Geographies of the Living Earth (019GRS)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

What factors influence where plants and animals occur, and how have these drivers changed through time? How is the functioning of ecosystems influenced by historical and environmental processes?

This module:

  • explores the patterns and processes behind the distribution of biological diversity on the Earth
  • examines key biogeographical principles from a temporal and spatial perspective
  • determines how climate change and human actions have impacted our planet's landscapes and biota.

We will use a range of techniques to understand how contemporary threats to biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainable livelihoods will influence future conservation and environmental management strategies.


90%: Lecture
10%: Practical (Workshop)


50%: Coursework (Essay)
50%: Written assessment (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: