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.
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.
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.
Environmental and Climate Modelling
This unit explores and critically evaluates key themes related to climate modelling and the science and techniques of environmental modelling.
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.
This unit explores hazards arising from geomorphological processes, their causal factors, human interactions, and techniques and strategies for their assessment, mitigation, and management.
This unit examines glaciology in modern and ancient glacial systems, including sediment erosion, transfer and deposition, landform development, glacier dynamics and glacier-climate links.
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.
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.
The Undergraduate Consultancy
This unit challenges students to deliver high-quality outputs from live projects to address the needs of professional clients.
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.
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.
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.