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Physical Geography / Australasia BSc Hons

What will you study?

Physical Geography is the scientific study of the physical and environmental aspects of geography. It enables you to develop a broad understanding of environmental processes, covering areas including biogeography, geomorphology, environment and society and sustainability.

Physical Geography at Lancaster is a very interactive degree, combining theory and a lot of field and laboratory-based studies aimed at developing your knowledge of physical processes and how human activity affects physical geography.

You will be able to follow innovative modules including Glacial Systems, Earth Surface Processes, Enterprise for the Environment, Holocene Environmental Change, Environmental Magnetism and Glacier-Landscape Interactions.

You will spend the second year of their studies at a top university in New Zealand or Australia.

Where could it take you?

Geographers are welcomed in education, whether that’s teaching or taking your learning to MSc or PhD level in specialist fields. Recent graduates have chosen to continue their studies in Geology, Environmental Science and Environmental Technology. Many Geography/Australasia graduates go on to further study in New Zealand or Australia.

Physical Geography graduates have also found roles recently as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and scientific officers, with local authority, private sector and government agency employers, such as the Forestry Commission.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Typical entry requirements

For courses starting in 2015:

A-level:AAA inc. Geography or a cognate subject.

General Studies: Not accepted

Preference: A-levels

Key skills: Not included in offer

GCSE: English and Maths (grade C in each)

Scottish Highers: AAABB, inc. Geog or a cognate subject

Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information

International Bacc: 36 pts overall with 16 pts from best three HL courses inc. Geog at higher level


Mature students: Applications welcomed; you may be offered a place after interview even without the usual qualifications. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information

IELTS: 6.5

Financial Support

Lancaster University has committed£3.7m in scholarships and bursariesto help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:AnAcademic Scholarship of £2,000for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualificationsAnAccess Scholarship of £1,000per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualificationsALancaster Bursary of £1,000per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600

*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

View details of our current Undergraduate fees.

Students will be required to pay for travel to field sites and will have to purchase wet weather clothing, boots and waterproof notebooks for fieldtrips for which the estimated cost is approximately £110. The course offers optional field trips and students will have to pay for any travel and accommodation costs. If students undertake placements then they may incur additional travel costs. Students on certain modules may wish to purchase a hand lens and compass clinometer but these may be borrowed from the Department.

Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.

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