This course applies geographical knowledge to the study of natural hazards such as volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, wildfires, tropical cyclones and associated flood events.
You will learn the key principles of geology, geomorphology, hydrology and climatology. You will apply the latest technologies in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to map and analyse natural hazards and predict their impacts.
If you choose this course you will benefit from:
- Residential field courses to build up your experience of the geography and hazards of the UK. In your final year you will have the opportunity to undertake an international field course;
- One of the highest graduate employment rates of all subject areas;
- Excellent opportunities to find graduate-level jobs in a range of public and private sector organisations. These have in the past included the Environment Agency, the Meteorological Office, the teaching profession and the emergency response and/or environmental departments of local authorities;
- Experienced teaching staff who bring professional and research expertise in to their teaching;
- An annual programme of guest lectures from visiting scholars, which has recently included talks on landslides and the use of GIS for hazard mapping. Talks have been delivered by colleagues from the Environment Agency, Severn Trent Water and Middlemarch Environmental (an environmental consultancy);
- Strong academic links with universities in Reykjavik, Venice and Stockholm and prestigious government institutions such as the Montserrat Volcano Observatory which feed into the course;
- The opportunity of professional training during a three month or twelve month paid placement;
- Student membership of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) which includes a subscription to Geographical Magazine and access to information and advice on career planning.
Detailed Course FactsTuition fee
- GBP 8586 Module (EEA)
- GBP 10950 Module (International)
Course ContentIn the first year you will be introduced to the main features of the physical environment, and the principal characteristics of natural hazards and disasters.
In your second year you will deepen your knowledge of specific natural hazards, methods of geographical analysis and issues of warning and informing communities of environmental risk.In the final year you will be encouraged to reflect critically on the nature of best practice in the analysis and management of natural hazards. You will also conduct an independent research project on a topic of your choice. Many students decide to base this on the experience they obtained whilst on professional training.
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6
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RequirementsEssential Entry Requirements:
- 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.
- A-Levels: BBC
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM
- International Baccalaureate Diploma: 29 points
No work experience is required.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
- Access Bursary
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
- Alumni Bursary
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Coventry University.
FundingMerit Scholarship Scheme
Merit Scholarship scheme: £1,000, in year one only and based on academic performance.
- Available to all international students applying for full-time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Coventry University.
- Scholarships are allocated on the basis of academic merit. (Postgraduate applicants must hold 2.1 or equivalent, undergraduate applicants must hold A-levels or equivalent at grades BBC)
- There is no separate scholarship application process: all undergraduate applications from self-funded international students from any non-EU country and postgraduate applications from international, will automatically be considered for a merit award. You will not have to do anything, if you are successful you will be notified in due course by the International Office.
Occasionally, funding becomes available to enable the University, either centrally, through one of the faculties or from other sources, to offer research studentships in specified topics or fields of study.Science Without Borders
Brazilian students are able to apply for full scholarship - including tuition fees and accommodation - to study undergraduate sandwich programmes at Coventry University.Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme
The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) offers opportunities to Commonwealth citizens to study in the UK, as part of the UK's contribution to the international Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan.
If you are a citizen of a developed Commonwealth country, you can apply for:
Scholarships for PhD and split-site (PhD) study
If you are a citizen of a developing Commonwealth country, you can apply for
- Scholarships for Masters, PhD, or split-site (PhD) study at UK universities
- Shared Scholarships for Masters study at selected UK universities
If you are a citizen of the Maldives, St Helena or the Seychelles, you can apply for:
- Scholarships for undergraduate study at UK universities
Ferguson Trust Scholarships are made available through the generosity of The Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust. The Trust was set up in memory of two generations of the Ferguson family to promote education, international friendship and understanding, and the promotion of world peace and development. The Trust supports people from low-income and conflict-affected regions who want to improve their knowledge of peace and reconciliation. Scholarship amounts vary and are dependent on individual circumstances and assessment.