- Choose a route which is ideal if you are embarking on a fresh career direction or exploring a new subject area
- Geography at Derby is joint fifth in the UK for careers after six months of graduating, Guardian University Guide 2020
- Start your studies at foundation year stage for a thorough grounding in the subject and achieve your full honours degree in four years
- Specialise in the physical, environmental or human area of geography – or a mixture of them all – with our extensive range of optional modules
- Gain an in-depth understanding of the processes that cause disasters as well as their impact on human health and livelihoods
- Investigate active hazards on fascinating fieldtrips: in the past our students have conducted fieldwork as far afield as the USA and Crete
- Benefit from the support and encouragement of staff with substantial research expertise
Map out your way to an inspiring career
Studying Geography and Environmental Hazards with a foundation year is a smart move as it broadens your horizons if you are contemplating a change of career or want to further your interests and improve your knowledge in this fascinating subject area before moving on to honours degree level studies.
Your foundation year learning will feature geoscience, organisms and their environment, chemistry and sociology to give you a broad base of knowledge for your future studies. We also equip you with study skills in science, research methods and data handling to ensure you have the best chance of success.
A practical learning experience
We specialise in real-world learning, providing you with plenty of opportunities to translate theory into practice and see how reality might differ from the textbooks.
Many of the modules on the BSc (Hons) Geography and Environmental Hazards with Foundation Year feature training in technical, practical and fieldwork skills. Field-based study is integrated across all years of the course and you will become familiar with innovative techniques in areas like spatial analysis.
Fieldwork to broaden your horizons
Vital for your career development, fieldwork is at the heart of this course and we offer a range of opportunities* which may include overseas study tours. Locally, you could find yourself taking regular trips to investigate the physical, cultural and human features of the area. This may include looking at energy management on industrial sites, exploring nature reserves and sites of special scientific interest, considering how people have exploited the River Trent as a resource down the centuries, and assessing the risks posed to local communities by flooding.
Further afield, you could have the chance to visit areas of active natural hazards such as volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, floods and drought. In the past, our students have investigated the impact of extreme floods, sea-level change and coastal mass movements in Crete. They have also visited North West USA to examine the range and scale of geological hazards and their impact on human society.
One of our most illuminating study tours has seen students head to the Pacific Northwest of America to conduct a series of fieldwork-based case studies exploring earth-surface hazards, their effects on people and their management. Highlights included visiting the sites of the 1980 Mount St Helens eruption and earthquake-prone areas of downtown Seattle.
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*Please note that our programme of fieldwork is subject to change.
First-rate facilities to support your learning
You’ll have every opportunity to develop your practical skills in realistic environments. Our facilities include a spatial data laboratory which houses one of the best map collections of any UK university. We also subscribe to the DigiMap Service so you will have full access to the digital databases of the British Geological Survey and the Ordnance Survey.
We have invested in purpose-built geotechnical and specialist computing laboratories. In addition, we provide a student research laboratory which gives you a dedicated space for conducting your independent investigations seven days a week.
Throughout, you’ll gain experience with specialist equipment such as GPS, total stations, soil augers and field spectrometers.
Cutting-edge research underpins every aspect of our teaching to keep you up to date with the latest thinking. Our lecturers include respected authors and experienced consultants who regularly work with local and international partners. They are enthusiastic, supportive and dedicated to your academic and career progress.
Current research projects embrace subjects such as volcanology, glaciology, climate change, coastal change and sustainable agriculture. Our staff have been investigating everything from rising sea levels in Ghana to paleoclimatic reconstruction in Greece.
Practitioners from a wide range of fields relating to geography and environmental hazards deliver regular guest lectures. They will share their own career experiences with you and give you insights into current developments within the profession.
Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more
Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.
Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.
The perfect environment on your doorstep
You’ll be studying in a location remarkable for its geographical landmarks and heritage. We’re just a stone’s throw away from the Peak District National Park, with its gritstone escarpments, limestone dales and flourishing tourism industry. Nearby is the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site, cradle of the Industrial Revolution which shaped our world today.
We make the most of this outdoor classroom on our doorstep, with many excursions to help you read and interpret the landscape, investigate geomorphological concepts and undertake GPS data collection.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
You will learn through a combination of compulsory class based contact time (lectures, seminars and practicals), fieldwork (e.g. half day, day and/or residential field courses) and optional tutorial classes. The remainder of the time is spent undertaking directed reading, making notes and undertaking assignments.
Field based learning
Fieldwork is an important part of our programme - all fieldwork is associated with particular modules and most of it involves half or full day trips to locations around the region.
How you're assessed
We use a diverse range of assessment methods, including essays, reports, field and laboratory notebooks, portfolios, posters, infographics oral presentations, vivas, and written exams (seen and unseen). You may be assessed individually or as part of a group. We’ve mapped our assessments against key graduate skillsets that employers require.
Personal academic tutoring
Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.
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September 2020 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|UCAS points||72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - MPP
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
£9,250 per year*
£14,045 per year
* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.
Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.
Additional costs and optional extras
Bringing a new dimension to our portfolio, the BSc (Hons) Geography and Environmental Hazards with Foundation Year paves the way to many challenging and rewarding career opportunities worldwide. There are now a growing number of roles which involve planning for, mitigating and managing natural hazards as well as helping to reduce the impact of climate change, pollution and population pressure.
However, this degree also equips you with invaluable transferable skills and the vision and self-reliance that can be used across many areas of employment. By the time you graduate, you’ll have developed a full range of professional skills, theoretical knowledge and practical experience to impress prospective employers from any organisation where environmental awareness and broad scientific knowledge are valued.
Our graduates have gone on to secure diverse roles in areas such as agronomy, environmental consulting, data analysis, water quality analysis, conservation, surveying, transport planning and teaching.
You could also consider taking your expertise to the next level by studying for a masters degree such as our MSc Environmental Assessment and Control. In an exciting new development, we are also launching an interdisciplinary MSc in Intelligence, Security and Disaster Management in September 2018. This specialist MSc will be particularly beneficial for anyone keen to pursue a career in the field of environmental hazards.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
Course starts September 2019
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Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- At the start of your first year, you will be provided with a book pack of essential texts, selected key texts and a high visibility vest
- Where you need a DBS check undertaking for the purposes of a module or programme related placement, this is included in your fee if done via the University
- All-day trips and residential fieldwork in prescribed and core modules, including two international trips (previous destinations have included Crete and NW USA)
- Full access to Digimap online and a downloadable mapping service
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- You will need to purchase appropriate clothing and footwear for fieldtrips - approximate cost is £100
Optional costs not included in your fees
- You may wish to purchase textbooks or e-books to support your studies. Text books typically cost £30-£50 each but actual costs are dependent on your choices
- We have built fantastic links with universities overseas to give you the opportunity to study abroad in Stage 2
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.
This is a new course so the data displayed via Discover Uni is for students studying in another subject area.