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BSc Hons Physical Geography / Australasia


Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Lancaster Environment Centre
UCAS Code: F847 Duration/Length: 4 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Geography Director of Studies: Dr AM Folkard
Total Credit Points: 420 Credit Points Year 2: 120
Credit Points Year 3: 60 Credit Points Year 4: 120

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

  • PartI
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 5 modules from the following group:
  • PartII (Year 2)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • PartII (Year 3)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 6 modules from the following group:

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Physical Geography is the scientific study of the physical and environmental aspects of geography. It enables students to develop a broad understanding of environmental processes, covering areas including biogeography, geomorphology, hydrology and climatology. Physical Geography at Lancaster is a very interactive degree, combining theory and a lot of field and laboratory-based studies aimed at developing students' knowledge of physical environmental processes, their spatial structure and temporal evolution. There are opportunities to study a wide range of topics, including: glacial systems; lakes, rivers and estuaries, environmental remote sensing, atmospheric science, environmental radioactivity, geological hazards, global change biology, sustainable agriculture and quaternary environmental change. In year 2, students undertake their studies at a carefully selected university in Australia or New Zealand, providing them with an exciting opportunity to gain a different perspective on the subject, build confidence and enhance their CVs.

    The programme aims to:

    • Provide a flexible but structured training in Physical Geography which will provide students with knowledge and understanding appropriate for subject-specific graduate employment.
    • Provide experience of living and studying on a different continent, and open up the many and varied opportunities that this will provide.
    • Develop key transferable skills to prepare students for more general graduate employment.
    • Develop the intellectual and practical skills necessary for progression to postgraduate research and training.
    • Encourage academic curiosity which will prepare students for lifelong learning.
    • Offer a choice of modules which will give students experience across the spectrum of Physical Geography.
    • Offer students the opportunity to conduct a substantial research project.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Graduates with Honours will be able to:

    • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of key subject areas in Physical Geography. Depending on module options this will include an understanding of: Past environments and their reconstruction, Freshwater and marine environments and processes, Glacial environments and processes, Geological and volcanological processes, Biogeochemistry and soil science, Atmospheric and climate science, Biogeographical and ecological processes, Agricultural crop science, Environmental remote sensing.
    • Appreciate the differences and similarities in the ways in which Geography is taught and researched in different countries and institutions.
    • Synthesise and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources.
    • Create, analyse and interpret textual, cartographic and numerical data.
    • Assess the merits of contrasting theories, explanations and policies in geography.
    • Design and prepare project proposals and analyse, problem-solve and make decisions.
    • Construct a reasoned argument and use intellectual integrity.
    • Plan, execute and report on geographical research in field, laboratory and desk-based settings, using the technical skills needed for this, including use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and a range of other quantitative and qualitative techniques and tools appropriate to their choice of modules and research projects.
    • Carry out risk assessments and list appropriate safety precautions associated with practical or project work.
    • Identify ethical issues in geographical debates, as a citizen and researcher.
    • Work independently and as part of a team.
    • Use relevant information and communication technology and demonstrate effective asynchronous (e.g. written) and synchronous (e.g. oral) communication skills;
    • Demonstrate an ability to learn new, diverse and complex material.
    • Take responsibility for, and reflect on one's learning, at university and later in life.

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