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What makes Physical Geography at Worcester special?

This fascinating branch of Geography studies the patterns and processes in the natural environment, from the atmosphere to the biosphere. With a strong emphasis on fieldwork, you will have every opportunity to get hands on with the land, whether walking in the footsteps of Darwin in Glen Roy, or mapping out a Swiss valley.

Key features

  • 100% student satisfaction rating in the 2015 National Student Survey
  • Strong links with national bodies such as the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Wildlife Trusts
  • State-of-the-art facilities to support your learning, including a drone, helikite, 2 river monitoring stations, and a virtual mapping suite
  • 85% of students in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating
  • Small classes, allowing for intensive fieldwork and more rewarding exploration of ideas

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

104-120 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including Access courses, European Baccalaureate and pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ. Please note that shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview.

Other information

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • Geographical Investigations
  • Earth Systems, Processes and Landscapes


  • Introduction to Geology
  • Introduction to River Science
  • Introduction to Ecology
  • Environmental Issues: Past, Present and Future
  • Science and Politics of Climate Change

Year 2


  • Mountain Environments, Landscapes and Hazards
  • Geography Field Course
  • Researching Physical Geography


  • Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
  • Soils and the Environment
  • Ecology of Fresh Waters
  • Meteorology and Climate
  • River Monitoring and Assessment
  • Natural Hazards

Year 3


  • Independent Study in Physical Geography
  • Mountain Environments Field Course


  • Work Placement
  • Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
  • Applied GIS and Remote Sensing
  • River Conservation and Management
  • Environmental Geology
  • Mountain Glaciers and Landscape
  • Ice Age Environments

In your first year you will explore the fundamentals of this exciting and dynamic subject, learning the subject knowledge and practical skills essential for more advanced study. Modules at this level allow you to find out about the fascinating and internationally recognised research and consultancy activities undertaken by staff, whose enthusiasm for their topics is infectious!

What really sets this course apart from others is its practical, hands-on emphasis. As a Physical Geography student at Worcester, you will enjoy a generous fieldwork programme, laboratory work, virtual field courses, computer practicals and a  friendly and supportive learning environment. These activities will help you to understand subject knowledge and develop a wide range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. This approach, repeatedly praised by external experts, is complemented by an assessment strategy that focuses on coursework rather than formal examinations.

Read our 'Guide to Geography'

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Think geographically and critically assess spatial and temporal change on physical and human processes, and their interactions at a range of scales.
  • Plan, design and execute a piece of original geographical research using a diverse range of analytical and observational strategies.
  • Work effectively in a variety of interpersonal situations that will enhance your communication and employability skills.
  • Apply your knowledge and skills to a range of contemporary geographical issues facing the earth and its people, and the evaluation of the policies which attempt to confront those issues.

Teaching approach

  • Lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals, computer practicals, local and residential fieldwork, individual and group project work, tutorials and work placements.
  • The emphasis on fieldwork and practical work is a distinctive feature of the programme, allowing you to develop specialist and transferable skills that will provide you with the edge in further study and employment. Strong links with local employers also provide interesting and exciting work placement opportunities.



What our students think:

"The BSc Physical Geography course at the University of Worcester was a challenging and fascinating course covering an array of topics, helping to keep it interesting throughout. It allowed me to develop many practical and analytical skills which I have been able to apply to my present job but also provided me with in-depth theory on various subjects which helped to improve my research skills and give me the knowledge I wanted to gain through completing this course.

"All in all I was very impressed with the course and would definitely recommend it to anybody interested in River Science, Mountain Environments and Geomorphology."

Sally Thompson, Physical Geography BSc


Where could it take you?

This course will prepare you for a range of interesting and diverse careers, including environmental consultancy, geographical information systems (GIS) management, local government and planning (e.g. town and country planning, regeneration managers, tourism officers, climate change development officers, data managers, community service managers), conservation, working with the wildlife Trust or Civil Service, research and teaching. Alternatively you may wish to continue to postgraduate study and other professional qualifications.

Geography graduates have a good track record in gaining employment in a wide range of professions and organisations, as a result of the broad range of skills developed through hands-on learning activities centred on the analysis of real world issues and processes.

There are many opportunities to extend one’s experience and enhance one’s CV by carrying out voluntary work. Staff members in the Institute have links with several local government (such as local authority planning departments) organisations and other environmental and conservation agencies and can help organise voluntary work (which can feed into Independent Studies projects in the final year of study). Numerous undergraduates have volunteered to assist in the collection of River Science field data in recent years and have gained experience in using our state of the art river monitoring equipment. This has helped some of them gain employment after graduation in the water industry, with environmental consultancies and the Environment Agency.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2017 will be no more than £9,250, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2017 will be no more than £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £91 per week to the £149 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Physical Geography BSc (Hons) - F800 BSc/PG


Joint Honours:
Animal Biology and Physical Geography - FC83
Ecology and Physical Geography - CF18
Environmental Science and Physical Geography - F891       
Physical Education and Physical Geography - CFP8


UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.


Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111

Departmental office

Lisa Hopkins
01905 855202

Head of Geography & Archaeology

Dr Cheryl Jones
01905 855425