What Will You Study

Discover the natural environment in our exciting Study Abroad programme. With a strong emphasis on fieldwork, you’ll gain a wealth of knowledge and skills from our world-renowned lecturers.

Physical geography addresses the major components that make up the Earth-system, such as the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere. In this programme, you will benefit from working with state-of-the-art equipment at Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), and will spend one year of your study gaining hands-on experience in the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. You will receive world-class teaching throughout your degree.

First year modules equip you with a well-rounded introduction to some of the key themes of physical geography. In addition to the Physical Geography modules, you will be given the opportunity to take two other subjects alongside your first year studies. You will further develop your understanding of environmental processes by studying another subject from within LEC, such as Environmental Science, as well as undertaking a third subject from either within LEC or the wider University, such as Biology or Maths, to enhance your transferrable skills.

Second year modules will be taught at one of our partner universities in the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. You will gain hands-on-experience with overseas culture and climate, build an international network, and undertake a variety of module topics.

In the third year, you will complete a dissertation project, guided by your academic supervisor which offers a chance to perform original geographical research on a topic of your choice. While working on the dissertation, you will use the key research, analytical and academic writing skills you have learnt throughout your degree. You will also have a wide range of modules to choose from. These include exciting fieldwork projects that will allow you to apply your practical knowledge in locations such as Croatia or Iceland, and also cover topics such as Glacial Systems, Water Resource Management and Coastal Processes.

MSci Hons Physical Geography (Study Abroad)

This four-year programme, in which you will spend your second year at a partner university in North America or Australasia, includes a second dissertation project and Master’s level modules. You will gain further experience of formulating, designing, researching, analysing and reporting of your own independent research project, enabling you to stand out from the crowd in the selection process for graduate posts.

Assessment

We offer flexible programmes with a strong emphasis on practical learning. You will engage in a wide range of fieldwork and lab-based modules that span the breadth of geographical topics and infuse content from across the physical sciences. Your work will be regularly assessed by a combination of classroom and lab-based assignments, in addition to written examinations and project reports.