36 months
14600 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Physical geography and geology examines how the Earth’s surface is shaped by natural and human processes. This knowledge is key to addressing many of the complex sustainability challenges facing the planet. The BSc (Hons) Physical Geography and Geology course is offered at University of Plymouth.

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Our new modules explore geohazards and risk, clean energy transitions, and long term environmental change. With this BSc (Hons) Physical Geography and Geology  course is offered at University of Plymouth , students gain specialist academic, international fieldwork and laboratory skills providing a springboard to an exciting and diverse range of careers.

Our geological science students have tremendous opportunities to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in a variety of work settings. Our hands-on approach to teaching and learning throughout the course will provide you with the topical skills and experience that you can apply to the wide range of career options as graduates.

Key Features:

  • Our new modules address critical sustainability challenges: reducing risk from natural hazards, harnessing cleaner energy sources and how to combat climate and environmental change.
  • Our approachable staff share their cutting-edge research and expertise through varied teaching practices in lectures, tutorials, practical classes and field courses.
  • Learn to apply the latest techniques in the field and laboratory. Our substantial fieldwork programme provides opportunities in a variety of UK and overseas locations including Death Valley USA, Spain, Sicily and Cyprus.
  • Study modules dedicated to addressing the connection between physical geography and geology, such as ‘long-term landscape development’.
  • Progress your skills in our open access laboratory, LABplus.
  • Develop your confidence with a personal tutor, providing you with weekly guidance throughout your first year.
  • Our PALS mentoring scheme provides you with support from students in the year ahead.
  • Plymouth's coastal location, close to Dartmoor and two UNESCO World Heritage sites provides the perfect setting for studying geology, with opportunities for fieldwork right on our doorstep.
  • Receive essential field safety equipment free as part of your welcome package.
  • Work towards becoming a Chartered Geologist, our accreditation by the Geological Society, the world’s oldest and most prestigious national learned society for geology, helps you to gain the required experience.
  • Take the opportunity to spend your second year studying abroad in Canada, Australia, USA or elsewhere through our direct exchange, Erasmus or ISEP programmes. Plymouth is currently the only UK institution to offer exchanges through ISEP, giving our students the greatest range of Earth science exchange opportunities available.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Dynamic Earth 
  • Earth Materials 
  • Palaeontology and Stratigraphy 
  • Fieldwork and Key Skills 
  • Hydrology and Geomorphology
  • Environment and Climate 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • UCAS tariff

112 - 120

  • A level
112-120 points range including a minimum of 2 A Levels, relevant subjects Biology, Mathematics/Use of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Applied Science, Geography, Geology, Design Technology. Excluding General Studies.
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma/RQF National Extended Diploma: DMM-DDM – science related subject. 
  • BTEC National Diploma modules

If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. 

  • IB: 28 - 30 points overall. English and mathematics must be included.
  • GCSE : Mathematics and English language grade C.
  • Pass an Access to HE Diploma (science based) with at least 33 credits at merit. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14600 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Plymouth

731 - 1387 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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