Swansea University
Environmental Geoscience with a Year in Industry BSc (Hons)
Swansea University

Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in physical geographical sciences

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of physical geographical sciences at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22000 £22000 £26000
25-75 percentile range £19000 - £27000 £18000 - £26500 £21000 - £33000

Salary of all UK Graduates of physical geographical sciences

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23987 £23559 £28948
25-75 percentile range £20000 - £27027 £18934 - £29359 £22317 - £36138

Course Description

From investigating the physical processes that shape our planet, to the environmental changes that have occurred over hundreds of millions of years, environmental geoscience is a fascinating and highly topical subject.

If you're particularly focused on enhancing your employability and have a keen interest in physical geography and geology, this scheme will equip you with highly desirable practical, numerical and computational skills for a wide range of careers. These include regional planning, environmental management, local authority work, financial planning, computing or business and retail management.

Our strong relationships with industry enable us to provide great work experience opportunities to enhance your employability. We help you find a work placement and support you during year year in industry.

Swansea University is Welsh University of the Year, and runner up for University of the Year Ranked (Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2017). Our students rank us consistently highly in the National Student Survey and we are currently top in the UK for student satisfaction (100% for Geology in 2018). We are ideally placed to offer exceptional fieldwork opportunities. Just a short drive from the UK's first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Gower Peninsula, you will have easy access to the Brecon Beacons, rural west Wales and the urban and industrial landscapes of South Wales. You'll also have an opportunity to carry out fieldwork overseas in Austria, Malaysian Borneo, Mallorca or Vancouver.

Through this degree, you will explore cutting-edge issues such as understanding and living with natural hazards, glacial environments and processes and restructuring quaternary environmental change. You'll also get the chance to develop some valuable transferable work skills in your penultimate year of study through an industrial placement.

You will be taught in our £4.2m state-of-the-art Science laboratories, in a vibrant and friendly department ranked 8th in the UK for research impact (REF 2014), 12th for Geology (Complete University Guide] and 20th for research quality (Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2018). You'll have access to our high-performance computer lab for processing and interpreting satellite Earth observation and GIS data, a stable isotope ratio mass spectrometer, a climatic test chamber, mineral magnetic characterisation equipment and an automatic organic carbon analyser.

You will learn from internationally renowned academics including Professor Tavi Murray, the first woman to be awarded Polar Medal by HM Queen, Professor Adrian Luckman, who has achieved global media coverage for his climate change research, Professor Peter North, who received international coverage of his work with NASA, and Professor Siwan Davies, whose work focuses on the dramatic changes to our climate.

"All the lecturers were incredibly helpful and committed to the students. Definitely choose to study at Swansea, not only will you receive an outstanding level of teaching from all lecturers, you will have an incredible experience outside of University exploring everything Swansea has to offer."

  • Jack Philpott, BSc Environmental Geoscience

We guarantee that you will be made a conditional offer for a course at Swansea University. Subject requirements will apply. Please come along to our next Open Day or get in touch for further information.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Environmental Geoscience with a Year in Industry, BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Environmental Geoscience with a Year in Industry BSc (Hons) at Swansea University

25% Business and public service associate professionals
15% Elementary occupations
10% Administrative occupations
10% Teaching Professionals
10% Sales occupations
5% Conservation and environment professionals
5% Engineering professionals
5% Information Technology Professionals
5% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals

On the BSc Physical Earth Science course you will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes and field classes. You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including examinations, coursework, practical work, fieldwork and continuous assessment from tutorials. You will also complete a dissertation in Year Three.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for physical geographical sciences

Qualification requirements

To include Geography or a related subject (eg. Sociology or World Development, Geology or Environmental Science; or an additional Science subject)

To include Grade B in Geography (or related subject)

Access to HE (Science or Humanities): Pass with Distinction (27-24 Distinctions to include 3 in Geography or an appropriate subject, plus 15 Merits)

We recognise the EPQ as an excellent indicator of success. If you are predicted a grade B or above in the EPQ, you will receive an offer with a one grade reduction, to include your EPQ with a grade B.

To include 5 in Higher Level Geography

Plus A-Level Grade B in Geography or a related subject

Requirements are as for A-Levels where you can substitute the same non-specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level core Grade

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All Degrees

Please visit our International pages:- http://www.swansea.ac.uk/science/international/

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Environmental Geoscience with a Year in Industry, BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Swansea University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Swansea University in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #3 
    • #411 
    Environmental Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #34 
    Geography & Environmental Science
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #366 
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #201 
    Physical Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #481 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #3 
    • #151 
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #251 
    Social Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]

See all 27 university rankings of Swansea University

About Swansea University

Swansea University was established in 1920 and is located in the large city of Swansea, in Wales. There are two campuses, the flagship campus is located between Singleton Park, with its green parkland and botanical gardens, and Swansea Bay beach. The more recent Bay Campus on the other hand is located on an extensive beachfront property on the eastern side of town, past the marina. Apart from a vibrant academic life, students can attend the numerous yearly festivals that take place in Swansea, guaranteeing plenty of opportunities for getting out and about in your free time.

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Where is this programme taught

Swansea University - Singleton Campus
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