Institution code: H12
4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement
Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)
96 UCAS points
This Geography and Environmental Management focused course is multidisciplinary in nature and will introduce you to elements of environment, society and economy before moving on to topics such as sustainable development and environmental management.
You will gain practical knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) applications and will develop a detailed understanding of environmental planning legislation, waste/resource management issues and environmental management.
Practical field skills are an important element of this course and you will benefit from a residential field course in the UK during your first and fourth year of study. Year two students will undertake a residential field expedition to a European location.
Final year students will be given the opportunity to develop an independent research project on a geographical/environmental topic of their choice; they will also learn about specialist current topics such as sustainable energy.
The percentage of time spent in different learning activities for this year of study:
This is the breakdown of assessment methods for this year of study:
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Work experience is an excellent way to find out which careers you are interested in and to improve your employment prospects. To support the taught elements of this programme, students will undertake a supported year-long placement, working in a course-relevant environment with possibilities both in the UK and overseas.
Placements are organised and managed through a dedicated placement unit at Harper Adams University; staff will help you to find a placement within an organisation suited to your career aspirations.
Examples of current placement employers include: ADAS, Agrii, Alltech E-CO?, Atholl Estates, Conwy County Borough Council, Network Rail, Severn Partnership and Wessex Water.
However, you would not be restricted to the employers listed above. You would be supported to arrange a placement in other relevant organisations which offer roles linked to geography and/or environmental management.
Having placement experience makes you stand out from other graduates when you complete your course. Such experience is valued highly by graduate employers.
Accredited by: Royal Geographical Society (with IGB)
This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in geographical knowledge and skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of the world beyond higher education.
The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.
This course will develop student skills and knowledge in the following core areas;
All first year Geography students attend the Practical Geography Skills field trip as part of their course. The trip provides students with practical field skills and techniques of quantitative analysis. It normally takes place in May at the Field Studies Council Slapton Ley Field Centre in Devon. This is a seven night residential course, and costs £50*.
All final year Geography students attend a five night residential field course, currently situated on Anglesey. The course provides students with an opportunity to investigate a real world issue of relevance to the environment and provides advanced data collection, analysis, project management and presentation skills. The trip normally takes place in the autumn term and costs £30*.
*cost includes all meals, accommodation and transport to and from the field centre, and are correct as of the 2018/19 academic year.
Here at Harper Adams we are committed to high standards in teaching and learning.
Teaching methods include student centred learning, resource based learning, independent project work, all of which is delivered in a variety of formats: including lectures, seminars and tutorials. In addition to this, research-led learning is encouraged where students can be exposed to relevant research in a number of ways, from learning about the work of others and its relevance to wildlife resource management to conducting their own studies and field experiments.
To further underpin the applied nature of this course visiting speakers from within the sector are used and practical field work and site visits form essential elements in the learning method as they provide the contextual relevance for students to establish the link between theory and practice.
Assessment of student learning is conducted using a variety of methods. Each course module is assessed by a combination of coursework and an end of year exam. A part of the assessment process, student feedback forms an important element in the learning process. All students receive verbal and written feedback on their coursework and exam scripts.
Example of assessment methods include:
The breadth and flexibility of this accredited course means that our students go on to have successful careers in a wide range of sectors.
“As a degree subject, geography is highly respected by employers. Geography graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment, pursuing a wide range of career paths. It’s often said that there is no such thing as a geography job; rather there are multiple jobs that geographers do. Whether you have just completed a geography degree, or are thinking ahead to your next steps are planning what to do after it, we have information about your employability, work experience and career options, including advice about postgraduate study, how to plan your career, and how to find and apply successfully for jobs.” – Royal Geographical Society
Geography graduates find employment in a variety of sectors, including graduate-level entry into many organisations. You will also have the transferable skills necessary for a wide range of roles, for example:
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