Geography is a dynamic and exciting subject, focusing on global issues such as climate change, social justice, poverty, water distribution, energy, biodiversity, pollution as well as the regional and local impacts of these drivers on us, our society and our culture. Our Physical Geography degree lets you discover the processes and phenomena that help shape the natural world. It allows you to focus on the physical side of the discipline right from the outset and does not require you to study human geography modules in your first year. This course is ideal if you are fascinated by the structure of the Earth and its landforms. You will explore fluvial, coastal and glacial processes with a focus on the tectonic and volcanic processes that shape our planet. You will study physical and applied topics including: natural hazards, human evolution, land use change and human impacts on the oceans, soils and forests. In your second year, you can supplement your core physical geography with either field ecology or landscape archaeology. You will also be encouraged to apply your skills to contemporary issues of sustainability and how globalisation, inequality and power are impacting on our physical environment. Fieldwork is very important in physical geography and your academic activity will be supported by a range of outdoor learning in soils, hydrology, geology and ecology. These include residentials in the Peak District, Snowdonia and Anglesey in North Wales as well as an international field course to Spain. Option modules currently offer additional fieldwork opportunities in the Scottish Highlands and Norway. Why study Physical Geography at Staffordshire University? • We have highly satisfied students – achieving 100% (2016) and 95% (2017) in the National Student Survey • You are taught by accessible, enthusiastic and friendly experts: we are all Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, 3 of us are Fellows of the Royal Geographical Society, 1 is a Chartered GIS specialist and we have a National Teaching Fellow. We are nationally-recognised for our teaching excellence and our staff are engaged in a range of exciting and relevant research in the UK and overseas. • Our classes are small, meaning we get to know all our students quickly. We can tailor our support to your individual learning needs. • We have fantastic facilities including: industry standard Environment laboratories, GIS laboratories and computing facilities, a 24-hour library and our own Nature Reserve on campus too. • We are passionate about fieldwork – all of our core fieldwork is included in your fees. This includes a 3 day UK residential in your 1st year, a 5 day UK residential in your 2nd year, as well as a 6 day trip to Barcelona in your final year. These main fieldwork events are supplemented by a range of day trips to support learning in both human and physical geography. • Physical Geographers currently have the option to undertake training in Ecology and Conservation Biology or Landscape Archaeology, taught by experts from Biology and the Staffordshire University Centre for Archaeology. • Our city-edge campus in Stoke-on-Trent is modern and attractive and borders its own nature reserve on the River Trent. We’re right next to the main railway station meaning a 2-minute walk for train commuters, whilst the beautiful Grade 1 listed Hanley Park is around the corner from our main site. • We are highly accessible, being situated in the middle of the UK, whilst bordering some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. The Peak District National Park is only 25 minutes from site.