fh82 - Physical Geography BSc

Physical Geography BSc Honours

UCAS Code: FH82 (3 Years)

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Course Overview

You will develop a deep understanding of the processes that shape our planet and how they impact on human activities.

A climber reads a map as they stand on the Himalayas.

At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BSc Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB
IB: 32 points

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This degree gives you the opportunity to focus on physical geography from the very start of the course.

You explore some of the key environmental issues facing our world today, as well as learning Earth science concepts and techniques, with an emphasis on how landscapes evolve.

You will become skilled in an array of techniques for investigating and understanding the natural environment and develop laboratory and GIS skills.

You'll also enjoy fieldwork in both the UK and abroad, with field visits ranging from nearby Northumberland to Iceland, the American Southwest, Ireland and Morocco. 

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Course Details

Modules for 2016 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2017).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

You take compulsory modules that give you a firm foundation in physical geography and essential geographic skills.

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

You take the following compulsory modules:

You also choose one of the fieldtrips below: 

Optional modules

You also select 40 credits from the optional modules below:

You may spend Semester 2 studying abroad, subject to agreeing an overall selection of modules with the module leader and with permission from the DPD:

In addition, with the approval of the DPD, alternative optional modules to those listed above may be selected (maximum 20 credits):

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. It isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Find out more about Work Placements.


Stage 3

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You will select 80 credits from the following list if not already chosen:

If you did not take GEO2112 at Stage 2, you may spend Semester 1 studying abroad, subject to agreeing an overall selection of modules with the module leader and with permission from the DPD:

With the approval of the DPD alternative optional modules to those listed above may be selected. Recommended outside options include:

Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2018 entry.

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).

See further policies related to admission.


Physical geography careers

Our graduates’ excellent employment record is a sign of the flexibility and professionalism that our geography degrees develop.

The range of skills that geographers acquire is much sought after by employers, and our graduates therefore have access to a wide variety of careers.

Our degrees provide experience of a host of general skills including written and oral presentation, teamwork, project management, problem solving, numeracy, computing, mapping and graphics and research skills. 

Geographers are adaptable, and their broad understanding and range of approaches to the world and its problems are relevant to many different jobs.

Organisations that have recruited our graduates in recent years include:

  • the Scientific Civil Service
  • the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Raleigh International
  • the Armed Forces
  • the National Health Service
  • the Environment Agency
  • the British Council
  • Natural England
  • the Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Newcastle City Council

Many of our graduates also enter management roles with companies such as Unilever, Nissan and KPMG; some become accountants, bankers, computer programmers, teachers or research assistants, whilst others take up careers in environmental consultancy.

Others specialise in particular areas of geography by taking an MSc or PhD, and an increasing number travel abroad, in some cases doing voluntary work, before seeking paid employment.

Find out more about the career options for Geography from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding



Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.

Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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