Dissertation for Geographers
Building on an initial project proposal developed within the Year 2 Fieldwork and Research Design unit, students will identify and develop a topic of geographical interest and complete a substantial piece of independent research leading to the production of a dissertation. This will involve the collection, analysis, and presentation of primary and/or secondary data.
Sustainable Resource and Waste Management
This unit explores the role of consumption, production and waste management in driving the transition from a linear (take-make-use-dispose) to a circular economy.
Environmental Impact Assessment
This unit provides a practical overview of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and its requirements under the UK Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations.
Volcanoes and Society
This unit will examine planetary differentiation and magma generation; aspects of global volcanic systems including the distribution of volcanoes, types of volcanic activity, magma composition, products such as lava flows, pyroclastic deposits and volcanic gases; volcanic hazards; methods and techniques to monitor volcanic activity; management and mitigation of volcanic hazards around the world.
The Undergraduate Consultancy
This unit challenges students to deliver high-quality outputs from live projects to address the needs of professional clients.
Specialist Field Investigation
Students will undertake fieldwork (typically an overseas residential field course) including field-based research design and implementation, and analysis and presentation of field-based data.
Space, Politics and Memory
This unit takes a socio-cultural geographical approach to the politics of how contemporary societies remember the past in creating senses of identity, particularly national identity.
River and Coastal Management
The unit will address the need for practitioners in river and coastal management to have an understanding of both hydromorphic processes and policy frameworks. Hydrological, geomorphological, environmental and ecological processes will be reviewed as an essential scientific information base for the formulation of policy, legislation and the operation of relevant agencies. Emphasis is placed on critical evaluation of the social and physical costs and benefits of particular strategies and practices of management intervention.
Planning Theory and Practice
The unit critiques the planning and management of the contemporary city. It also outlines potential future careers in contemporary place management and town planning.
National Identity and Globalisation
This unit explores how global and national identities are formed and contested, examining the spaces, places and networks in which such identities emerge.
Music, Sound and Space
This unit will provide students with a critical understanding and an enhanced awareness of the relationship between music, sound, space and place.
This unit examines glaciology in modern and ancient glacial systems, including sediment erosion, transfer and deposition, landform development, glacier dynamics and glacier-climate links.
GIS in the City
The aim of this unit is to develop the skills of identifying and applying appropriate spatial analysis techniques to problems in the urban environment.
This unit explores hazards arising from geomorphological processes, their causal factors, human interactions, and techniques and strategies for their assessment, mitigation, and management.
Geographies of Place-making
This unit introduces students to theoretical approaches to place-making, focusing on creativity and place, everyday place-making practices, tactical/resistance place making, and strategic place development.
Environmental Remote Sensing and GIS
This unit explores advanced Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing approaches to problem-solving in different environmental settings and applications.
Environmental and Climate Modelling
This unit explores and critically evaluates key themes related to climate modelling and the science and techniques of environmental modelling.
Cities and Architecture
The unit explores why and how geographers study architecture and buildings, highlighting key theoretical developments within the field. It examines key moments in the intellectual conception and practice of city making from utopian urbanism to iconic architecture and the evolving agenda of architectural conservation.
Bodies, Sexuality and Space
This unit introduces key contemporary issues in the geographies of sexualities such as the relationship between gender, embodiment and sexualities.
Applied Environmental Reconstruction
The unit investigates impacts of natural and human-related processes using a variety of methods and techniques applied to past environmental reconstruction.
This unit investigates sensitivity to weather and climate in natural and socioeconomic contexts, applying the latest scientific tools to evaluate the impacts of climate change.