UCL Earth Sciences


Teaching and Learning

We use a mixture of lectures, practical, laboratory classes, field courses, directed reading, problem-orientated learning, private study and tutorials to enable you to gain the theoretical knowledge and practical skills demanded by the programme you choose to study. You will also develop key transferable skills such as critical analysis, report writing, team working and organisational skills. On average you will be timetabled for around 20 hrs per week and you are expected to spend as much time if not more studying independently.

Courses common to all our undergraduate degree programmes during the first and second years provide core knowledge and understanding of the Earth Sciences. The programmes in Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Geoscience then allow you to follow specific interests, or you may choose to follow a personal choice of options within the broad Earth Sciences programmes. The third year provides opportunities for this specialisation and diversification, with an emphasis on individual initiative and problem-based learning. Fieldwork provides a unique opportunity to develop independent and team skills and problem-solving abilities. Whichever degree you choose, you will normally undertake fieldwork in the UK and mainland Europe. The additional fourth year of the MSci allows for an individual research project and advanced options, providing extra depth and breadth of knowledge. Detail on the structure and content of our degree programmes is given on the UCL prospective students website.

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