Coventry University

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

You will explore the nature of the physical world; human interaction with the environment and the processes, natural and otherwise, that shape it over time – landscape change, environmental hazards and environmental management. In doing so, our aim is for you to discover ways of protecting finite resources, developing the knowledge and practical skills to help solve environmental problems and make informed contributions to policy. Past students have gone on to careers in public and private sector organisations concerned with environmental management or promoting sustainable development. For example, recent graduate employers have included the Environment Agency, The Met Office and Ordnance Survey. All of our geography courses have a strong focus on your future employability. They are designed with the aim to help equip you with core knowledge, skills and expertise within the broad field of geography, together with a range of analytical abilities and transferable professional skills to find employment on graduation. We’ve also had former students return to talk about their experience of life and careers after university. Throughout your studies, you will be expected to undertake residential field trips to apply geographical knowledge to real-world concerns. In the first year, all students take part in a three-day residential field trip, followed in the second year and final years by international field trips*. In the past, students have visited North and South Wales, the Lake District, Tenerife and Morocco to investigate topics such as flooding, ecological succession, habitat management, evidence of land movement over time, and environmental reconstruction from sediments. Students have also previously visited the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) in London to access the wealth of resources owned by the RGS and have seen first-hand what student membership of the RGS can offer. Final year students have the chance to undertake a residential field trip to Norfolk to explore evidence of past environmental change. In the third year, you can participate in a week-long overseas field trip*, which is strongly focused on student-led, self-reflective independent learning. Previously, we have visited Morocco and Majorca, where after investigating a number of habitats, students carried out their own field project to illustrate the causes and impacts of geomorphological and ecological processes. All these field trips are supported by class-based preparatory work to design and evaluate research conducted in the field. To augment field trip experiences, you will be taught in the Simulation Centre, which is the most advanced interactive people training and development centre in the UK. Its cutting-edge technology which is unique in the UK, its Learning Curve interactive screen and real-life scenarios using specially-trained actors, can not only improve skills but help develop new ways of working in otherwise inaccessible environments. *Please note that such opportunities may be subject to additional costs and meeting appropriate visa requirements. Key Course Benefits

  • Research expertise in flood risk, storm water management, sea level change, quaternary environmental change, and ecological monitoring and management.
  • Outstanding student satisfaction – 100% overall for Geography in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2019.
  • Coventry is ranked 10th in the UK for ‘Geography and Environmental Studies’ in the Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • Excellent support for, and track record in employability.
  • Opportunities to participate in challenging and exciting residential field trips each year, exploring the UK and overseas.
  • Large range of optional modules allows you to tailor your degree to suit your interests with topics such as environmental change and management, hazards, biodiversity and conservation, planning and sustainability, Geographical Information Systems and remote sensing.

Course details


Your main study themes are: Earth and environmental systems: the functioning of the systems that drive the physical environment. Environmental issues and their management: the physical and human causes of the issues and what options are available to address the consequences. Climate change: The impacts of a changing climate on environment and people, together with techniques needed to mitigate and adapt. Scientific techniques for environmental research: Gaining experience in studying the environment and the most appropriate techniques to employ. Career management and employment skills: An insight into the skills required for geography-related careers and how these skills are truly transferable. For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Royal Geographical Society

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2022.

If you already have a 2022 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate / BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that are equivalent to three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

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The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Geography at Coventry University - UCAS