Skip navigation

Enter your details to receive an email with a link to a downloadable PDF of this course and to receive the latest news and information from Northumbria University

* By submitting your information you are consenting to your data being processed by Northumbria University (as Data Controller) and Campus Management Corp. (acting as Data Processor). To see the University's privacy policy please click here

CLOSE

With a broad geographical focus in your first year, this course goes on to teach you how to understand and analyse human impact on the environment, the world around you and all of the factors that affect this.

Through teaching delivered by our internationally recognised academics, you will not only be learning about research but actively taking part as a researcher. In addition to fieldtrips in the UK and Europe, you will also have the opportunity to undertake study abroad, or to complete a work placement allowing you to put all of your recently acquired skills into practise, or to undertake a combination of both as part of a sandwich year.

Throughout the degree you will develop your knowledge and a broad understanding of geography, with a focus on physical geography, in addition to developing intellectual and professional skills and abilities that will benefit your future career or studies.

91% of students say that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey, 2016).

With a broad geographical focus in your first year, this course goes on to teach you how to understand and analyse human impact on the environment, the world around you and all of the factors that affect this.

Through teaching delivered by our internationally recognised academics, you will not only be learning about research but actively taking part as a researcher. In addition to fieldtrips in the UK and Europe, you will also have the opportunity to undertake study abroad, or to complete a work placement allowing you to put all of your recently acquired skills into practise, or to undertake a combination of both as part of a sandwich year.

Throughout the degree you will develop your knowledge and a broad understanding of geography, with a focus on physical geography, in addition to developing intellectual and professional skills and abilities that will benefit your future career or studies.

91% of students say that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey, 2016).

Course Information

UCAS Code
F800

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019 or September 2020

Department / Geography and Environmental Sciences

The Hub / By Students, For Students

Read our student blog and find out what student life is like at Northumbria from real students, tips and advice and much more.

Book an Open Day / Experience Geography BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Geography. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

BSc Geography utilises a range of teaching and assessment methods and a large part of this course is delivered via lectures, seminars, and practical activities in both the lab and field, to help you master core professional skills.

Once you have built up your core skillset, assessments will be undertaken via a range of methods including reports, presentations, seen exams,  and posters. Around 70% of your course will be assessed via coursework, with the remaining 30% assessed by exam.

Annual field trips to destinations in the UK and Europe will further allow you to contextualise key issues and apply your skills in a real-world environment.

Book an Open Day / Experience Geography BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Geography. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Northumbria University’s BSc Geography course is taught by a team of specialist academics who are research active and publishing cutting edge work within physical geography. This expertise feeds directly into teaching and allows you to actively participate in debates that are currently defining the discipline, with those involved in contributing to those debates.

With experts across a range of geography sub-disciplines, our academics’ specialisms include climate change, snow, glaciers, ice sheets, palaeoenvironments, permafrost, sea-level change, coasts, soils, pollution and contamination, hydrochemistry and geographic information systems (GIS). Working alongside a number of professional bodies and organisations, you will be learning from the best.

Our staff will be there to support you though every step of your degree, providing feedback and advice on an ongoing basis.

Book an Open Day / Experience Geography BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Geography. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Northumbria University offers a range of specialist facilities to support you throughout your degree.

Our Department’s three specialist laboratories – Geography Measurement and Analysis Laboratory, Palaeo and Environmental Research Laboratory and Soil and Sediment Processing Laboratory - allow you to get up close and experiment using state-of-the-art equipment and computational software.  Our extensive field equipment includes a range of portable monitoring and analytical instrumentation (e.g. for meteorological,  soil, water and air pollution monitoring).

All of these laboratories allow you to develop and further master your skills, whether you are preparing sediments, soils or biological samples for analysis, modelling your findings using specialist 3D software or utilising specialist statistical packages.

Throughout your course you may also undertake environmental case studies by visiting a variety of regional, national and international locations to practise and implement your investigative field techniques.

Facilities / Geography and Environmental Sciences

Take a look at the facilities for the Geography and Environmental Sciences department.

Virtual Tour

Come and explore our outstanding facilities in this interactive virtual tour.

University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

Book an Open Day / Experience Geography BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Geography. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Research-rich learning runs throughout the BSc Geography course, drawing on the cutting-edge international research that is undertaken by our academics who are actively involved in international research projects that shape the discipline.

These findings are disseminated into the teaching environment to further enhance your learning experience and ensure that you have first-hand knowledge of the latest findings and developments.

Consequently, throughout your course you will have unprecedented access to our research-active experts who will bring this subject alive with findings from their trips to the polar regions, Canada, Laos, Romania and Chile, amongst many others.

Research skills and good academic practice are emphasised throughout your course and by your final year you will possess all of the skills required to position yourself as a confident researcher, creating opportunities for practise-based research, enhancement of employability and the boosting of self confidence.

 In the latest UK-wide research assessment exercise (REF2014), 55% of the Geography department’s research was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent, making us a top-30 Geography Research Department based on research power.

Research / Geography and Environmental Sciences

From Antarctica to the Arctic, global warming to disaster risk reduction, Geography takes place at a truly global scale at Northumbria. Research in this department is focused in five groups: Cold and Palaeo Environments; Social and Cultural Geographies; Disasters, Development and Resilience; Environmental Geochemistry and Ecology; and the Northumbrian Environmental Training and Research Centre.

Book an Open Day / Experience Geography BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Geography. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

The BSc Geography course content has been designed to leave you equipped with all of the relevant skills and expertise required to pursue a career within your chosen sector.

We boast strong links with local and national organisations and professional practitioners who provide input into modules, guest lectures and talks at key events, allowing you to learn from experts in their scientific fields.

The added option to undertake a semester-based or year-long work placement will further enable to you apply your knowledge to a project with a wide range of organisations, such as local Government, national parks, environmental consultancies, or water and energy companies.

The 2015 National Student Survey found that 86% of BSc Geography students were in work or study within six months of completing their degree.

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Book an Open Day / Experience Geography BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Geography. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

BSc Geography will prepare you for a broad range of careers as employers appreciate the transferable analytical, communication and presentation skills that are acquired throughout this degree.

Graduates go on to work in a broad range of sectors that may include tackling important real world problems in the management of the environment or policy jobs across a wide range of industries.

Others may choose to pursue environmental consultancy or Government, graduate training schemes, teaching or further study.

Employability is embedded within BSc Geography from the start, ensuring you leave with skills that are transferrable and applicable to a working environment.

Book an Open Day / Experience Geography BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Geography. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one You will begin with a broad foundation that combines a wide range of topics in physical geography, with a solid foundation in human geography.

Year 2

Year two You will build a detailed knowledge and understanding of specific subjects, offering a wide range of module options to allow you to specialise in topics that directly relate to your interests.

Year 3

Year three You will have the option to go out on an industrial placement to put the skills you have learned in the previous modules into professional practice, or on study abroad.

Year 4

Year four You will be able to apply your specialist expertise to tackle complex scientific problems. A large majority of this year’s teaching will involve you in projects and research where you will take the lead.

Who would this Course suit?

Do you have a keen interest in the physical world around us? Would you like to hone your skills in observing, measuring and analysing the interrelations between humans and the natural environment? If so then BSc Geography is the degree for you. 

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level: From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media The Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media is also accepted in combination with other qualifications

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 units at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

 

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
There are no additional requirements for this course

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

You are expected to purchase waterproofs, an approximate cost would be £150. Walking boots are highly recommended an approximate cost would be £100. There is an optional field trip that you may wish to attend, an approximate cost would be £150. Optional Modules where you are expected to have DBS clearance will incur a mandatory charge of approximately £50. If you choose to do a dissertation that requires digital/secondary data modelling or a locally based case study there will be no charge; however if you choose to do a UK based fieldtrip for your dissertation it may cost approximately £350; if an overseas based field trip is chosen it may cost significantly more.

FUNDING INFORMATION

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for UK/EU undergraduate tuition fee information**.

Click here for International undergraduate tuition fee information.

Click here for additional costs which may be involved while studying.

Click here for information on fee liability.

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: TBC

Undergraduate fees are set by Government and are subject to annual review. Once these have been approved we will update fees/funding information for UK and EU students.


International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

Scholarships for 2020/2021 entry have not been announced. Please visit the 2019/2020 international scholarship page for the 2019/2020 scholarship offer.


ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC


FUNDING INFORMATION

20/21 fees and funding information has not been confirmed. 19/20 information is listed below.

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for UK/EU undergraduate tuition fee information**.

Click here for International undergraduate tuition fee information.

Click here for additional costs which may be involved while studying.

Click here for information on fee liability.

If you'd like to receive news and information from us in the future about the course or finance then please complete the below form

* By submitting your information you are consenting to your data being processed by Northumbria University (as Data Controller) and Campus Management Corp. (acting as Data Processor). To see the University's privacy policy please click here

How to Apply

Applications via UCAS

Most full-time and sandwich first degrees, extended degrees, DipHE and HND courses require that application is made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Clearing House.

If you are at school or college, staff there will advise you on how to apply. If you are not at school or college, you can apply using the UCAS secure, web-based online application system ucasapply.

Applicants apply via UCAS apply wherever there is access to the internet, and full instructions and an online help facility is available. Application details can be checked and printed at any time, text for personal statements and references can be copied and pasted into applications from a word processing package, and applications can normally be processed by the relevant Clearing House within one working day once submitted. More details on apply can be found on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com.

  • The UCAS institution code for Northumbria University is NORTH N77

If you wish to defer your entry, you should ensure you indicate this in section 3i of the application form. Full details of application deadlines and the application fee can be found on the UCAS website. Please note, however, we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to our Teacher Training, Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice programmes.

Application Deadlines

Equal consideration is given to all applications received at UCAS by 6.00pm on 15 January. Details of all UCAS deadlines can be found on the UCAS website www.ucas.com.

UCAS will accept applications up to 30 June, but we can only consider these if there are still vacancies in relevant subjects. You are advised to check with the University before applying for popular courses which may already be full. Candidates applying for any courses after early September must follow the UCAS Late Registration Procedure, and we will provide the appropriate form.

Decision Making Process

When we receive your application it will be forwarded to the Admissions Tutor who will consider your application in accordance with the University’s Admissions Policy.

Most subject areas do not require applicants to attend an interview as part of the selection procedure. However, if the standard procedure is to interview candidates, this is specified in the degree programme entrance requirements. Some courses, such as Health, Social Work and Teacher Training, require specific checks or requirements to be put in place during the normal selection process. These are detailed on the individual course details pages.

Fairness and Transparency

The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

What Happens Next

You will receive one of the following from UCAS or our Admissions Office:

  • Conditional offer which depends on you achieving certain grades from forthcoming examinations, completing relevant checks, or other requirements prior to entry. You may be asked to send us a copy of your certificates/qualifications once these have been received to enable us to confirm your offer. Not all examination results are sent to Universities via UCAS.
  • Unconditional offer if you have already satisfied entry requirements.
  • Reject your application.

Tuition Fee Assessment

Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process

Interviews

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening

Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire, and you may be required to attend a doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning your programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from your own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, you may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them - unless you are applying for one of the courses outlined within the following paragraph.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled ‘Criminal Convictions’. You must disclose anycriminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet ‘How to Apply’. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must tell UCAS and the University. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell UCAS and the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks

Please note that both UCAS and the University follow anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism

Applicants suspected of providing, or found to have provided, false information will be referred to UCAS if their application was made via UCAS. The same is true for applicants who are suspected of omitting, or found to have omitted, information that they are required to disclose according to UCAS regulations. Applications identified by UCAS’s Similarity Detection software to contain plagiarised material will be considered on an individual basis by Admissions Staff, taking into account the nature, relevance and importance of the plagiarism. The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

Extra

The Extra process enables applicants who have not been offered a place, or have declined all offers received, can use EXTRA to apply for other courses that still have vacancies before Clearing starts. The Extra process normally operates from late February until the end of June and Applicants should use the Course Search facility at UCAS to find which courses have vacancies.

Clearing

If you have not succeeded in gaining a place at your firm or insurance university, UCAS will send you details about Clearing, the procedure which matches course vacancies with students who do not have a university place. Information about degree vacancies at Northumbria is published in the national press; and you can also find information on our dedicated Clearing web pages during this period. We operate a Helpline - 0191 40 60 901 - throughout the Clearing period for enquiries about course vacancies.

Adjustment
If an applicant has both met and exceeded the conditions of their firmly accepted offer, they will have up to five calendar days from the time their place was confirmed (or A level results day, whichever is the later) to research places more appropriate to their performance. Applicants will have to nominate themselves for this system, and their eligibility will be confirmed by the institution they apply to adjust to.

Going to University from Care
Northumbria University is proud of its work in widening participation of young people and adults to university. We have recently been successful in being awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education. This mark was created to recognise institutions who go that extra mile to support students who have been in public care. To find out more, visit our Going to University from Care web page.

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
UK
Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KE4000 -

Introduction to the Physical Environment (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn a broad range of basic concepts and principles of the physical environment, how these interact as part of the Earth System and are modified by human processes. As you explore the Earth System today and in the past, you will discover a diverse range of atmospheric, land based and oceanic components that together form the physical environment. Armed with this knowledge you will be able to begin to critically evaluate the evidence concerning processes, landforms and systems. This will develop your problem solving skills and give you an international holistic view on the Earth as a system. Topics include:
• Atmospheric processes and energy flows.
• Climate and climate change.
• Weathering and Erosion.
• Soils and soil forming processes.
• Glacial and periglacial environments and the processes that shape these.
• Landscape and landform evolution from hillslope processes, to rivers and the coastal environment.
• The biogeographical distribution of vegetation and biomes
• The role of the biosphere in the Earth system and ecosystem engineers.
• How the Earth system has changed over Quaternary and Cenozoic time scales.
• The physical environment and links to human health.

More information

KE4001 -

Introduction to Human Geography (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about contemporary human geography and this will provide a firm and wide-ranging foundation/framework for more detailed study in human geographies at levels 5 and 6. It will help you to appreciate the broad variety of issues and concepts within contemporary human geography, whilst encouraging you to make informed and critical judgements upon issues of human geographic importance and relevance. You will be introduced to forms of explanation in human geography and the manner in which geographers have interpreted a variety of social, cultural, political and economic phenomena. You will develop global knowledge and an understanding of international perspectives. Topics explored are some of the major issues facing the earth and its peoples today including: poverty and social exclusion, geographies of difference and inequality, population movements and the geo-political tensions around state borders in a global world, economic change and the geographical consequences of a global financial service sector and the rise of the knowledge economy.

More information

KE4003 -

Geography Fieldwork (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn that fieldwork is an essential and characteristic aspect of geography and you will learn how to conduct physical geography fieldwork or a combination of physical and human and geography fieldwork, depending on your programme of study. Fieldwork is a form of experiential learning which contributes to your curiosity and enquiry about human and/or physical environments. You will carry this out by developing discerning observation and measurement of physical aspects of your environment recognising the importance of scale. You will understand the evolution and significance of the distinctiveness of places and environments including glaciated landscapes and you will be made aware of different approaches to their interpretation. In the BA and BSc programmes you will gain a parallel understanding of the role of spatial linkages in social and physical processes. You will be given opportunities to practise methods and strategies of field research in human and/or physical geography such as observing the impacts of geomorphological processes and conducting human geography enquiries. You will be encouraged to take a critical view of the challenges and opportunities of field-based research and will learn how to use and apply appropriate field based equipment and technologies. For example, understanding how the ‘natural’ environment is anything but natural and is in fact a consequence of human interation with the environment, is an example of such critical thinking.You will take responsibility for your learning and reflection upon that learning and you will recognise the moral, ethical and safety issues involved in all aspects of geographical enquiry. In this module you will learn how to work in groups and you will gain problem solving and presentation skills.

More information

KE4005 -

Exploring Geographical and Environmental Data (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn through a series of short (1-hour) lectures, IT practical classes and seminars. You will also make use of a range of learning resources, including specific software programmes.

The learning will be divided into five key areas:
1) exploring quantitative data (semester 1);
2) spatial data analysis (semester 2);
3) qualitative data analysis (semester 2).
In certain weeks you will have an hourly lecture outlining the key concepts related to that week’s topic. This lecture will be followed later in the week by an IT practical class or a workshop to enable you to ground the ideas introduced in the lecture in real-world dataset analysis. There will also be a project week at the end of semester 2, as part of which you will be asked to complete analysis of datasets relating to climate change. The project will involve group work.

More information

KE4006 -

Dynamic Earth (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about the application of Earth Sciences and research techniques to understanding our Dynamic Earth. This will provide you with the necessary understanding to a variety of issues and debates that have shaped current thinking and research in the Earth Sciences. Through lectures, lab classesEarth Sciences and fieldwork you will learn about the Earth Sciences, including topics such as:
• Earth structure, plate tectonics and origin.
• Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks – how they form, how to identify them and their associated resources.
• Seismics and radar.
• Structural Earth Sciences, types of faults and folds, and what do they show?
• How rocks become soils, basic soil characteristics and resources of soils
• Earth history and a deep time perspective.
• Origins of life on Earth and uses of fossils.• Sediments and soils.
• Building stones and resources.
• Geo-hazards: causes, impacts, underlying processes and approaches to mitigation.
• Geochemistry.

A key component of the module will be the laboratory practicals that will introduce you to working in labs, using laboratory equipment and using the knowledge gained in lectures to solve problems. You will also develop a deeper appreciation of the interaction between physical and human aspects of the environment, thereby demonstrating informed concern about the Earth and its people.

On completion of the module, you will have the Earth Science knowledge and laboratory experience to give you confidence for future study and an improved ability to link theory, practice and application will serve to enhance your future employment prospects.

More information

KE4010 -

Academic Skills and Personal Development (BSc) (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn and develop the key intellectual skills and personal attributes required for effective study and future graduate employment. Teaching, learning and assessment activities are tailored towards your own degree programme, linking to substantive core modules, thus providing an appropriate subject context for your studies. The module aims to consolidate the process of induction onto your degree programme, thus supporting your transition from further to higher education. As part of this shift in academic culture, you will be encouraged to take increasing responsibility for your own learning and through the development of reflective practice, develop ways of monitoring your own academic performance and progress. Topics and issues covered include:
? Independent study and time management.
? Effective literature searching.
? Reading and summarising academic literature.
? Referencing, citations and plagiarism.
? Marking schemes and expectations.
? Essay writing skills.
? Report writing skills.
? Exam preparation.
? Oral presentation and debating skills.
? Dissecting a peer-reviewed journal article.
? Effective group work.
? Skills evaluation and reflection.
? CV preparation and employability skills.

More information

KE5023 -

Academic Language Skills for Geography (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

More information

KE5001 -

Integrated Landscapes: From Karsts to Coasts (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed to introduce you to the suite of processes operating on the surface of the Earth. Specifically, the module aims to:

1. Provide a detailed appraisal of the processes operating at the Earth’s surface.
2. Provide a clear understanding of the connectivity between the various process systems and the external atmospheric and ocean controls.
3. Develop a deep understanding of selected, widely used theoretical concepts in geomorphology.
4. Illustrate, through case study evidence, the effectiveness of geomorphic processes in shaping the landscape under various environmental conditions.
5. Examine the human impact on selected geomorphological processes and landforms.
6. Equip you with descriptive, interpretational and analytical skills required to interpret the environment.
7. Provide basic skills necessary for the study & description of landforms.
8. Provide training in safe laboratory procedures.
9. Familiarise you with skills, knowledge and understanding which can be transferred into subsequent dissertations / projects /employment.

More information

KE5002 -

Cold and Palaeoenvironments (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will examine the nature of past environmental change and develop an intimate understanding of the processes and landforms of glacial environments. You will be able to identify and utilise multiple techniques for palaeoenvironmental reconstructions. By the end of the module you will be able to critically appreciate the role of evidence in reconstructing Quaternary environments, as well as developed your skills in data analysis and interpretation. Topics include:
• Energy and mass balance.
• Meltwater processes.
• Glacier flow and glacier discharge.
• Proxies for palaeoclimate reconstruction, focussing on pollen, diatoms and chemical isotopes.
• Stratigraphical methods and dating techniques.
• Environments and climates of the Quaternary.
• Glacial – interglacial cycles.
• Processes and landforms of glacial erosion.
• Glacial sediments and depositional landforms.

More information

KE5003 -

Meteorology and Oceanography (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module you will develop a broad grounding in the sciences of meteorology and oceanography from a physical geography perspective. In particular you will develop knowledge and understanding of:
• The operation of local and global scale meteorological and oceanographic processes, their simulation using numerical models and their measurement through in situ and satellite observations.
• How atmospheric processes and surface conditions give rise to weather, including meteorological extremes and hazards
• Ecosystems of the oceans and palaeoceanograpic proxies
• The role of the oceanic circulation in climatic variability over a range of temporal and spatial scales.

You will develop field skills in meteorological measurement using sensors and data loggers, analysis and data presentation skills using specialist software and gain first-hand practical experience of real world environmental measurement and data visualisation techniques used widely in research and industry.

You will be assessed through: (i) a report on the practical exercises in meteorology in Semester 1 (up to 2000 words, 40% weighting); and (ii) an online test on the practical exercises in oceanography and subject knowledge and understanding in both oceanography and meteorology, towards the end of semester 2 (2 hours, 60% weighting). You will receive formative feedback in practical classes and summative feedback on submitted coursework. This will provide positive criticism, identifying areas for improvement and highlighting good practice.

On completion of the module your enhanced ability to link theory and practice, confidence to approach research questions and use sophisticated tools in data analysis, and ability to communicate research results in a clear, concise and professional manner will serve to improve your future employability.

More information

KE5012 -

Urban Environmental Issues (Optional,20 Credits)

A little over 50% of the global population now live in cities and urban areas and this is expected to increase to 70% by 2050. Cities and urban areas are highly demanding and their influence reaches across the planet. It is now recognised that cities are significant resource users and pollution producers. Cities will have to play a lead role in tackling the many environmental problems we face. There are a number of initiatives in cities to reduce their environmental impact. There are examples of cities pursuing green, eco-friendly or sustainable policies. In this module you will learn about the impact of cities on the global commons. You will then go on to learn what measures are being taken to make cities more sustainable and explore the characteristics of a sustainable city. Your learning will cover the following core areas:-

The rise and nature of cities including how they are provisioned
Pollution and waste – how cities impact the global commons
The response by cities in climate change risks.
Cities and human well-being.
The characteristics of sustainable cities.

More information

KE5013 -

Environmental Monitoring and Control (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn about the nature and properties of soil, air and water, the key processes operating within them and the wider environmental controls influencing their behaviour. The module will enable you to appreciate the dynamic nature of pollution, its impacts on environmental systems and human health, and provide an introduction to approaches for pollution management and mitigation. In addition, you will develop skills in a range of field and laboratory techniques and approaches to data collection and analysis used in environmental monitoring. You will also develop a deeper appreciation of the interaction between physical and human aspects of the environment, enabling you to demonstrate an informed concern about the Earth and its people.

On completion of the module, your improved ability to link theory, practice and application will serve to enhance your employability skills and future employment prospects.

More information

KE5014 -

Fundamentals of Ecology (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn the key concepts and debates within ecological science, the science underpinning our understanding of global biodiversity. You will be shown how populations of animals and plants change, how species interact and how ecological systems form and alter both in time and space. You will learn a wide range of ecological skills e.g. population modelling, quantifying mortality, measuring diversity and similarity, which underpin vital practical questions such as the conservation of rare species, spread of disease and nature reserve management. At the heart of the module is the significance of ecological systems for the well being of humanity and the need to understand how natural systems work if we are going to conserve them. Ultimately they module will challenge you be become ecological researchers, to carry out a piece of detailed research not only as an assessment and practical but also as a research contribution to the management of a local site, the Ouseburn Farm: you will move from the academy and become practicing ecologists.

More information

KE5017 -

Earth Observation and GIS (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed to teach you the concepts and techniques of spatial data handling and analysis using the techniques of remote sensing and image processing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Adding to the cartographic skills and basic spatial analysis that you have learnt from level 4 (first year) you will be taught to carry out spatial analysis from a wider range of sources and types of social and scientific geographical data. You will learn basic theoretical principles underpinning the use and application of digital datasets followed by more advanced techniques of image classification and spatial analysis. You will be taught how to use industry standard computer software applied in research and the workplace that will allow you to manipulate and analyse those data. In particular you will learn:
• the key components of remote sensing acquisition and analysis/display, including different platforms, sensors, image wavebands, and temporal and spatial resolution of imagery, and the fundamental processing techniques required in order to interpret remotely sensed imagery;
• theoretical background of datasets that can be generated and used to interpret change over space and time (e.g. loss of crops to disease, impact of changes in climate on food productivity and earths biomass); and
• the techniques used to classify and analyse datasets; explore spectral signatures, apply different classification models to produce land cover maps as a basis for resource management.
• key critical theoretical concepts associated with the types and associated use of digital data, implications of scale on analysis, error (what is it, why it matters and what can be done about it) geographical co-ordinate systems and georeferencing;
• about the GIS tool box and different methods of spatial analysis available to you including the third dimension – 3D analysis using digital elevation models; and
• the practical skills you need to interrogate and analyse data in order to answer spatial queries – geographical decision making for policy and practice.

More information

KE5023 -

Academic Language Skills for Geography (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

More information

KE5027 -

Research and Fieldwork in Physical Geography (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn how to design and conduct physical geography research using the scientific method. This module will prepare you for your dissertation. Specifically, you will learn:

? Key employability skills such as: communication, teamwork, individual working, time-management, critical reading, adaptability, flexibility, synthesis of information and using feedback to improve your work
? How geography has developed as a science historically and theoretically
? Application of the scientific method in Physical Geography
? Evaluating a body of literature to understand a debate and to identify gaps in research
? Developing a research idea from concept to execution
? Advanced fieldwork techniques, risk assessment and ethics

More information

TE5507 -

Student Tutoring (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn how to be a tutor of students in schools or colleges. You will develop your skills in communicating effectively with children or young people. As part of this process you will learn how to evaluate your own learning of how to support these pupils’ learning over a series of lessons. You will be learning how to transmit your own enthusiasm for learning in a professional context to pupils within the schooling system. You will learn about the issues facing teachers and other professionals within the school, college or learning centre. Learning how to apply your existing skills and knowledge in a work related context will be an important focus of this module for you. Knowing how to determine which skills and knowledge are relevant, and make appropriate use of these in the work context, will be a major learning opportunity for you.

More information

KA5029 -

International Academic Exchange 1 (Optional,60 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to study abroad for one semester as part of your programme.

This is a 60 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at an approved partner University where you will have access to modules from your discipline, but taught in a different learning culture. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your overall experience of learning. The structure of study will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria).

Your study abroad semester will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as an additional 60 credits for Engineering and Environment Study Abroad Semester.

More information

KA5030 -

International Academic Exchange 2 (Optional,120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to study abroad for one full year as part of your programme.

This is a 120 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at an approved partner University where you will have access to modules from your discipline, but taught in a different learning culture. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your overall experience of learning. The structure of study will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria).

Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

More information

KE5023 -

Academic Language Skills for Geography (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

More information

KF5000 -

Engineering and Environment Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one year work placement as part of your programme.

You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, as well as accreditation bodies such as BCS, IET, IMechE, RICS, CIOB and CIBSE within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme.

This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised both in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 40 weeks.

More information

KF5001 -

Engineering and Environment Work Placement Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one semester work placement as part of your programme.

You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme.

This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the placement is recognised both in your transcript as a 60 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 20 weeks.

More information

KE5023 -

Academic Language Skills for Geography (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

More information

KE6000 -

Geography and Environment Dissertation (Core,40 Credits)

This module is designed to support you in independently pursuing an original piece of research on a geographical or environmental topic of your own choice grounded in final year specialist option modules. Dependent upon your programme of study, you will draw upon and develop your research skills in answering research questions/hypothesis on a dissertation topic within the social, humanities, natural and environmental disciplines. You will develop expertise in:

• identifying a suitable topic and in reviewing critically the relevant academic literature;
• formulating research questions/hypotheses and appropriate methods of inquiry;
• collecting your own data and/or using existing data sets and/or engaging in an analysis of the research literature;
• the ability to analyse and interpret your results using appropriate quantitative, statistical and/or qualitative techniques,
• relating the findings to existing and up-to-date literature;
• oral, visual and written presentation of your research project;
• objectively appraising the ethical considerations of conducting research; and
• managing and implementing a large independent project.

More information

KE6001 -

Cold Landscapes (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about polar and non-polar cold landscapes. The module will provide you with an understanding of the distinctiveness of mountain and polar cold environments, and will provide the physical framework to investigate a wide range of processes which operate in these landscapes. You will learn how to interpret how physical processes impact on human usage of mountainous and polar terrain, and you will learn to appreciate the significance of linking diverse process domains such as meteorology, hillslopes, rivers, and snow/glacier ice.

Your learning will additionally facilitate an understanding of human interaction with the physical environment.

Specific topics covered may include:

• Mountain Environments: the distinctive nature of mountainous landscapes

• Paraglacial Geomorphology: landscape adjustment after the ice has gone
• Catastrophic Rock Avalanches: can hillslope processes control rivers and glaciers?
• Glacial Hazards: hazards posed by glacier recession and climatic change, and implications for development
• Mountain Meteorology: geographical controls and climatic characteristics of mountain meteorological elements
• Mountain Hydrology: rates, magnitude and routing of runoff from snow, ice and paraglacial areas
• History and politics of polar exploration
• Permafrost and periglacial processes
• Sea ice and the role of the polar oceans in the earth system
• Resources and ecosystems: exploitation, tourism, pollution and environmental sustainability

On completion of the module you will have developed an improved understanding and appreciation of the interaction between a range of landforms, landscapes and their formative processes in these environments and their connection to anthropogenic activities.

More information

KE6002 -

Modelling, Computation and Data Manipulation (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about a variety of approaches to model environmental systems. Following an overview of fundamental approaches to environmental modelling and a practical introduction to a number of specific models, you will apply one of the models to answer an environmental question as part of an individual study. In parallel with this, you will be introduced to a range of advanced techniques in computer programming which will allow data manipulation, analysis and presentation. As a result, this module will allow you to demonstrate:
- The use of numerical modelling as an important methodological tool in the physical environment.
- The role of modelling in gaining a better understanding of the interaction of processes driving change and in predicting the form and nature of the resulting response in a variety of environmental settings.
- The latest methodological design and application of modelling and the historical context of their development.
- The practice of model design: from conceptualisation of the model by understanding the main physical processes shaping the environment in question, through development of a computational algorithm to approximate environmental response to applied external forcings.
- Critical interpretation of model output.
- The importance of reproducibility in research.
- An appreciation of modelling as an emerging tool in understanding and predicting the impact of human activity upon physical and/or wider environmental processes.
- Computation and data manipulation skills using a wide range of computer packages (e.g. ArcGIS), including high-level technical computing languages (e.g. Matlab).

More information

KE6003 -

Palaeoecology and Biogeography (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module you will gain the necessary skills and knowledge needed to understand how our environment evolved in the past and how it might change in the future. Particular attention will be paid to the reconstruction and assessment of past human impact on the environment. The module strongly supports the interdisciplinary character of Geography by involving a number of different scientific disciplines such as Geology, Ecology, Palaeobotany, Limnology and Climatology.

The topics of this module include:
• Application of palaeoenvironmental reconstruction techniques (e.g. diatom and pollen analysis, stable isotope and C/N analysis)
• Principles of Biogeography and Ecology: Understanding temporal and spatial patterns of plant communities and ecosystems
• Case studies of Late Quaternary climate and vegetation
• Detecting anthropogenic impact in sediment records
• Regional vegetation and climate history of North England

The practicals will include a combination of techniques from the indicative list below::
• Core logging (e.g. description of colour using Munsell Color System, classification of sediment layers, identifying hiatus)
• Total inorganic and organic carbon (TIC/TOC)
• Charcoal particle analysis
• Pollen and spore analysis
• Diatom analysis
• Pollen diagram construction using Tilia/TiliaGraph software
• Multivariate data analyses ( e.g. PCA, cluster and correspondence analysis)

On completion of the module, you will know the theory and application of various palaeoecological and sedimentological proxy methods. You will understand the driving forces and feedbacks in the biotic and abiotic Earth System and learn to critically analyse and synthesise scientific data. In this module you will learn to assess the importance of climate change and human impact for the evolution of our modern landscapes and ecosystems.

More information

KE6013 -

Environmental Pollution (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module, you will develop a holistic viewpoint on issues surrounding environmental pollution, pollution impacts on human health, environmental history of pollution and approaches to pollution management and mitigation. You will engage with a range of contemporary issues across air quality management, contaminated land and water pollution; appreciate the wider context of historical and pre-historical pollution; analyse and interpret environmental data using a range of modelling techniques (for example, contaminated land software, atmospheric dispersion modelling software) and evaluate different types of interventions that can be used to alleviate/control the effects/impacts of pollutants; develop an appreciation of the role and utility of isotopes and their application to pollution studies; and develop a good working knowledge of the regulatory systems that exist for air, water and soil pollution control at global, European, national and/or local levels. On completion of the module, your ability to link theory and application will serve to enhance your future employment prospects.

More information

KE6017 -

Development and Disasters (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn about relationships between development and disasters to be able to analyse and respond to environmental and other catastrophes impacting on society, including through knowledge of their physical environmental, political and economic contexts. The way that disasters can be prevented, their impact on people reduced and relief and recovery better provided post disaster forms an applied focus to this module. Examples used include major hazards of environmental change, economic instability and conflict that disrupt human well-being over brief or long time-frames. The module addresses the challenges and solutions prevalent in practice and policy environments for those engaging with the development and disaster reduction sector. The content of this module is partly linked to work in this field through Northumbria’s ongoing facilitation of a global disaster and development network. The module teaches that although hazards, risks and disasters impact society, this is offset by individuals, groups, institutions and organizations through disaster management, and by becoming resilient, healthy and creative. Examples demonstrate the application of theory to practice in these relationships in both the economically wealthy and poorer parts of the world. Detailed approaches within this framework include early warning systems, risk management, mitigation techniques, response and recovery actions as well as more appropriate forms of sustainable development action. The module draws from an interdisciplinary perspective making it suitable for those progressing from, or interested in pursuing physical environmental, economic or social aspects of development and disasters. The knowledge and skills learnt can be applied to careers in this field.

More information

KE6018 -

Advanced Geospatial Applications (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn about the design and implementation of geospatial Applications using evidence based practice extending practical knowledge of the techniques and analysis tools gained from level 5 (Second year). This will involve you critically reviewing existing published and adopted practice in topic areas such as:
• environmental planning,
• landcover change,
• resource management and
• risk assessment.
in order to design, cost and implement your own geospatial application. You will be taught advanced concepts of method design and how
to cost and respond to a tender request. You will also learn advanced IT skills on data compilation, download, generation, analysis, interpretation and presentation within the context of ‘fitness of use’ using image processing and GIS software. As you explore evidence based practice you will be asked to design your application with key consideration to the following questions. Can geospatial Applications be:
• value free and what role does positionality and ethics play?,
• simply sticks which powerful groups in decision making processes use to beat smaller groups with?, and
• a key determinant of planning and policy success in an organisational context?

More information

KE6019 -

Public Health and Occupational Safety (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn about public health protection and occupational safety and develop a critical understanding of the nature of communicable diseases and non-communicable occupational and environmental hazards to develop appropriate evidence and risk based approaches. You will build a critical understanding of organisations and approaches responsible for ensuring effective arrangements are in place nationally and locally for preparing, planning and responding to concerns and emergencies, including the future impact of climate change. You will focus on the key aspects including

• Harm from communicable diseases and health impact from environmental and occupational hazards
• Collection, analysis and interpretation of surveillance data
• Planning, investigation and response to incidents, accidents and outbreaks
• Legal and regulatory systems
• Resilience and emergency response
• Workplace health and safety,
• Health and safety risk management
• Principles and theories of health and safety management
• Occupational health and hygiene and occupational psychology

On completion of the module, your improved ability to link theory, practice and application will enhance your employability prospects within a broad environmental health / health, safety and environment job sector.

More information

KE6023 -

Applied ecology and conservation management (Optional,20 Credits)

Elephants are wise and charismatic, aware of their own mortality. Alternatively they are large and dangerous, so why not shoot a few to raise money for conservation?

In this module you will explore the policies and practice of conservation, using examples from around the world. You will find out what it takes to manage a herd of African elephants, to assess the conservation value of a site in the UK, to map a river for ecologically sensitive engineering and to live sustainably in the rain forests of Indonesia. The module combines professional practice focused on careers and challenging contemporary ideas. A recent review of professionals working the fields of conservation and environmental management (Ecological Skills: shaping the profession for the 21st Century, IEEM 2011) identified the need for graduates who are able to undertake standard ecological surveys of sites and make recommendations for habitat and species management. This module is designed to help you develop these practical and employment related skills.

The teaching will focus on building your practice based expertise, the confidence to make judgements and how to implement contemporary methods such National Vegetation Classification, Phase 1 mapping and Rarity classifications that are essential skills for a career in this field. The topics are all based on the research rich expertise of the teaching staff with workshops based on techniques and strategies you need to know to work in the profession of conservation. At the heart of the module is the UK’s and global Biodiversity, concepts of biodiversity (genetic biodiversity, species biodiversity, community biodiversity, habitat diversity), and how the conservation professions approaches challenges such as assessing vulnerability and rarity or choosing sites for conservation. You will explore major causes of biodiversity loss with examples from the UK, Africa and SE Asia rain forests. Workshops build expertise and confidence in professional skills such as the principles of biological classification and taxonomy and the use of biological keys along with field methods such as River Habitat Survey and Phase 1 mapping. Coursework assignments are based on realistic challenges faced by professionals working in conservation, such as selection of Sites of Special Scientific Interest. You will research a and develop a site a mangement plan, with an external partner orgnaisation.The overall aim is to equip you with the expertise, skills and confidence to work in wildife conservation.

At the end of the module you will have gained a critical understand of the range of subjects and issues that affect site management and practical experience in applying such knowledge and skills to real world decision making.

More information

UniStats

Any Questions?

Our admissions team will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901.

Contact Details for Applicants:

bc.applicantservices@northumbria.ac.uk

Current, Relevant and Inspiring

We continuously review and improve course content in consultation with our students and employers. To make sure we can inform you of any changes to your course register for updates on the course page.

Your Learning Experience find out about our distinctive approach at 
www.northumbria.ac.uk/exp

Admissions Terms and Conditions - northumbria.ac.uk/terms
Fees and Funding - northumbria.ac.uk/fees
Admissions Policy - northumbria.ac.uk/adpolicy
Admissions Complaints Policy - northumbria.ac.uk/complaints

You might also be interested in...

Order your prospectus

If you're a UK/EU student and would like to know more about our courses, you can order a copy of our prospectus here.

Get a downloadable PDF of this course and updates from Geography and Environmental Sciences

Enter your details to receive an email with a link to a downloadable PDF of this course and to receive the latest news and information from Northumbria University

* By submitting your information you are consenting to your data being processed by Northumbria University (as Data Controller) and Campus Management Corp. (acting as Data Processor). To see the University's privacy policy please click here

+

Northumbria Open Days

Open Days are a great way for you to get a feel of the University, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the course(s) you are interested in.

+
+

Virtual Tour

Get an insight into life at Northumbria at the click of a button! Come and explore our videos and 360 panoramas to immerse yourself in our campuses and get a feel for what it is like studying here using our interactive virtual tour.

Back to top