Coventry University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Geography and Natural Hazards

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Course summary

We are recognised nationally for the excellence and quality of our geography teaching, ranked as one of the top 10 best universities in the UK for ‘Geography and Environmental Studies’ in The Guardian University Guide 2020. The geography and natural hazards course takes an integrated and practical ‘geographical’ approach to the study of natural hazards at a local and global scale. You will have the opportunity to learn how to apply the latest techniques for hazard assessment and mitigation with opportunities for hands-on experience, both in the field and within our modern GIS laboratory, which feature industry-standard software like ArcGIS and ENVI. Our academics are active researchers benefiting from strong academic links with universities in Hawaii, Alaska, Rio de Janeiro and China. Our staff regularly incorporate their findings into their teaching practice to ensure content stays up-to-date and relevant. Recently, for example, Coventry academics have undertaken volcanic research in Hawaii and this data is now used in modules focusing on Remote Sensing. All of our geography courses have a strong focus on your future employability. They are designed to 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. Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to undertake field trips locally, nationally and internationally* to build up your experience of geography and natural hazards. 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, for example, students have visited Sicily and the Etna Volcano, to examine the hazards posed to residents and visitors and to see, often for the first time, an active volcano. To augment field trip experiences, our students 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, not only to improve skills but to also help develop new ways of working in otherwise inaccessible environments.

  • Please note, that such opportunities may be subject to additional costs and meeting applicable visa requirements.
Key Course Benefits
  • Research expertise in volcanic remote sensing, climate change and flooding.
  • Coventry is ranked 10th in the UK for ‘Geography and Environmental Studies’ in The Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • Diverse range of optional modules allowing you to tailor your degree to suit your interests with topics such as climate change, GIS and Remote Sensing and savage earth.
  • Opportunities to gain experience through professional training and international field experience.

Course details


Your main study themes are: Earth and environmental systems: - Understanding the functioning of the systems that drive the physical environment. Natural hazards and their management: - Understanding the physical causes of hazard events and what society can do to mitigate their effects. Scientific techniques for environmental research: - Gaining experience in studying the environment and learning that by understanding it better, we can mitigate the hazards posed. 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

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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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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

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No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Coventry University
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Clearing contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office

02476 888888

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Additional information

Thursday 18 August 08:00-20:00, Friday 19 August 08:00-18:00, Saturday 20 August 10:00-16:00, Sunday 21 August 10:00-16:00, Monday 22 August onwards (weekdays only) 08:00-18:30

Course contact details

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UK Admissions Office

024 7765 2222

European and International Admissions Office

+44 024 7765 2152

Geography and Natural Hazards at Coventry University - UCAS