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Bangor University, Bangor

Course facts

  • UCAS code: F801
  • Bangor code: MGEOG/G
  • Course length: 4 years

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Admissions AdministratorSchool of Environment, Natural Resources and GeographyTel: 01248 382281E-mail: [email protected]ac.uk/senrgy

Course Overview

The environment is a major focus of teaching within the School and Geography is central to this. If you choose to study Geography at Bangor you will learn about the physical processes that shape the earth and the relationship between humankind and the environment. Geography course students develop knowledge and transferable skills across traditional subject boundaries and address the major environmental challenges facing mankind today. We offer BA and BSc Honours degrees in Geography and this 4 year integrated Masters degree (MGeog).

The Geography programmes explore the physical, social, cultural and economic process that shape the world around us. Our courses place an emphasis on field visits and fieldwork as well as opportunities to enhance employability through professional placements and skills development.

Why choose Bangor for this course?

  • In the 2015 National Student Survey, the School achieved an overall satisfaction score of 97% with all of our subject areas rated in the UK top 10.
  • The dramatic coastline and rugged mountains of north Wales, combined with the facilities of a modern University department, make Bangor an excellent place to study Geography.
  • These courses take full advantage of our superb location including, the coast and mountains of north Wales, designated landscapes, rich cultural and industrial heritage of the area, and our proximity to the Snowdonia National Park. With all this on the doorstep, you won’t have to travel far for fieldwork!
  • The School is committed to delivering excellent performance in teaching and learning.
  • The School encompasses a wide range of expertise in human and physical geography, environmental sciences, planning, forestry, conservation and land management.
  • The School has excellent links with relevant organisations, such as the Forestry Commission, Natural England, the Snowdonia National Park Authority, Natural Resources Wales, as well as the regional offices of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Welsh Water and the Environment Agency. Some of these organisations contribute toteaching; whilst others provide placements opportunities.
  • Our Geographical Information Systems Suite allows students to study spatial relationships between environmental, climatic, biological and social data.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Tags: Geography

  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Fees: £9,000 UK
  • Language: English
  • Foundation: No
  • Placement: No
  • Year Abroad: No
  • Course Code: C99-N09
Overview

Course Content

We use a wide variety of teaching methods ranging from lectures, laboratory practicals and fieldwork to seminars and tutorials. Seminars and tutorials concentrate on problem solving, study skills development and reinforcing material taught in lectures. Courses are assessed using a variety of methods with an average split of 60% coursework and 40% examination. The University’s ‘Blackboard’ virtual learning environment, provides direct access to learning resources, course documents and lecture notes.

The lecturers are very helpful and they give a personal touch to their classes. They will not hesitate to help you if you’ve any questions.

Catherine ChenMSc Conservation and Land Management

What will you study on this course?

Our Geography courses are modular and you will study 120 credits worth of modules in each year. Although some modules are, by necessity, compulsory, others can be chosen from a suite of optional modules allowing students to expand their studies into new areas or to develop specialisms that are of particular interest to them. Fieldwork is an integral part of the course with dedicated field study modules in each year in addition to field visits associated with subject modules. Students may also participate in the Geography Outdoors and Professional Placement modules.

Year 1 and Year 2

The 1st year focuses on key basic knowledge and skills. Students are able to switch between BA and BSc courses at the end of the first year if they wish.

Year 1 compulsory modules may include:

  • Earth Systems and Processes
  • Human Geography
  • Introductory Research Skills
  • Academic Tutorials
  • Field Course: Making Snowdonia

Optional modules may include:

  • Earth, Climate & Evolution
  • Understanding Society

The aim of the second year is to deepen your subject knowledge and widen your skills base. Modules cover key areas in physical and human geography and investigate major geographical debates.

Year 2 compulsory modules may include:

  • GIS & Research Methods
  • Climate Change
  • Geohazards
  • Catchment Processes
  • Field Course: UK
  • People, Space and Place

Optional modules may include:

  • Geography Outdoors
  • Water, Air and Soil Pollution
  • Principles of Conservation
  • Sustainable Development
  • Earth and Ocean Observation
  • Identity & Diversity
  • Ice and Oceans

Year 3

The aim of the third year is to further develop your critical understanding of the subject. The third year contains ‘arts’ and ‘science’ themes, which focus on the human and physical aspects of geography, respectively.

Compulsory modules may include:

  • MGeog Project Essay
  • Rivers, Coasts & Oceans
  • Settlement Systems
  • Neoliberal Environments

Optional modules may include:

  • Current Environmental Issues
  • Current Issues in Human Geography
  • Field Course: Tenerife
  • Field Course: Barcelona
  • Catchment Modelling & Analysis
  • Advanced GIS & Remote Sensing
  • Environmental Policy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Waste Management
  • Global Food Security

Year 4

Students on the MGeog, with the support of staff, students carry out a piece of Masters level research: the MGeog Dissertation. Students also gain valuable work experience through a professional placement.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Geography Modules page.

Careers & Employability

Geography graduates are highly employable and are in demand due to the transferable skills and subject knowledge they develop during their studies. You will graduate with a widely-respected degree that opens up career possibilities in both the private and public sectors. Bangor graduates have gone on to careers in environmental consultancy, management, teaching and many more. Geography degrees also provide the foundation for further postgraduate study and research. Geography students can enhance their employability by registering for the Bangor Employability Award.

Last year as well as this year, I was involved with Enactus Bangor, a social enterprise group that operates in many universities across the world. We went to the UK finals in London, presenting our idea of ‘Y Bont’ (Welsh for the ‘bridge’), a shop that would sell food not deemed aesthetically acceptable by supermarkets for a cheaper price, directly employing from the local Job Centre. It taught us all so much about negotiating as well as combining entrepreneurship with realism.

John HanleyGeography

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

There is a wide range of internships you can get involved in, from medical research to marketing and promotion. Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering is worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

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Entry requirements for this course

  • 128 UCAS tariff points from at least 3 A2 subjects (including a C grade or above in A2 Geography). Mathematics and English Language or Welsh at GCSE grade C or above are essential.
  • 128 UCAS tariff points on the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (including grade H5 or above in Geography at the Higher Level).
  • 128 UCAS tariff points in a Science or Environmental/Land-based or Humanities Access Course (merit grade required in Geography for the Humanities course).
  • 128 UCAS tariff points from the BTEC Diploma in the following subjects: Countryside Management, Applied Science.
  • 128 UCAS tariff points from Scottish Highers (including a C grade or above in advanced higher Geography).
  • 128 UCAS tariff points from the Irish Leaving Certificate (including an A2 grade or above in higher level Geography).
  • Welsh Baccalaureate (Advanced Diploma) accepted.
  • Extended Project Qualification accepted.
  • Mature and overseas students are students are considered on individual merit.

For 2016 entry:

  • The School range is 320-260 points on the UCAS Tariff.
  • BTEC National Diploma in a relevant subject area.
  • Science or Environmental Access course.
  • Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
  • Mature students with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

General University entry requirements

Here at Bangor we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

International students entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

More information

Home/EU students

E-mail for General Admissions: [email protected] or write to:

Admissions Office Bangor University Gwynedd LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 382017

International students

Email to International Education Office: [email protected] or write to

International Education Centre Bangor University Gwynedd LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

  • apply via UCAS,
  • or apply direct to Bangor through our online direct application system
  • or apply with the help of one of our recruitment agents

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

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Studying within the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography

Bangor University is the perfect location for the study of the environment and its interactions with people, conservation and land and water management.

  • The School has a wide range of expertise in forestry, agriculture, environmental science and conservation
  • Research submitted by the School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography has been recognised as being in the top 20 in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
  • As well as securing a high national ranking, 78% of the research material submitted was rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • The Snowdonia National Park is less than 20 minutes away and this provides a ‘living laboratory’ for much of our teaching and research.
  • As well as upland and lowland areas, internationally recognised for their landscape and geomorphology, the Park contains a large number of National Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest, including some which are of European significance.
  • Forestry and farming are traditional activities that have taken place in the area for hundreds of years.
  • There are also sites of major industrial activity including wind, water and nuclear power generation and copper and slate mining.
  • The School’s field station, located just outside the city, has land rising room salt marsh and improved lowland at the coast to open mountain grazing at 1000 metres above sea level. It has facilities for field, glasshouse and laboratory work and is used extensively by undergraduate and postgraduate students for project work
  • The School’s offices, lecture theatres and laboratories are located in the Thoday Building, situated directly between the Students Union and the Science Library, and within walking distance of all Halls of Residence.
  • A new Geographical Information Systems Suite has recently been established; allowing students to study spatial relationships between environmental, climatic, biological and social data.
  • A new laboratory has recently been completed that’s dedicated to student project work with plant, soil and other environmental analytical facilities available.
  • The School’s Research Site has a wide range of modern facilities. These include a Free Air Carbon Enrichment experimental facility, unique in the UK, that is investigating the effects of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems.
  • Environment Centre for Wales is a new partnership between the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the University, bringing together 60 environmental scientists with a wide range of knowledge and experience.
  • The centre is housed in a purpose-built building constructed of locally sourced materials such as Welsh oak and slate and incorporating rain-water recycling, photovoltaic cells, and ground heat pumps.
  • The School has its own farm with research programmes in crops, agroforestry, forestry and environmental science. In addition it is also a commercially viable upland sheep farm, and encompases national nature reserves.

Studying at Bangor

A top 15 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 15 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as a firm choice– in university accommodation that’s rated the best in the UK (What Uni Student Choice Awards).

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