BSc (Hons) Geography - Environmental Geography Program By University of Stirling |Top Universities

University of Stirling

Stirling Campus, Stirling, United Kingdom
  • QS World University Rankings
    =471
  • QS Stars
    5
  • Degree BSc
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Course Intensity Full Time
  • Subject Environmental Sciences
  • Fees(GBP) 62400-
  • Start date Jan-2000
Geography is the integrated study of the world, its landscapes, places, people and their relationship with the environment. Geography seeks to make sense of the world we live in and is unique in bridging the environmental and social sciences. While Physical Geography and Human Geography are disciplines in their own right, Environmental Geography combines these subjects to provide a much needed capability to study and understand interactions between people, and between people and the environments in which they live. Environmental Geographers have expert knowledge and skills to research, analyse and communicate how the changing environment affects our lives. Their ability to visualise geographical issues at different spatial scales, from global to local and to offer solutions to some of our most pressing environmental problems, ensures that graduates in Environmental Geography are highly sought after by a wide range of employers. Year 1 focuses on the building of planet Earth (Geology) and the earth surface process at work in the evolution of our landscape (physical geography). Alongside these core earth science modules students are introduced to the pressing human-environment issues of the 21st century; global warming, water resources, pollution or loss of biodiversity, to name a few. In year two, the emphasis is on Ecology (biogeography) and the feeding of our hungry planet, including the essential systems of nutrient cycling for sustaining life in Earth. These modules provide the key field, analytical and statistical skills that are developed in the more advanced Honours modules. Year 1 and 2 students are also able to broaden their horizons by choosing options taught by specialists in their field from across the University of Stirling. In Years 3 and 4 research-led teaching provides a wide range of advanced modules, for example in environmental hazards, environmental change, sustainability, fluvial and glacial geomorphology, geographical information systems and remote sensing. All final-year students develop and apply their research skills through their Honours project, supported by their academic supervisor. Students may actively participate in national and international research programmes. Examples of recent projects include • Expansion of oil palm; a case study from Sabah, Malaysia • Reconstruction of landscape change in Tweeddale, Scottish Borders • Wind farms and their impact on the aviation industry • A geoarchaeological investigation of Lumbini Village Mound, Nepal • The effect of global warming on carbon stocks in the sub-arctic, Abisko Sweden • The potential of alternative food systems in achieving household food security Environmental Geography and Education (Secondary) provides graduates with a teaching qualification in Geography (and Modern Studies) as recognised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). Environmental Geography and Outdoor Education is a unique degree course that combines the core elements of our Environmental Geography degree practical training in navigation, mountain hazards, outdoor safety and the design and delivery of outdoor programmes. Fieldwork is integrated throughout the course. Stirling makes an ideal location to study geography with ready access to the diverse landscapes of the Central Region and the Scottish Highlands. Residential field courses are currently held in the Scottish Highlands in Years 2 and 3, and there is a choice of field courses to southern Spain or Iceland in Year 3 to introduce students to physical and human-environment issues in dynamic landscapes.

About University

The University of Stirling is an international university committed to helping students make a difference in the world. Based in the heart of Scotland, Stirling is a place where ability – not background – is valued, and teaching, employability and facilities are all rated five-star (QS World University Rankings 2020).  

 

The University of Stirling is ranked top 30 in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2021), and students rated Stirling top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2020. 

 

With more than 220 undergraduate course combinations and over 90 postgraduate courses, we equip our graduates with the knowledge, expertise and employability skills needed to succeed in the workplace. 

 

Campus life 

 

The University of Stirling is rated 1st in the UK and 5th in the world for its campus environment (UK ISB Benchmark and Global ISB Benchmark 2018), and it’s not hard to see why. 

 

Less than an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh, our beautiful 330-acre campus is home to newly renovated accommodation, catering outlets, shops, a cinema and theatre and even an 18th-century castle. We’ve also invested more than £40 million to further enhance our world-class fitness and high-performance sports facilities and create a new campus hub.  

 

Commitment to employability 

 

Ranked 1st in Scotland and top 15 in the world for careers services (UK ISB Benchmark and Global ISB Benchmark 2018), our courses offer hands-on experience, career support and opportunities to work with industries across the globe. 

 

A global outlook 

 

The University of Stirling is truly global in every sense of the word. More than 120 nationalities are represented on our diverse and inclusive campus.  

 

We collaborate with institutions across the world – with teaching in research partnerships in more than 60 countries in order to help our students become forward-thinking graduates with skills that are sought after by employers across the globe. 

 

Sporting excellence 

 

The University of Stirling is the UK’s Sports University of the Year (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020) and Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence. We’re also home to five national governing bodies and ranked 1st in Scotland and top five in the UK for sports facilities (UK International Student Barometer Benchmark and Global ISB Benchmark 2018).  

 

Our students also benefit from more than 50 sports clubs, dozens of weekly exercise classes and our non-competitive Get Active programme. 

 

Research with impact 

Our world-leading academics are experts in their fields, and our teaching explores this cutting-edge research to make an impact on society. That’s why three-quarters of Stirling’s research was classed as either world leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). 

 

Our aim is simple: from feeding the world to using psychology to catch criminals, we want to tackle the global issues of our time. Our multi-disciplinary researchers challenge assumptions, innovate thinking and find solutions. 

 

Are you ready to Be Stirling? 

 

Find your course, learn more about funding opportunities, scholarships and why the University of Stirling, Scotland is where you belong.

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