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BSc (Hons)


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

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Highly practical and industry-relevant, our BSc (Hons) Geology and Environmental Hazards with Foundation Year opens up 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. This degree also equips you with invaluable transferable skills 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. You’ll also have the wide-ranging transferable skills, vision and self-reliance which will make you well suited to any organisation where environmental awareness and broad scientific knowledge are valued. Our graduates have gone on to secure posts in environmental consultancy, pollution control, geotechnical engineering and even the BBC’s Natural History Unit.

You could also consider taking your geological expertise to the next level by studying for a masters degree such as our MSc Environmental Assessment and Control or MSc in Intelligence, Security and Disaster Management. These specialist MSc courses will be particularly beneficial for anyone keen to pursue a career in the field of environmental hazards.

Through our Professional Development Package, you'll gain valuable transferable skills, including:

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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.