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). NOTE: As well as the conventional BSc degree, an optional one-year industrial placement is available for Marine Geography. This provides an opportunity for you to gain in-depth experience in a range of relevant industries. Students are supervised and visited by University staff while enjoying the experience and career enhancement that results from a ‘year out’. There are also four-year MESci and MESci (International) programmes. These focus on research training and critical analysis, making students who take these programmes very employable in a range of professions. Both feature a masters research dissertation in year four and the international MESci includes a year studying at a university overseas. 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 have the opportunity to undertake residential field courses abroad in year two and the final year which are led by highly research active staff and you can experience direct involvement in the research pathway, data collection, monitoring and mapping, and report writing. Undergraduates currently also have the opportunity to apply for research-led summer placements in ecosystem research and port environmental management.