You can travel the world studying natural hazards on this rewarding course, and learn how to support communities when they need it most.
Having taught Geography for over 40 years, Coventry is ranked as one of the 10th best universities in the UK for ‘Geography and Environmental Studies’ in the Guardian University Guide 2020.
This course applies geographical knowledge to the study of natural hazards, such as volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, wildfires, tropical cyclones and associated flood events. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the processes responsible for these hazards, which affect millions of people each year. You will learn the key principles of geology, geomorphology, hydrology and climatology and how to map, analyse and potentially predict natural hazards, so that you can help communities prepare for and respond to their impact.
In the first year, students will touch upon topics covered in our other two Geography degrees (BA and BSc), while also taking a bespoke module from the Disaster Management programme. All of our Geography degrees encompass significant fieldwork, both here in the UK and overseas, with recent trips visiting locations such as Gambia, Mallorca, Morocco and Tenerife.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
All of our Geography degrees are designed to develop your knowledge of the spatial organisation and evolution of the human and physical environment, within the broad field of geographical and geoscientific inquiry.
In all three years, you will be supported to develop your practical analytical and problem-solving skills, with appropriate training in how to conduct robust independent research in the laboratory or in the field, as well as detailed critical analysis and methods of reporting.
Employment prospects are excellent for graduates with specialist skills and knowledge in natural hazard assessment and prevention. As the incidences of geological hazards increase, so too does the need to monitor, prevent, warn and manage their impact.
The transferrable analytical and problem-solving skills you’ll have opportunity to gain as a Geography graduate, also open a wider variety of roles, such as a GIS officer, data analyst, flood risk analyst, sustainability officer, asset systems manager, environmental energy consultant, public health officer, teacher, insurance assessor or government administrator.
Our award-winning Faculty careers service, EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016, will help you in finding work experience while you study and employment on graduation. Choosing to undertake a professional training year should significantly enhance your prospects of finding graduate employment, while your GIS skills can provide entry to one of the most important emerging industries. Placements have previously been taken at Vaisala and GNS Science, New Zealand. These placements have involved students working closely with professionals in topics such as thermal mapping of transport networks and assessing natural hazard risks.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.
Where our graduates work
Recent graduates have gone to work for the Environment Agency, the Meteorological Office, environmental departments of local authorities, utility companies including Severn Trent and EON, research institutes, charitable organisations and environmental consultancies. Others have continued their studies at postgraduate level, including teacher training and further study at Masters and PhD level.
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