Geography and Geology Degrees

Few Geology and Geography degrees offer you the opportunity to get out in the field so quickly and as regularly as ours. We concentrate on the practical application of theory through fieldwork, bringing to life what you learn in the classroom. 

The University’s location for fieldwork is second to none. Cardiff, Wales’s capital city, the Brecon Beacons National Park, and the Glamorgan Heritage Coast are all nearby and provide a natural laboratory for study.

We offer a rich and diverse international portfolio of fieldwork too. You could study volcanic activity and environmental hazards in Sicily, or transect New York’s Central Park. If that’s not enough, you could discover conservation strategy on safari in east Africa, map geological features in Brittany, or consider deep earth processes in Iceland. Learning in and through these diverse locations will provide unforgettable experiences and essential skills.

USW students enjoy a modern learning environment, with purpose-built labs and industry-standard research and specialist software that includes ArcGIS, ERDAS and RockWorks. There are two dedicated laboratories with a large suite of transmitted light petrological microscopes and an extensive rock and fossil collection to support practical sessions. We also have facilities for geochemical analysis using our Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and wet chemistry laboratories.

Our Geography degrees are among the first in the UK to gain accreditation from the royal Geographical Society (with iBG) – the UK’s learned society and professional body for geography and geographers.