to course information.

      18th January 2022 - Change of Module

      GEO2247 Geographies of Vulnerability, Risk and Hazard (20 credits) replaces GEO2082 Disaster, Management and Risk Reduction (20 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 2.

      21st January 2021 - Change of Modules

      GEO1054 Contemporary Geographical Skills (20 credits) and GEO1055 Contemporary Geographical Research (20 credits) replace GEO1047 Practical Skills for Geography and Environmental Science (20 credits) and GEO1048 Introduction to Geographical and Environmental Science Research (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 1.

      GEO3089 Applied Geographical Information Systems (20 credits) replaces GEO3086 GIS Solutions for Hazard Management (20 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 3.

      Covid-19 - Geoenvironmental Hazards Essential Information

      Geoenvironmental Hazards Course Statement

      Weekly delivery to consist of six hours of on-site teaching supported by six hours of online learning comprising synchronous and asynchronous learning activities and academic support. If fieldwork cannot take place due to Government guidelines, it will be replaced with virtual fieldwork and other appropriate learning activities.

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