Natural Sciences

Geography within Natural Sciences 2021-2022

This pages is primarily intended for existing students. It consists of modules available to Natural Sciences students, Joint-Honours regulations and general advice (which includes links to Departmental advice.)

The following lists the module code and the title of each module by the level of each module - clicking on the link will take you to further details listed in the Faculty Handbooks.

The last digit of the module code indicates whether the module is single, double or triple. The level indicates the year in which modules are normally taken, but it is often the case that students take modules from the adjacent level beneath the year of study. Visit the Subjects page for the general overarching rules and structure.

Please note that the modules on offer and the requirements for progression can change from year to year and that the only combinations of modules that are guaranteed to fit in the timetable are those splits between the two departments on an approved Joint Honours route (MSci and BSc).

Within Natural Sciences, Geography has BSc Joint-Honours programmes with: Biology; Earth Sciences.

In BSc students' final year, they are required to take no less than 20 credits and no more than 60 credits of Capstone Modules. These modules are denoted with G

Geography modules available to Natural Sciences students

Level 1 modules

Planet Under Pressure (GEOG1061)
Human Geography (GEOG1071)
Physical Geography (GEOG1081)
Introduction To Geographical Research (ba) (GEOG1222)
Introduction To Geographical Research (bsc) (GEOG1232)
Geographies Of Crisis (GEOG1241)
Understanding Earth's Principles (GEOG1251)
Introduction To Climate Change (GEOG1261)

Level 2 modules

Scientific Research In Geography (GEOG2462)
Social Research In Geography (GEOG2472)
Urban Geography (GEOG2511)
Glaciers And Glaciation (GEOG2531)
Geographies Of Development (GEOG2541)
Contested Environments (GEOG2551)
Social And Cultural Geography (GEOG2561)
Reconstructing Environmental Change (GEOG2571)
Political Geography (GEOG2581)
Handling Geographic Information (GEOG2591)
Mountain Landscapes (GEOG2611)
Theory And Concepts In Contemporary Human Geography (GEOG2621)
Economic Geography (GEOG2641)
Carbon And Biogeochemical Cycles (GEOG2651)
Climate Change: Geographical Perspectives (GEOG2661)

Level 3 modules

Global Environmental Politics (GEOG30B7)
Contesting Citizenship; Activism, Advocacy, Asylum (GEOG30C7)
Understanding Land Conflicts (GEOG30E7)
Critical Resource Geographies (GEOG30G7)
Earth Surface Processes And Landscape Evolution (GEOG30I7)
Ice Age Environments (GEOG30K7)
Political Geographies Of Population (GEOG30L7)
Sea-level Change And Coastal Evolution (GEOG3191)
Dissertation In Geography AG (GEOG3232)
Remote Sensing (GEOG3261)
Dissertation (double Module) In Geography BG (GEOG3432)
River Dynamics (GEOG3461)
Philosophy And Geography (GEOG3481)
Berlin: Culture, Politics And Contestation (GEOG3501)
The Arctic (Contact Geography for up to date availability) (GEOG3521)
Territory And Geopolitics (GEOG3581)
Natural Hazards, Risk And Resilience (GEOG3621)
Oceans Past And Present (GEOG3641)
Politics And Space (GEOG3661)
Iceland: Field Research In Glacial Environments (GEOG3691)
Mountain Hazards (Contact Geography for up to date availability) (GEOG3701)
Landslides (GEOG3807)
Antarctic Environments (GEOG3817)
Geography Of Difference (GEOG3931)
Peatland Geomorphology And Management (GEOG3947)
Geographies Of Money And Finance (GEOG3957)
Cape Town: Geographies Of Energy Transition (GEOG3971)
Catchment Modelling For Management (GEOG3987)
Feminist Geographies: Intimacy, Body, State (GEOG3997)

Requirements for Joint Honours (BSc Programmes)

Physical Geography
Year 1

40 credits: Introduction To Geographical Research (bsc) (GEOG1232)

Year 2

60 credits: Scientific Research In Geography (GEOG2462) and at least 20 credits from: Handling Geographic Information (GEOG2591); Climate Change: Geographical Perspectives (GEOG2661); Contested Environments (GEOG2551); Glaciers And Glaciation (GEOG2531); Mountain Landscapes (GEOG2611); Reconstructing Environmental Change (GEOG2571).

Year 3

40 credits: Modules taken from Dissertation (double Module) In Geography B (GEOG3432); Iceland: Field Research In Glacial Environments (GEOG3691); Natural Hazards, Risk And Resilience (GEOG3621); Oceans Past And Present (GEOG3641); Remote Sensing (GEOG3261); River Dynamics (GEOG3461); Sea-level Change And Coastal Evolution (GEOG3191); The Arctic (GEOG3521); Antarctic Environments (GEOG3817); Catchment Modelling For Management (GEOG3987); Glacial Sedimentary Environments (GEOG30H7); Ice Age Environments (GEOG30K7); Landslides (GEOG3807); Peatland Geomorphology And Management (GEOG3947).

Advice for progression and other aspects

Natural Sciences advice
Year 1

Introduction To Geographical Research (bsc) (GEOG1232) is recommended to keep open the possibility of a Dissertation in Geography in the final year. Taking no or one module of Geography gives progression to modules in later years.
Progression from: GEOG1232.

Year 2

Scientific Research In Geography (GEOG2462) is required to keep open a dissertation in the final year and to ensure you are following the "Joint-Honours" route. Otherwise, this module is not compulsory for the more flexible Natural Sciences degree.
Progression from: GEOG2462.

For more information about the Natural Sciences degree programme, please contact:

Dr. James Blowey
Deputy Head of Faculty
Faculty of Science Office
Level 3 Chemistry Building
Durham University

Email: Natural Sciences Director

WWW: Natural Sciences home page

The Natural Sciences web pages are maintained by James Blowey