Environmental Geoscience BSc


Fact file - 2017 entry

UCAS code:F630
Qualification:BSc Hons
Type and duration:3 year UG
Qualification name:Environmental Geoscience
UCAS code
UCAS code
Environmental Geoscience | BSc Hons
3 years full-time
A level offer
Required subjects
Two science subjects (biology, chemistry, environmental science, environmental studies, geography, geology, maths, physics, or closely related subjects); plus GCSE maths, C or above. Applicants taking science A levels with a practical element of assessment are required to pass this.
IB score
32, including 5 in both science subjects at Higher Level
Course location
University Park Campus
Course places

This course may still be open to international applicants for 2016 entry. Please visit our international pages for details of courses and application procedures from now until the end of August.


Focusing on environmental and geological issues of societal concern, this course is unique in that it is provided in conjunction with the British Geological Survey (BGS).
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Concerned with how we use natural resources, manage environmental change and ensure resilience to environmental hazards, geoscientists are experts on how we interact with the environment beneath our feet. They work to understand the Earth's processes and provide essential information for solving some of the 21st century's most pressing societal challenges, including managing resources, protecting the environment, and the health, safety and welfare of the public.

Run collaboratively with the world-leading British Geological Survey (BGS), which advises the UK government on all aspects of geoscience, this course is designed to help grow the next generation of environmental geoscience experts.

You'll get the opportunity to spend time at the BGS in nearby Keyworth, gaining practical experience and working with specialists who are currently conducting vital research on climate change, earth hazards and energy. You will go into the field with geoscientists from the BGS and the University.


"As a society, we need experts that are equipped to understand and deal with issues such as our energy and water resource needs.

This course combines the BGS and University's knowledge and resources in order to equip students with the skills they need to meet the environmental geoscience challenges we face today."

Professor Mike Stephenson, Director of Science and Technology, BGS

Benefiting from a vibrant learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities, including specialist laboratories dedicated to the physical and chemical analysis of sediments and water, you'll also have opportunities to travel to inspirational destinations in the UK and overseas.

Year one

Designed to ensure you have the key foundation-level knowledge required for more in-depth study in years two and three, the first year of this course includes introductions to geological, atmospheric, oceanic and ecological systems. You'll develop your practical research skills with a four-day intensive residential field course in the Lake District - a national park which covers more than 2,000km squared and contains 16 lakes (even though only one is actually called a lake, and including England's longest and deepest).

Years two and three

You'll undertake core modules in geology and research techniques in your second and third years, as well as prepare a 10,000-word dissertation based on a research topic of your choice. You will undertake fieldwork in Cyprus (one of the world's best preserved ophiolites). You'll be able to choose from a range of geoscience modules and can apply to spend the autumn semester of your second year studying abroad.

Why study at Nottingham?

As a student on this course, you will:

  • be taught by geoscientists from the University who currently working on challenges such as climate change mitigation, environmental risk assessment, contaminated land and brownfield management and geohazard evaluation
  • benefit from the expertise of staff from the British Geological Survey with opportunities to work with researchers at their nearby base in Keyworth (our Environmental Geoscience BSc programme is the only course to be run in conjunction with the world's longest established geological survey)
  • get the opportunity to take part in field trips in the UK, Cyprus, and options elsewhere including the United States
  • work closely with academic staff who are leading researchers in their specialist fields, with 75% of their research activity being rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the latest Research Excellence Framework
  • be part of one of the UK's top geography departments, having placed in the top 20 in the latest university guides published by The Complete University Guide, The Guardian, and The Times and Sunday Times
  • have the opportunity to undertake research at our overseas campuses in China and Malaysia
  • enjoy being based on University Park Campus which is widely regarded as one of the most attractive campuses in the country, having received the Green Flag Award - the national benchmark for parks and green spaces in England and Wales - for 13 consecutive years

Entry requirements

A levels: ABB including two science subjects from biology, chemistry, environmental science, environmental studies, geography, geology, maths, physics or closely related subjects. Applicants taking science A levels with a practical element of assessment are required to pass this.

GCSEs: Grade C or above in GCSE maths is required for all geography courses

English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 with at least 6.0 in reading, writing, speaking and listening

Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies. Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS. Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.

Alternative qualifications 

View the alternative qualifications page for details.

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.

Notes for applicants

We are looking for students who have the ability and motivation to benefit from our courses, and who will make a valued contribution to the department and the University. Candidates for full-time admission are considered on the basis of their Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) form.

All applications are considered equally on merit; students are usually selected on the basis of academic excellence and personal qualities. We do not rely on predicted grades alone but take into account the broader context of each applicant's achievements, primarily as reflected by their engagement with geography beyond studying it as an academic subject - as evidenced in their personal statement and reference.

Applicants are not routinely interviewed. If you are offered a place you will be invited to a UCAS visit day. The aim of the visit is for you to ensure that Nottingham meets your perceived needs and aspirations. In addition to a formal presentation, which provides details of the courses we offer, you will also be able to meet members of the teaching staff and, very importantly, some current undergraduates.



Typical year one modules


Careers Skills for Geographers
  • Self-marketing and CVs
  • Preparing for interviews and assessment
  • Careers for geographers
  • Subject-focused vocational talk
  • Postgraduate study (masters and PhD) 
  • Guest lectures (eg. from Royal Geographical Society - Institute of British Geographers) 
  • Career planning 

Topics will be delivered by the school's Career Advisor from the Careers and Employability Service (CES) and academics from the School of Geography.

Importantly, you will be expected to make regular use of the Careers and Employability Service (CES) to assist with progress during the year and attend a range of employer presentations and other events (eg. employer fairs).

The module aims to:

  • introduce the issues of career education and employability within the Geography undergraduate curriculum
  • develop and enhance the students' key skills for use in seeking work experience, graduate employment and postgraduate opportunities 
  • provide students with the opportunity to critically evaluate and reflect on their personal and key skill development in the School of Geography and the University 
  • inform students of the role of the Careers and Employability Service (CES)
Earth and Environmental Dynamics

This module integrates knowledge taken from the atmosphere, oceans and continents to inform an understanding of global physical systems as they affect people and the environment. The module considers:

  • principles of climate and general circulation patterns in the atmosphere and ocean 
  • principles of Earth and geomorphological systems

This module aims to:

  • provide an understanding of the atmosphere and hydrosphere 
  • develop knowledge of the terrasphere through learning about geoscience and geomorphology
  • provide a platform for interpreting geographical and environmental issues

On completion of the module, the students will have developed an ability to think analytically about physical and geomorphological processes and understand, synthesise and critically evaluate current debates on environmental issues within a broader conceptual and scientific framework.


Foundation Mathematics

This year-long module is designed to enable students who have not taken A-level Maths to extend their knowledge to A-level standard. You will acquire knowledge and competence of core mathematical topics and gain experience of relevant quantitative aspects.

Topics include:

  • Algebra and algebraic manipulation
  • Linear algebra
  • Functions and trigonometry
  • Differential calculus
  • Integral calculus
  • Simple modelling
  • Elementary probability and statistics. 
You'll have around three hours of workshops per week to work with tutors and other students to aide your understanding of the material covered.
Geographical Field Course

A four day intensive residential field study period. Teaching will concentrate on the rationale and techniques of field study in both human and physical aspects of geography. Particular emphasis is placed on the design, practice and analysis of small research projects based on geographical issues.

The aims of this module are to:

  • provide a field course experience away from Nottingham 
  • provide the opportunity to evaluate issues involved in applying research design and execution skills within the specific context of field-based research
  • provide the opportunity to evaluate field based techniques and approaches to the collection of geographical information 
  • foster an awareness of the ethical issues related to data gathering 
  • foster a culture of safe field work through awareness, management and practice of both general and specific safety issues
  • develop skills of risk assessment related to field work 
  • further develop intellectual and communication skills gained with tutorials
Geographic Information Systems

The module provides students with the theoretical background and practical training to undertake basic spatial analysis within a contemporary Geographic Information System (GIS). 

It aims to ensure competency in the use of a contemporary GIS software package whilst developing transferable ICT skills. It also encourages students to develop the analytical skills necessary for the creation of workflows that utilise the built-in analytical functionality of a GIS to solve a spatial problem. 

Specific topics covered are: 

  • What is GIS?
  • Cartographic principles behind GIS
  • Spatial data models and database management systems
  • Fundamental spatial analysis
  • Creating maps within a GIS

This module aims to develop the fundamental practical and conceptual skills necessary to undertake simple GIS analysis, and the theoretical and practical competency necessary to study GIS at a higher level. 

It aims to introduce the student to commercially available software, instruct students in the use of this software in applied GIS analysis scenarios and ensures a solid theoretical and conceptual foundation in GIS fundamental methods and analyses.

On Earth and Life

On Earth and Life explores the deep historical co-evolution of Earth and Life and emphasises uniqueness of place and historical contingency. The module leads on from and complements Physical Landscapes of Britain in exploring geological, plate tectonic and palaeoenvironmental ideas and research, but at the global scale.

The module also prepares the ground for and contextualises several second and third year geography modules, especially Environmental Change and Patterns of Life.

The aim of the module is to encourage students to explore the history of the Earth and life, as well as the history of ideas about the nature and evolution of the Earth's surface and the evolution and biogeography of plants, animals and humans.

On completing the module, students should know more about the evolution of the Earth and life and be able to assess critically the ideas and methods of researchers in the historical and geographical sciences.

Physical Landscapes of Britain

This module provides an understanding of the history and origins of the Earth and its life and landforms through consideration of the following topics:

  • Origins of the Earth 
  • Development of life over geological time
  • Environmental changes over geological time
  • Field trip to the Peak District (full costs will be supplied nearer the time of the trip)

The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the history and origins of the Earth and its life and landforms. Particular attention is paid to the way in which the area of Britain has formed via tectonic and geomorphological processes. Both systematic and regional approaches are used, with a number of case studies being presented.


Small group tutorials in both the Autumn and Spring semesters in which emphasis will be placed on discussion, essay writing and seminar presentations which will be based on topics in the Qualifying Year geography modules and from broader intellectual, cultural and political fields.

The aims of the module are to:

  • develop intellectual skills in small-group tutorials based on topics in Qualifying Year geography and from wider intellectual, cultural and political fields 
  • develop skills of problem recognition and definition 
  • develop powers to identify and evaluate approaches to problem-solving
  • develop skills of information collection and synthesis and evaluate the significance and relevance of information
  • develop powers of reasoning, discussion and cogent argument
  • develop communication skills in the form of essay writing, verbal articulation of ideas and issues through group discussions and seminar presentations

Typical year two modules


Dissertation Preparation

This module is taught by formal lectures, scheduled preliminary fieldwork, supervision meetings with dissertation tutor. It covers the following:

  • Introduction to the dissertation process and procedures 
  • What is a dissertation? 
  • Ethics, risk and safety implications when conducting Geographical research 
  • Preparing a dissertation proposal 
  • Analysing material 
  • Critically reflecting on literature and writing a coherent literature review 
  • Evaluation of past dissertations

The aims of this module are to prepare undergraduate geography students for undertaking their 40 credit dissertation which is a significant piece of supervised research that includes working in the field, collecting primary and/or secondary data, conducting a literature review, undertaking independent research and writing their research up to produce a significant piece of original scholarship.

The module will equip students with an understanding of research design and methodology, will explore the nature of the dissertation and how to select a topic, determine appropriate methodologies and methods of analysis and will explain the ethical, risk and safety frameworks under which dissertations are undertaken. The module will detail the timetable, procedures and processes that students need to follow in order to complete the dissertation.

Mineralogy and Petrology

The module will consider:

  • Economic mineral deposits
  • Hydrocarbon resources
  • Environmental mineralogy, eg. radioactive waste management, shale gas
  • Volcanology and volcanic hazards

Specifically the module will include discussion of:

  • Major rock types and rock-forming 
  • Bulk materials 
  • Types of ore deposit, how they form, and the important ore minerals and critical metals
  • Types of oil and gas reservoirs, traps, seals, burial diagenesis and hydrocarbon migration
  • Environmental mineralogy and geochemistry, covering carbon capture and storage technology and radioactive waste management

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the major different rock types and the rock-forming minerals from which they are made. 

Research Tutorial

This module will cover the breadth of world-leading research being carried out in the School of Geography and is reflected in the school's research themes.

The two lectures will introduce the role, breadth and practice of research in geography. Joint delivered by researchers on the physical and human sides of the discipline, the lectures will examine the epistemological and philosophical bases of research in geography, with a focus on the diversity but also shared, unifying features of geographical research, providing broader context for the small group tutorials.

Each student will be assigned to a small tutorial group for the semester and will participate in tutorials with a different member of staff. Specific topics will be chosen by staff members based on their own, active, research programs and will reflect the leading research questions and problems in the discipline. Students will be supplied with a set of readings prior to each tutorial. Students will also be required to research the background context of the readings.

This module will expose students to the breadth and depth of research undertaken in geography. The module aims to develop a critical appreciation of contemporary research problems in geography and introduce students to alternative approaches to geographical research.

Students will benefit through discussing the complete research process, from idea and project development, to methods, dissemination and evaluation of research in geography.

Sedimentology and Palaeontology

Students will be given a comprehensive course on sedimentology and palaeontology and how they are used scientifically and industrially together with their impact on human society and the natural environment.

The aim of this module is to introduce students to sedimentology/sedimentary geology (the study of sediments such as sand, silt and clay and the processes that result in their deposition) and palaeontology [the study of fossils (both animal and plant, and both macroscopic and microscopic)].

Techniques in Physical Geography

This module presents the opportunity for hands-on experience of laboratory, field and surveying techniques in physical geography appropriate to the domain of interest of the participants. To achieve these aims all students participate in six field projects on a eight day field course, some of which are completed in the laboratory back in Nottingham.

In addition, students choose further laboratory techniques to investigate in the second semester, leading to an individual project. The ethical, safety and fieldwork limitations of geographical work are also considered.

The aim of this module is to provide training in physical geography field and laboratory techniques.



Desert Geomorphology

This module addresses the research issues and problems in desert environments. The module opens with a definition of deserts environments and a description of the characteristic features of deserts around the world. Key topics include:

  • The nature of deserts, aridity and drylands 
  • Sediment production and weathering processes 
  • Sediment entrainment by wind 
  • The formation of sand dunes and dust deposits 
  • Desert surfaces
  • The role of water

Throughout the module emphasis is placed upon past and current research including experimental design.

This module aims to provide:

  • an understanding of the geomorphology of desert environments 
  • an ability to critically evaluate contested theories of desert landform development
  • an ability to evaluate the impact of vegetation and climate in desert processes
  • a foundation of skills and knowledge for further study of desert environments
Digital Explorers

This module provides a consideration of:

  • Introduction to GI Science/Systems/Studies/Services 
  • Spatial Data Types and Sources 
  • Vector Processing Algorithms 
  • Raster Processing Algorithms
  • Spatial Analysis and Decision Making 
  • Professional Training in ArcGIS 
  • Project planning, implementation and reporting

The aim of this module is to produce students that have both theoretical and technical competence in the use of GIS software for spatial data analysis. It encompasses both taught instruction and project based learning to ensure that students have sufficient skills to independently develop, justify, undertake and report a complex GIS-based analysis project in response to a project brief.

Environmental Change

This module considers the mechanisms for, and evidence of, global environmental change during the timescale of the Quaternary period. The nature, causes and impacts of change are evaluated in the context of the available evidence within a range of natural and human environments. The nature and impacts of future climate change are also considered.

This module aims to provide:

  • an understanding of the mechanisms driving global change at a range of different timescales
  • a knowledge of the existence and limitations of evidence for change
  • an appreciation of sources of information on this topic and how to integrate this knowledge into cogent written and oral arguments related to Quaternary environmental change
  • an ability to evaluate the nature of change from literature-based evidence
  • a foundation of skills and knowledge for further study of Quaternary environments and proxy records of change
Patterns of Life

The module focuses on patterns in the distribution of organisms in space and time, and theories proposed to explain those patterns. The main themes are:

  • Biodiversity patterns 
  • Island biogeography and nature conservation theory
  • Ecological succession
  • Biological invasions
  • Extinction and mass extinctions
  • Quaternary refugia and the palaeoecological record
  • The process of biogeographical research

The main aims of this module are to develop:

  • a broad knowledge of biogeographic patterns
  • an understanding of the theories proposed to explain these patterns
  • an ability to understand and interpret the biogeographic literature experience of biogeographical research

The primary focus is on patterns manifest at global spatial scales and long temporal scales. This knowledge is the basis for:

  • appropriate interpretation of human impacts on the environment
  • understanding and evaluating nature conservation theory and practice
  • understanding of the diversity and interdependence of the natural world
River Processes and Dynamics

Introduces the fluid and sediment processes that operate in rivers and describes the characteristic channel forms of alluvial channels and the links between process and form. Uses laboratory practicals and a fieldtrip to deliver student centred learning and supplement teaching through lectures. Topics covered include:

  • Foundations of fluvial geomorphology
  • Flow resistance, sediment transport and bank erosion
  • Introduction to biogeomorphology and aquatic ecology
  • Dominant discharge and hydraulic geometry
  • Laboratory practicals
  • Fieldtrip: fluvial processes and forms in the Hawkcombe catchment, Somerset 
  • Spaces and timescales of river change 
  • River planforms: braided, meandering and straight 
  • Morphological adjustments in an unstable channels 
  • Complex response in the fluvial system

This module assumes no prior knowledge in introducing the fundamentals of fluid flow, sediment transport and bank erosion in rivers. Semester one builds on the underpinning science of open channel flow to examine the processes that lead to channel formation and the creation and maintenance of aquatic habitat.

At the beginning of semester two, the mechanics and concepts covered are brought together through consideration of regime theory and hydraulic geometry in alluvial channels. Semester two also deals with the dynamics of rivers with straight, meandering and braided patterns. It goes on to investigate trends of change exhibited by unstable rivers and how simple disturbances can trigger complex responses in the fluvial system. 


Typical year three modules


Dissertation BSc

This is an individual project based on a geographical topic involving fieldwork and/or secondary data, and agreed by the candidate with their tutor and a specialist supervisor.

The aims are:

  • Developing skills of problem recognition and definition
  • Raising awareness of and responding to the ethical issues related to gathering data
  • Implementing risk assessment skills related to fieldwork and developing a culture of safety and appropriate research practices
  • The opportunity to develop and apply research design and investigation skills in a field-based environment 
  • Enhance skills of information collection and synthesis, and the ability to evaluate the significance and relevance of information
Environmental Geophysics and Geological Mapping (Cyprus Field Course)

Content to be confirmed.

Geological Resources and Hazards

Content to be confirmed. 



Advances in Remote Sensing

The anticipated content and structure is:

Part I - Principles and Systems

  • Introduction: the past, present and the future
  • Electromagnetic radiation and the terrestrial environment
  • Interaction of radiation with matter 
  • Interaction of radiation with matter 
  • Sensing systems from a range of vantage points 
  • Remote sensing scale and data selection issues 
  • Using remote sensing data I, II and III 

Part II - Information Extraction

  • Exploiting advances in the spatial, spectral and temporal domains 
  • Exploiting strengths of data: data fusion 
  • Technological innovations 
  • Integrating remote sensing and GIS 
  • Practising remote sensing 
  • Student led assessment

The aim of the module is to provide an advanced study into the rapidly evolving field of remote sensing. The module will cover the basic physical principles of remote sensing, key remote sensing systems, digital image processing and applications.

The main focus of the module is on the remote sensing of the terrestrial environment using a range of sensors, at a range of vantage points. The students will be taken to the research frontier within the discipline with exposure to the current issues, for example, use of volunteered information, terrestrial and atmospheric carbon accounting and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Environmental Informatics and Modelling

This module will expose students to current practices, technologies and ideas existing at the forefront of environmental modelling. The module offers an opportunity for students to experience the theory and practice associated with key developments that are occurring in major modelling domains and the most recent advances from the research community.

Hands-on experience of using machine-learning software and developing data-driven models will be an integral part of the learning experience.

The module will comprise four parts. Part one is composed entirely of 1-hour lectures, with parts two-four incorporating an alternating programme of lecture and practical classes.

  1. Introduction 
  2. Modelling the Impacts of Climate Change 
  3. Modelling Biogeography 
  4. Hydroinformatics

This module will expose students to current practices, technologies and ideas existing at the forefront of environmental modelling. The module offers an opportunity for students to experience the theory and practice associated with key developments that are occurring in major modelling domains and the most recent advances from the research community.

Hands-on experience of using machine-learning software and developing data-driven models will be an integral part of the learning experience.

Geospatial Technologies: Mobile, Augmented and Virtual

This module focuses on the uptake of digital Geographic Information across a wide range of applications in society and the research agenda that is underpinning these developments. We will explore the use of location-aware mobile devices and techniques for geo-visualization that are visually immersive and interactive. Content is organised as follows:

Part I: Digital Geographic Information in the public domain

Here we consider how a convergence of technologies (positioning, communication and processing) has allowed digital geographic information to make an impact 'beyond the desktop' at both a global scale through the web, and at a personal scale via the mobile device. This includes Virtual Globes, 'open' and 'linked' geographic information, Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), Location Based Services, and mobile geospatial apps.

Part II: Virtual Geographic Environments

Here we look at the role and impact of multi-dimensional geographic visualisation to support decision making, environmental impact assessment, and the communication of spatial context. This includes animation and 3D graphics, advances in data capture, urban and rural landscape visualisation, interaction design and immersion, Augmented and Virtual Realities.

The module aims to give students an understanding of the way digital Geographic Information is being used in the public domain, in particular in connection with location-aware mobile devices and multi-dimensional geo-visualization techniques.

The module encourages students to think critically about how geospatial technologies can be made to work effectively in these areas, and the research challenges that exist in terms of design and human computer interaction, and the way geography can work alongside other disciplines in this rapidly expanding field.

Global Climate Change
  1. A review of modern climate systems and forcings
  2. Climate modelling, projections of future climate change and their uncertainty
  3. Controversies around climate change, the argument between believers and sceptics and the ways in which climate change is communicated to and perceived by the public 
  4. The impact of climate change on the world's physical and built environments, water and food resources, and human health
  5. Mitigation and adaptation to future climate change including the role played by policy markers and NGOs

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the science and issues that surround present and future climate change and its impacts on human society and the natural environment. The module will cover the scientific basis for global climate change together with its impact on society, policy, mitigation and adaptation.

Practical River Management and Restoration (Mt St Helens Field Course)

This module aims to provide students with hands-on skills in the management of highly unstable and/or dynamic rivers. The module is based in the Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington State, USA.

Mt St Helens is famous for its eruption in May 1980. The collapse of a large proportion of the mountain produced the largest recorded landslide in history. The subsequent blast (which resulted in ejections of partially molten rock and steam travelling at close to the speed of sound over distances of up to 37 km) flattened 600 square km of forestry. The environment was almost entirely sterilized for a distance of up to 30km around the blast. The landslide buried the valley of the North Fork Toutle river in sediment with burial depths exceeding 100m. Ever since, this material has been transported downstream by the North Fork Toutle river, where it is deposited in the channel causing severe flooding problems and threatening navigation on the Columbia river.

The objective of the field course is to explore methods for managing this problem by developing long-term estimates of future sediment transport in the river and by assessing novel engineering methods that are aimed at reducing the transport of sediment downstream.

Quarternary Environments

The aim of this module is to explore the relationship between climate, environment and society over the timescale of the Quaternary. There will be a particular focus on the period of the Holocene. The module investigates a range of proxy data sources for past environmental change as well as considering the implications of studying the past for future climate change scenarios (especially issues of water quantity and quality).

Semester one will focus on high-latitudes and biological proxies of change, semester two on mid-low latitudes and chemical proxies of environmental change. The module is delivered as a series of lectures, seminars, laboratory and computer practicals.

Scale and Diversity in the Canary Islands

The module involves study in Nottingham on secondary data relating to broad-scale patterns of diversity, endemism and evolution in the Canary Islands.

This module completes the biogeography pathway in the School of Geography. The broad aim of the module is to encourage students to apply knowledge, concepts and theoretical ideas studied in F81125 (Earth and Environmental Dynamics) and F82163/F82228/F82328 (Patterns of Life) at a range of spatial scales within a professional research context and to communicate research findings at a professional level.



The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



As a graduate from The University of Nottingham, you will be highly sought after, and by studying a degree in the School of Geography, you will acquire a broad skill set that will lay the foundations for your chosen career.

Employability is at the heart of our teaching, and we ensure that all of our degrees will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. Our comprehensive careers programme includes one-to-one CV workshops and employer talks from school alumni, as well as career networking events and a summer internship scheme.

Our graduates go on to a wide range of careers. Some graduates enter roles that have a direct correlation to their degree, including conservation and heritage protection and land surveying. Other graduates secure positions that utilise their transferable skills such as management consultancy, PR, marketing and financial roles.

Recent graduates from the School of Geography have gone on to work for organisations such as BP, Defra, The Environment Agency, GlaxoSmithKline, KPMG, Northern Petroleum, PwC, Shell UK Ltd and The Woodland Trust.

You will also have the opportunity to explore post-graduation routes to professional qualifications - such as becoming a Chartered Geologist - and, beyond that, working towards being a Specialist in Land Condition or being on the Register of Ground Engineering Professionals.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 95% of first-degree graduates in the School of Geography who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,702 with the highest being £39,500.*

* Known destinations of full-time home first degree undergraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Careers support and advice

Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Take a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.  


Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

The University of Nottingham provides information and advice on financing your degree and managing your finances as an international student. The International Office offers a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees.


Key Information Sets (KIS)

Key Information Sets (KIS)

KIS is an initiative that the government has introduced to allow you to compare different courses and universities.


There is assessment associated with this programme that is not attached to a specific module. In the first year, students take a non credit bearing course on building employability. Sessions cover key skills needed to find work experience and employment and evaluating personal development, while highlighting the range of support available. 

The course is assessed by the production of a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and self reflection on employability skills acquired, as well as a plan for further skills building.  

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