The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University is one of the largest and oldest departments of its kind in the UK. Nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Mid Wales, bound by the Snowdonia National Park to the north, the Cambrian Mountains to the east and Cardigan Bay in the west, our unique setting is a perfect place to study Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences.
Our students are taught by world-renowned and award-winning academics during each year of their degree. We offer single honours degrees in Geography, Physical Geography and Human Geography, all available with an integrated year in industry, integrated year studying abroad, or integrated foundation year. We also offer degrees in Environmental Earth Science and Environmental Science, for those with additional interest in geology and biology.
Our key themes at undergraduate level include: Quaternary environmental change, glaciology, fluvial processes, remote sensing and GIS, sustainability, urbanisation, rural change, cultural and historical geography, and political studies.
We offer a variety of local and international fieldtrips to contextualise content taught in the classroom throughout our three and four-year programmes. Laboratory classes, computer practicals and seminars are also at the heart of our teaching, providing our students with a range of opportunities to develop their transferable skills.
REsearch with Excellence
DGES has world-leading researchers in their respective fields. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), DGES was positioned in the top ten of UK Geography departments with regard to its research power, providing a measure of the quality of research, as well as the number of staff undertaking research. Furthermore, 100 per cent of our research was classified as having either outstanding or very considerable impacts in terms of their reach and significance. As our teaching is research-led the case studies, articles and books that we draw on in the classroom are routinely those that have been developed by our own staff.
Over 97 per cent of our undergraduate students are in employment or postgraduate study within six months of graduating. We encourage Year in Employment and Study Abroad Schemes, and offer annual Travel Awards of up to £400 for our students to explore the world and gain those real-life experiences. Throughout your degree we offer each student an opportunity to develop a range of skills that will ensure you are well-prepared for postgraduate study and employment once you graduate. Ultimately, we offer a rare combination of highly quality education alongside a high quality of student life.