Fieldwork is an essential component of study across all degree programmes in the Earth Sciences. The positive relationships built up between students and staff through shared fieldwork experiences contribute to a strong ethos in the Department of personal motivation towards teaching, learning and research. All our field courses are linked to specific taught modules, and fieldwork assessment forms part of coursework examination. Introductory field courses are taken in SW England (Dorset, Cornwall) and Norfolk. In the second year, field courses are taken to the Pyrenees, and to Abruzzo, Italy (for mapping instruction). Geological field mapping projects are undertaken in the Lake District, Skye and Assynt.
Third year field courses are taken to the Betics in southern Spain, and to Vesuvius in Italy. A fourth year course linked to the core module Earth & Planetary System Science visits the site of an asteroid impact at Ries, Germany, and MSci students may participate in additional fieldwork as part of their independent project in the fourth year. The student Geological Society also arranges week-end fieldtrips, for academic interest and fun.
Expenses for the taught field courses are additional to the fees paid to College. The Department pays part of these expenses from its own resources, but nevertheless students should be aware of and prepare for additional expenses that will be kept below £400 in 1st year of study, and below £500 in the 2nd and 3rd years.