Focusing on environmental and geological issues of societal concern, this course is unique in that it is provided in conjunction with the world-leading British Geological Survey (BGS).
Geoscientists work to understand the Earth's processes and provide essential information for solving some of the 21st century's most pressing societal challenges, including managing resources, protecting the environment, and the health, safety and welfare of the public.
Run collaboratively with the BGS, which advises the UK government on all aspects of geoscience, this course is designed to help grow the next generation of environmental geoscience experts.
You will gain practical experience and work with specialists who are currently conducting vital research on climate change, Earth hazards and energy. You will go into the field with geoscientists from the BGS and the University.
Benefiting from state-of-the-art facilities, including specialist laboratories dedicated to the physical and chemical analysis of sediments and water, you'll also have opportunities to travel to inspirational destinations in the UK and overseas.
Designed to ensure you have the key foundation-level knowledge required for more in-depth study in years two and three, the first year of this course includes introductions to geological, atmospheric, oceanic and ecological systems. You'll develop your practical research skills with a four-day intensive residential field course in the Lake District.
Years two and three
You'll undertake core modules in geology and research techniques in your second and third years, as well as prepare a 10,000-word dissertation based on a research topic of your choice.
You will undertake fieldwork (currently in Cyprus), will be able to choose from a range of geoscience modules. You can also apply to spend a semester of your second year studying abroad, taking similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham or expanding your knowledge through other options.
'One of the reasons I chose to study in the School of Geography was its close proximity to the British Geological Survey and the fact that it works closely with them. I was also excited by the amount of career-related opportunities and outside speakers.'
Abbie Dodds, BSc Environmental Geoscience
- This course is run collaboratively with the world-leading British Geological Survey (BGS)
- One of 18 institutions in the UK to have been selected to participate in the Q-Step programme, committed to developing students' quantitative expertise
- Field trips enable you to develop your practical skills in locations such as Italy and the USA
- State-of-the-art facilities including research laboratories and resource centres
- Top 50 worldwide for geography according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018
A-levels: ABB including two science subjects (biology, chemistry, environmental science, environmental studies, geography, geology, maths, physics or closely related subjects), excluding general studies and critical thinking; a pass is required in science practical tests if assessed separately
GCSEs: GCSE maths, 4 (C) or above
English language requirements
IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in reading, writing, speaking and listening)
For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.
If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.
Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking IELTS or equivalent.
For country-specific information including entry requirements, contact details and representatives, see our website. If you need a visa to study, the University can provide all the information and advice you need.
At the University of Nottingham we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information in our guide for mature students.
Our admission process recognises that applicants have a wealth of different experiences and may have followed various educational pathways. Please view the alternative qualifications page for details.
Flexible admissions poilcy
In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, the University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.
Notes for applicants
We are looking for students who have the ability and motivation to benefit from our courses, and who will make a valued contribution to the school and the University. Candidates are considered on the basis of their UCAS application.
All applications are considered equally on merit; students are usually selected on the basis of academic excellence and personal qualities. We do not rely on predicted grades alone but take into account the broader context of your achievements, primarily as reflected by your engagement with geography beyond studying it as an academic subject - as evidenced in your personal statement and reference.
Applicants are not routinely interviewed. If you are offered a place with the School of Geography, you will be invited to attend an offer-holder event. The aim of this event is for you to ensure that Nottingham meets your needs and aspirations. You will be able to meet members of the teaching staff and, very importantly, some current undergraduates.
The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.
Typical year one module
- Careers Skills for Geographers
- Earth and Environmental Dynamics
- Geographical Field Course
- Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
- Mathematics for Environmental Geosciences
- On Earth and Life
- Physical Landscapes of Britain
Typical year two modules
- Dissertation Preparation
- Mineralogy and Petrology
- Research Tutorial
- Sedimentology and Palaeontology
- Techniques in Physical Geography
- Digital Explorers: Finding Geospatial Patterns in a Changing World
- Environmental Change
- Patterns of Life
- River Processes and Dynamics
Typical year three modules
- Dissertation BSc
- Geological Mapping (Cyprus field course)
- Geological Hazards and Resources
- Environmental Informatics and Modelling
- Geospatial Technologies: Mobile, Augmented and Virtual
- Global Climate Change
- Practical River Management and Restoration (Mount St. Helens field course)
- Quaternary Environments (Mexico field course)
- Scale and Diversity in the Canary Islands
On this course, you can apply to spend a semester studying abroad at one of our partner institutions in locations such as Australia, Canada, Europe and the USA.
You will get the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability by experiencing another culture. You can choose to study similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham or expand your knowledge by taking other options. Teaching is typically in English; however, there may be opportunities to study in another language if you are sufficiently fluent.
We also offer field trips to develop your practical skills, with international locations including Italy and the USA.
You will have the opportunity to explore post-graduation routes to professional qualifications - such as becoming a Chartered Geologist - and, beyond that, working towards being a Specialist in Land Condition or being on the Register of Ground Engineering Professionals.
As a graduate from the University of Nottingham, you will be highly sought after, and by studying a degree in the School of Geography, you will acquire a broad skill set that will lay the foundations for your chosen career.
Employability is at the heart of our teaching, and we ensure that all of our degrees will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. Our comprehensive careers programme includes one-to-one CV workshops and employer talks from school alumni, as well as career networking events.
Our graduates go on to a wide range of careers. Some enter roles that have a direct correlation to their degree, including conservation and heritage protection and land surveying. Others secure positions that utilise their transferable skills such as management consultancy, PR, marketing and financial roles.
Recent graduates from the School of Geography have gone on to work for organisations such as the British Geological Survey, Capita, Grant Thornton, Historic England, Network Rail, Swiss Re, Teach First, and Tesla Motors.
Employability and average starting salary
97.4% of undergraduates from the School of Geography had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,000 with the highest being £36,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for work 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers support and advice
Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.
Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
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Last updated October 17, 2018