Molly Byrne, BSc Geography

Molly Byrne

Why did you choose to study BSc Geography?

When I was choosing a degree I was unsure of what career path that I wanted to follow after finishing university. Geography was always a subject that I had enjoyed at A-level, and at UWE it was a broad enough degree to allow me to explore different areas of the subject and find the area which I am most interested in.

What have you enjoyed most about the course?

Throughout my degree I have found the most enjoyable element is the close relationships you are able to build with both your peers and the lecturers. The smaller size of the course, fieldtrips and group work all encourage us to be a friendly close knit group.

What tips would you give to students about to start at university?

Keeping on top of your workload is key as it is surprisingly easy to fall behind. Managing your time and working efficiently are good habits to pick up before you move on to your later years of study.

What has been your favourite module and why?

Although I have enjoyed all of my modules, Climate Change and Environmental Hazards, was my favourite module. Climate change is a dynamic field which is still subject to much research. This therefore means that you are constantly learning up to date information.

The lecturers take time to teach the scientific context behind climate change. They also give you the opportunity to formulate your own opinion on the best action to take in order to reduce the effects of climate change. The lecturers also always try to make each lecture different with different group exercises and activities which diversify the way you learn.

What extra-curricular opportunities have you been involved with?

I completed the UWE Futures Award, which is an industry recognised award that gives affirmation to the effort students put into extra-curricular activities. In order to complete this award I became a PAL leader in my second year, which involved assisting in the teaching of first year students. Furthermore, I undertook a placement in Kenya, through the UWE water security programme.

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