This four-year BSc in Marine Geography includes a placement year in industry so that you can gain valuable experience working in a relevant company or organisation as well as completing your academic studies. Cardiff is the birthplace of the discipline of Marine Geography in the UK. This degree programme has been running since 1976 and is an extremely successful training route for employment in the marine and coastal sector or for future academic study. The degree is an exciting blend of the physical and human geography of deep sea marine and coastal environments. A major component of this programme is hands-on fieldwork including coastal and offshore mapping of the marine environment to understand its physical and biological characteristics. This work involves using some of the most advanced and exciting technology available. Situated in an estuary with a large tidal range and with access to a wide variety of coastal environments, Cardiff is an excellent base for both traditional fieldwork and innovative sea-time training. The School operates its own Research Vessel Guiding Light, a 12-metre boat used by all undergraduates as part of its research-led teaching programme. Additional fieldwork currently includes overseas field courses to Jersey, Malta and Spain, where aspects of physical geography (such as biodiversity, water quality and seabed mapping) are combined with applied use within human geography (such as legislation, management and science into policy). Distinctive features This programme involves a common first term allowing you to experience aspects of Earth Sciences and Geography before finally deciding upon which honours degree course you wish to pursue. You will be able to take part in residential field courses abroad in year two and the final year is taught by staff who are involved in national and international research projects and you can be directly involved in the research pathway, data collection, monitoring and mapping, and report writing. Currently undergraduates also have the opportunity to apply for research-led summer placements in ecosystem research and port environmental management as well as the opportunity to have a year working with an appropriate company.