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Aberystwyth University’s Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is one of the most established and experienced departments of its kind with a strong reputation of excellence in teaching and learning.
This three year Bachelor of Science honours degree in Physical Geography offers you an opportunity to study geography in one of the most picturesque locations in Europe. Situated on the coast of Cardigan Bay and surrounded by a great diversity of beautiful environments, including marine, moorland, mountain and grassland, the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is uniquely placed to make the most of the stunning landscapes that surround it, providing you with a fabulous variety of fieldwork and recreational opportunities.
This degree will equip you with the skills, abilities and expertise to face and engage with the challenges facing society today.You will have an opportunity to study in one of our partnered Universities across Europe or even further afield in countries such as the United States of America, Canada, Australia to name a few. This will be a fantastic opportunity to explore a different country, experience learning in a different institution and make friends for life.You will study in a department that has scored 90% student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey (NSS, 2017). Our department is also ranked best in Wales on of the top 20 in the UK for the subject area of Geography and Environment Science ( The Good University Guide 2018, The Times & Sunday Times).
As a large dynamic Geography community we are able to offer you an extremely broad range of geographical specialisms, opportunities and facilities;
River catchment processes;
Quaternary Environmental change;
Current trends in Geohazards;
Political and Cultural geography;
Fieldwork opportunities in New Zealand, Crete, New York, and Ireland.
We offer our students travel awards available each year to fund your own adventures (up to £400).
- You will learn and benefit from our modern facilities with the latest technology to enhance learning and our fully stocked laboratories with an array of analytical instruments e.g. mass spectrometers and core scanners of which can be used for fieldwork and independent study.
Employability is embedded within all courses provided by us. Our degrees provide a solid foundation for a vast array of careers across a range of sectors. In a rapidly shifting global economy, our graduates are adaptable and able to draw on a range of transferable skills, ensuring that they are always in demand.The skill sets include: Enhanced mathematical and computational skills; Effective problem solving and creative thinking skills; Information technology skills; Ability to work independently and as part of a team; Time-management, organisational skills; Communication skills both written and oral; Self-motivation and self-reliance. Our graduates have, for example, found employment as environmental consultants, planners, civil servants, surveyors, and in education.
For up to date information on our current modular structure, please click on 'View course details on provider's website' at the top of this page.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Main Site (Aberystwyth)|
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||120 - 128 points||120 with B in Geography, 128 without Geography.|
|A level||BBB - ABB||BBB with B in Geography, ABB without Geography.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM - DDM||With specified subject.|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 points||With 5 points in Geography at Higher Level.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.|
Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed here represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. We still use the UCAS tariff to determine whether you have met the terms of our offer, so whatever qualifications you are taking, provided these are included in the UCAS tariff and provided you meet the overall points total (and any specific subject requirements) you may still receive an offer. This means that if your course requires 3 A levels at BBB, we will accept other grade combinations that are equivalent to the same number of tariff points. For example A levels ABC and AAD equate to 120 UCAS tariff points). Applicants studying a mixture of qualifications (e.g. A Level with BTEC) are also warmly welcomed. If you cannot find the qualification(s) that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.
Additional entry requirements
A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Level 3 KS/FS Communication may be acceptable in lieu of GCSE English or Welsh. For this degree scheme minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics is also required. GCSE Mathematics-Numeracy is acceptable in lieu of GCSE Mathematics.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||B|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||With minimum 5.5 in each component.|
|PTE Academic||55.0||With minimum score of 51 in any component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||88.0||With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.|
If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Scholarship competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine an Entrance Scholarship with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include the Academic Excellence Studentship, means-tested Aberystwyth Bursary, Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details. This does not apply to students studying at our Mauritius campus.
Course contact detailsVisit our course page
Department of Geography and Earth Sciences (undergraduate enquiries)
+44 (0)1970 622606
Fax: +44 (0)1970 622659
Undergraduate Admissions Office (undergraduate enquiries)