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BSc (Hons) Geography & Geology

Develop your knowledge and understanding of the role of geography and geological science in shaping the Earth on a degree which involves travel to a variety of fieldwork destinations in the UK and abroad.

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      UCAS Code: FF68
      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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      This degree will enable you to learn about our natural world, balancing the present-day study of physical geography with the geological dimension of how the earth has evolved through time. You will gain skills in the fundamental techniques of both physical geography and geology, with a strong emphasis on practical field and laboratory work. With current fieldwork locations including Cumbria, Anglesey, Ireland, Tenerife and the Scottish Highlands, the course is underpinned by an exploration of the geological features of rivers, oceans and volcanoes, both as they are now and as they were in the geological past. In combination, these investigations will provide a unique perspective on our planet and how it changes. The programme also 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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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      Year 1 provides a foundation in the sciences of physical geography and geology, including training in key laboratory techniques. This is supported by two periods of residential fieldwork, during which you will be trained in fundamental and applied fieldwork skills.

      In Year 2 you will study topics such as the geological forms and processes associated with igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary geology and geological mapping. Physical geography modules will cover the earth’s weather and climate systems, soils and geomorphology. You will also enhance and further develop essential research skills in physical geography and geology through laboratory work and local and overseas fieldwork.

      Year 3 involves completing an independent research project (dissertation) on a geological topic, alongside specialist modules on environmental hydrology and flood management, and applied environmental and engineering geology. You will have the opportunity to choose modules on wetlands, natural hazards, and the nature and causes of environmental change.

      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.

      The course is underpinned by an exploration of the geological features of rivers, oceans and volcanoes, both as they are now and as they were in the geological past. In combination, these investigations will provide a unique perspective on our planet and how it changes.

      Fieldwork in the UK and abroad is one of the most beneficial and enjoyable aspects of this degree. Current fieldwork locations include Cumbria, Anglesey, Ireland, Tenerife and the Scottish Highlands. You will also visit local sites.

      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. Exams never count for more than 60% of the total mark for those modules that include an examination. Coursework 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:

      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%.

      GEO1242Earth History (20 credits)

      Earth History enables you to appreciate geological time. In particular, the module will look at the evolution of the earth from both a global perspective as well as the development of the British Isles. You will examine the beginning of the solar system and the theories behind the origin of the earth and the moon. The early conditions of earth’s history will also be examined by considering the early continental crust, the likely nature of plate tectonics and the origin of the atmosphere and hydrosphere. The rise of modern style plate tectonics, the origin of life and the rise of atmospheric oxygen will be introduced alongside changes in the oceans and evolution of the earth’s climate. Major episodes such as “Snowball and Greenhouse Earth” along with asteroid impacts, mass extinctions and super-massive volcanic eruptions will be outlined.

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

      GEO1052Earth Materials (20 credits)

      Earth Materials introduces you to a range of field and laboratory geological techniques covering the range of knowledge and skills that a geologist in training will need to successfully study and practise geology at more advanced levels. The module illustrates the composition and formation of major mineral and rock groups and will enable you to identify and classify marine and terrestrial fossils.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO1046Environmental Issues (20 credits)

      Environmental Issues provides an awareness and understanding of the nature of environmental issues facing the world today. Issues such as climatic change, water quality, flooding, biodiversity loss and human vulnerability to natural hazards will be considered. Through case studies, the physical processes underlying the issues will be explained together with an evaluation of management responses.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO1045Introducing Physical Geographies (20 credits)

      Introducing Physical Geographies provides an overview of physical geography which looks at basic concepts and their development. The module outlines the physical framework of the earth’s surface and investigates the materials and processes operating there. It covers aspects of biogeography, soils, climatology and geomorphology.

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

      Year 2

      Compulsory modules:

      GEO2242Geological Research Methods (20 credits)

      Geological Research Methods is about the application of knowledge in geology. The module will introduce you to independent field working and develop geological field mapping skills in complex terranes. Your field work understanding will be assisted by the use of digital geological techniques, in particular the use of vector graphic drawing packages and ArcGIS. Rock mass properties using the engineering laboratory will be introduced to provide a wider perspective and you will consider how they might be used in geological fieldwork.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      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%.

      GEO2244Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (20 credits)

      Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology advances your knowledge and understanding, as well as presenting contemporary reviews, of current ideas and controversies surrounding the geological forms and processes associated with igneous and metamorphic geology/petrology. An understanding of  igneous and metamorphic geology is crucial to the earth sciences because of the interactive nature of earth’s systems. An understanding and recognition of igneous and metamorphic rocks and related processes is a paramount requirement of a practising geoscientist.

      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%.

      GEO2241Sediments and the Biosphere (20 credits)

      Sediments and the Biosphere investigates sedimentary processes and products, as well as the interaction of the biosphere with sediments and sedimentary rocks, across a range of environments past and present. A range of techniques for examining and describing sediments, sedimentary rocks and elements of the biosphere will be introduced. This includes hand specimen and microscope analysis and field data recording. You will explore the use of these techniques in interpreting modern and ancient sedimentary environments and environmental change.

      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:

      GEO3083Dissertation in Geology (40 credits)

      Dissertation in Geology enables you to develop and apply a range of research and transferable skills in the planning, execution and reporting of an individual research project on a relevant topic in geology of your choice. The module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to work independently and effectively, meeting deadlines and producing a professional product, in consultation with a supervisor.

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

      GEO3241Geoenvironmental Engineering (20 credits)

      Geoenvironmental Engineering prepares you to apply earth science principles to the exploration, extraction and management of construction mineral resources. The module also provides an introduction to the principles and practice of engineering geology associated with mineral operations.

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

      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%.

      You will select two of the following optional modules:

      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%.

      GEO3242Geoenvironmental Management (20 credits)

      Geoenvironmental Management focuses on real-world environmental problems faced by environmental specialists relating to mineral planning issues, the reduction or management of construction waste, waste disposal facilities, cleanup of contaminated sites, UK geohazards, superficial and man-made ground and the conservation of geodiversity.

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

      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 www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

      EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

      International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international 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.

      Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education

      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 www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      A Geography & Geology degree is recognised by employers for the extensive range of transferable skills that graduates have including IT and communication skills, project management, report writing, statistical analysis, group work and oral presentation skills. These skills are of great value to them and to you in your career.

      Graduates find their way into a variety of careers including industry, geological exploration, environmental management, planning, environmental monitoring and consultancy, the extractive and waste industries, conservation, environmental education, postgraduate study, teaching (further training required) and 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 www.edgehill.ac.uk/eufinance for further details.

      Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.


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      These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

      To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.


      How to Apply

      If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com. Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

      If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at www.edgehill.ac.uk/apply-part-time.

      Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

      Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

      Visit Us

      If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

      Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

      Request a Prospectus

      If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

      Get in Touch

      If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

      International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email [email protected] with any queries about overseas study.

      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.

      15th February 2022 - Change of Module

      GEO3088 Environmental Hydrology and Flood Management (20 credits) replaces GEO3075 Rivers and Coasts (20 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 3.

      21st January 2021 - Change of Modules

      GEO1054 Contemporary Geographical Skills (20 credits) replaces GEO1047 Practical Skills for Geography and Environmental Science (20 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 1.

      24th July 2020 - Change of Modules

      GEO1050 Dynamic Earth (20 credits) and GEO1052 Earth Materials (20 credits) replace GEO1240 Rocks, Minerals and Fossils (20 credits) and GEO1242 Earth History (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 1.

      Covid-19 - Geography & Geology Essential Information

      Geography & Geology 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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