Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fee

£12,500 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

96-128* (September 2018 entry)

UCAS code

Y002

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

Joint Honours

Start date

September †

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

Please be aware that this course is only running for September 2018 entry. From September 2019 we will be offering BSc (Hons) Geology and Environmental Hazards and BSc (Hons) Geography and Environmental Hazards.

Interested in the natural and manmade hazards that affect our planet? This course will help you build a career around managing the impact of floods, earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes, coastal erosion and climate change.

Why you should study Geology at the University of Derby

Climate change, population growth and exploitation of natural resources are all intensifying pressure on our environment – and natural disasters continue to dominate the news. By studying Environmental Hazards, you’ll gain vital insights into how such events are triggered and what we can do to address them. 

In-depth knowledge

You’ll study the natural and manmade hazards that affect Earth such as earthquakes, volcanoes and floods. We take a detailed look at the Earth’s surface and climatic threats as well as different approaches to hazard management.

The course also develops your knowledge in aspects of geographical, earth and environmental sciences, particularly those that are essential to the study of hazards. 

Tailor your course

You can take Environmental Hazards as a joint or minor subject. After your first year, you’ll be able to choose from a broad range of modules in both the physical and human aspects of environmental hazards so you can concentrate on the themes that interest you most.

You could, for instance, look at water as both a resource and a hazard, explore volcanic and earthquake hazards in the field, or consider how we can mitigate the impact of climate change.

Real world skills

We’re committed to providing you with hands-on learning which will support your career aspirations. Most of our modules are highly practicalgiving you training in technical, laboratory and fieldwork skills.

We have invested in up-to-date learning facilities so that you can develop your practical skills in realistic environments. They include a spatial data laboratory, a map library, as well as a purpose-built petrology laboratory, sedimentary laboratory, geotechnical laboratory and specialist computing laboratory.

Our student research laboratory gives you a dedicated space to conduct your independent investigations.

Fascinating fieldwork

Fieldwork lies at the heart of this course and is vital for your career development. Where you go depends on the modules you choose. Our students have, for instance, investigated volcanic hazards in Tenerife or climate change in the Mediterranean.

You could also go on a study tour to an area of active natural hazards such as volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, floods and drought. We currently visit the Pacific Northwest of America to explore earth-surface hazards, their effects on people, and their management.

Explore our past fieldtrips

Learn from experienced geoscientists

You’ll be taught by an enthusiastic, highly skilled team who include active researchers, authors and consultants working with local and international partners.

We also call on our network of contacts across the profession – including leaders in their fields – to deliver thought-provoking guest lectures at the University. Topics have included how the UK can better manage the risk of floods and how climate change can spark sudden natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

What you will study

The number of modules you'll study at each stage depends on whether you study Environmental Hazards as a joint or minor subject within the Joint Honours scheme.

You'll study a selection of modules, such as:

  • Environmental Hazards and Disasters - This module introduces natural environmental hazards and disasters in a global geographical and geological context, and looks at each of the major hazards affecting Earth’s surface, people and society 
  • Earth Surface Processes and Environments (1) - This module will introduce you to the processes which have an impact on the surface of Planet Earth
  • Fundamental Skills for Geoscientists (2) - This module is designed to help you develop a range of intellectual, personal and subject-related skills that are fundamental for geoscientists
  • Physical Geography of the Anthropocene - The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of the structure, function, and characteristics of the Earth’s physical environment and its links with the human realm
  • Cartography and Mapping - This module considers fundamental ideas about maps and map making which are intended to equip you with the skills required to both interpret and create maps
  • Global Environmental Issues - This module will introduce the current environmental issues that provide the greatest challenges to today’s global society
  • Introduction to Human Geography - The module examines urbanization and offers an insight into the conflicts behind decisions affecting land use and the allocation of resources in urban and rural settings
  • Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones (1) - This module will introduce you to the subject of rocks and minerals and origin of gemstones
  • Water: Hazard and Resource (1) - This module aims to develop a holistic, interdisciplinary understanding of water through a rigorous examination of both geographical as well as a geological analysis
  • Volcanology and the Earth’s Interior (3) - This module seeks to promote an understanding of volcanology and the diversity of its processes, products and hazards
  • Imaging Earth’s Surface and Subsurface - The module aims to develop skills in the acquisition, processing and interpretation of images and data acquired by remote sensing of Earth’s surface and by subsurface geophysical techniques
  • Mediterranean Environments (3) - This module examines how contemporary geographical processes are expressed within specific spaces, places and landscapes of a specific Mediterranean location
  • Preparing for Independent Study in Geoscience - This module aims to prepare students for their Independent study. Independent study often includes fieldwork which normally starts at the end of the second year
  • Geological Mapping and Applied Skills for Geoscientists (2) - This module introduces the basic geological techniques and procedures used in the compilation of geological maps and reports
  • Sustainable Energy Resources - This module will review the current sources of conventional and renewable fuels used for energy production in the UK and globally
  • Geography and Geographers - The module aims to provide an appreciation of a range of theories and approaches in the discipline of Geography 
  • Glacial Environments (1) - This module examines the nature of surface processes operating in cold environments and their role in landform development
  • Sustainable Cities - This module will introduce current discussions of sustainable cities highlighting the challenges and opportunities of the rapidly urbanisation taking place all across the world
  • Geological Hazards (3) - This module seeks to promote an understanding of earth-surface hazards through case studies in a region prone to a range of geohazards
  • Independent Studies for Geoscience (2) or (3) - This module is a continuation of the process of Personal Development Planning (PDP) initiated in level 4 and 5, to develop an advanced skill-set which will enhance the graduateness and employability of students 
  • Terrain Evaluation (1) - This module investigates the theory and practice of terrain evaluation with particular reference to engineering construction
  • Engineering Geology (1) - The module is designed to develop your understanding of the mechanical properties of rocks, rock masses, soils and other unconsolidated materials in an engineering context
  • Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation Perspectives - This module aims to develop a sound understanding of the nature and causes of climate change
  • Applied GIS (1) - This module provides an appropriate portfolio of subject knowledge and applied skills typically required for an introductory position in the field of GIS or for going on to specialist postgraduate study in GIS
  • Environmental Management: Critical Perspectives - This module will consider the role that environmental management plays in the reduction of waste and in the effective management of natural resources

(1) Module includes fieldwork
(2) Module includes residential fieldwork
(3) Module includes residential overseas fieldwork

How you will learn

You will learn through lectures, laboratory-based practical sessions, tutorials and fieldwork. You will be taught by a team of enthusiastic and highly skilled geoscientists, many of whom are active researchers and consultants working with local and international partners. 

Facilities

This course is very practical and gives you the hands-on experience that you need to prepare you for your career. We have invested in our facilities to ensure that you learn in realistic environments, such as our new laboratories with modern equipment.

Assessment

We use a diverse range of assessment methods, including essays, reports, field and laboratory notebooks, portfolios, posters, oral presentations in the classroom and the field, presentations on social media, and exams. You may be assessed individually or as part of a group. We’ve mapped our assessments against key graduate skill sets that employers look for.

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Geology fieldtrips

Fieldwork lies at the heart of our Geology degrees, enabling you to develop strong practical skills through a combination of residential and day trips across the UK and abroad.

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Entry requirements

September 2018 typical entry requirements

UCAS points96-128* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a C in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Geography, Mathematics or Physics at A-level (or equivalent qualification)

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

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.

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points120* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a C in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Geography, Mathematics or Physics at A-level (or equivalent qualification)

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

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.

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Find out more about Environmental Hazards

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per module

International

£12,500 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

Careers

By studying Environmental Hazards as part of a Joint Honours programme, you’ll develop skills and knowledge which are in great demand around the world. There is a growing number of career roles associated with tackling natural hazards such as flooding, landslides and coastal erosion.

You will also be equipped for employment across the environmental sector, especially in jobs which involve planning for and mitigating the future effects of climate change, population pressure and pollution.

The self-reliance, communication and transferable skills you gain on the course will also ensure you’re well suited to any organisation where environmental awareness and broad scientific expertise are valued.

Contact us

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Course: Dr Adrian Watson (Programme Leader) A.P.Watson@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 591740

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† Additional information about your studies

2018 start only

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

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Teaching hours

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.

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.

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