UCL Earth Sciences

Environmental Geoscience Degree







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Environmental Geoscience is concerned with the interaction between the Earth sciences and human activity, and provides a sound topical background in the environmental aspects of the Earth sciences. The programme is fully accredited by the Geological Society of London.

Prospectus: BSc UCAS Code F644

Prospectus: MSci UCAS Code F645

Environmental Geoscience Degree


Benefits

Degree Benefits

  • Benefit from up to three months of field classes in the UK and continental Europe, with financial support from the Department.
  • The programme is fully accredited by the Geological Society of London, and the department will pay one year's subscription for you to become a student fellow of the society.
  • World-leading research in mineral, ice and rock physics, and in geophysical hazards, is undertaken in the department and is used in the development of our courses.
  • World-class facilities include hosting the UK's only NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility, use of the UCL University of London Observatory, and collaboration with the Natural History Museum.

You will develop a number of skills, including the ability to gather and evaluate data, assess geo-environmental issues from a scientific standpoint, prepare written reports, lead discussion groups and use computational methods. Fieldwork provides a natural laboratory where you can develop skills such as rock identification, fabric recognition and map-making.

Degree Overview

The programme offers an integrated study of the Earth, encompassing the evolution of the planet and its internal workings, the development of its biosphere and atmosphere, and its surface processes, emphasising natural and man-induced development of the terrestrial environment.

You will gain a scientific training which allows an examination of environmental issues related to the Earth sciences, such as those concerned with natural resources, their use to society, the disposal of waste outputs and the understanding and minimisation of geohazards. The strong emphasis on fieldwork provides a unique opportunity to develop independent and team skills and problem-solving abilities.

The programme assumes no previous knowledge of the Earth sciences but builds on a firm foundation of basic science acquired during the first two years. The third year of teaching is research-led, based around the Department's research strengths and research grouping, and includes a field-based independent research project.

The first two years of the BSc and MSci programmes will be the same. However, the additional fourth year of the MSci allows for an individual research project and advanced options, providing extra depth and breadth of knowledge. We recommend you apply for an MSci initially, as this keeps more options open.

Your Learning

We use a mixture of lectures, practical 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, as well as to develop key transferable skills such as critical analysis, report writing, team working and organisational skills.

Assessment

You will be assessed by a combination of written examinations, practical examinations, coursework, independent project reports and an oral examination.

Modules






Environmental Geoscience Modules 

Current students must read the registration details.

Term 1 - Autumn Term 
Module Code Unit Value Module Title
Compulsory:
   
GEOL1001 0.5 Earth Materials
GEOL1013 0.5 The Earth
GEOG1002 0.5
Environmental Systems & Processes
GEOL1014
0.5
Geochemistry
Term 2 - Spring Term
Module Code Unit Value Module Title
Compulsory:
   
GEOL1002 0.5 From Petrology to Petrogenesis
GEOL1003 0.5 History of Life
GEOL1004 0.5 Dynamic Earth
GEOL1012 0.5 Surface Processes
Fieldwork:    
Dorset/Devon Coast   Part of GEOL1012 Surface Processes
Norfolk Coast   Part of GEOL1012 Surface Processes
Cornwall/Devon Coast   Part of GEOL1002 From Petrology to Petrogenesis

This programme may be modified. Notice of any changes will be posted on the departmental website. 

Term 1 - Autumn Term 

Current students must read the registration details.

Module Code Unit Value Module Title
Compulsory:
   
GEOL2028
0.5 Isotope Geology
GEOL2026 0.5 Maps, Images and Structures
Options:
   
GEOL2008
0.5
Vertebrate Palaeontology & Evolution
GEOL1006
0.5
Foundations of Physical Geoscience (complusory for students without A-Level Mathematics)
GEOL2014 0.5
Global Geophysics
MATH6501 0.5
Mathematics (option for students with A-level Mathematics)
GEOG2005 0.5
Geomorphology
GEOG2007
0.5
Ecological Patterns & Processes
GEOG2020
0.5
Hydroclimatology
Fieldwork:    
Italy   Part of GEOL2026 Maps, Images & Structures
Term 2 - Spring Term
Module Code Unit Value Module Title
Compulsory:
   
GEOL2009 0.5 Surface Processes & Structures
GEOL2027 0.5 Structural Geology & Tectonics
Options:    
GEOG2008 0.5 Reconstructing Past Environments
GEOG2021 0.5 Environmental Remote Sensing
Fieldwork:    
Pyrenees   Part of GEOL2009 Surface Processes & Structures

The third year of teaching is research-led, based around the Department’s research strengths and research grouping. 

The 1 cu module "Biodiversity and Macroevolutionary Patterns" is delivered through a problem oriented learning approach. This is a proven and highly effective way for students to learn, encouraging students to be active agents in constructing their own knowledge, through both team working and individual effort, guided instruction and self-learning.

Current students must read the registration details.

Term 1 - Autumn Term 
Module Code Unit Value Module Title
Compulsory:
   
GEOL3042 1.0 Geological/Environmental Mapping Project
Options:
   
GEOL3030
0.5
Field Methods in Active Tectonics (places are limited)
GEOL3036A
0.5
Biodiversity & Macroevolutionary Patterns(cannot be taken with GEOL3036)
GEOG3057
0.5
Global Environmental Change
Fieldwork:    
Mapping   Part of GEOL3042 Geological/Environmental Mapping Project
Term 1 & 2 
Module Code Unit Value Module Title
Options:
   
GEOL3011  0.5  Geosciences Report 
GEOL3036 1.0 Biodiversity & Macroevolutionary Patterns
Term 2 - Spring Term
Module Code Unit Value Module Title
Compulsory:
   

GEOL3045

0.5

Groundwater Science

Options:
   
GEOL3040 0.5
Crustal Dynamics, Mountain Building & Basin Evolution (fieldtrip only see below; no classroom element)
GEOL3043 0.5 Earth Resources & Sustainability
Fieldwork:    
SE Spain   GEOL3040 Crustal Dynamics, Mountain Building & Basin Evolution

MSci Co-ordinator: Dr. Ian Wood

The fourth MSci year is primarily intended as a research year with a major 1.5 cu independent research project, linked to a research group in our Research School and a 0.5 cu research seminar series. In addition, students take four 0.5 cu modules from the Research School’s masters’ teaching programme. 

Term 1 - Autumn Term 
Module Code Unit Value Module Title
Options:
   
GEOLM006 0.5 Earth & Planetary Materials
GEOLM008 0.5 Physical Volcanology & Volcanic Hazard(places are limited and cannot be guaranteed)
GEOLM010 0.5 Tectonic Geomorphology
GEOLM018 0.5 Palaeoceanography
Term 1 & 2 
Module Code Unit Value Module Title
Compulsory:
   
GEOLM003 0.5
Earth & Planetary System Science
GEOLM905 1.5 Independent MSci Project
Options:
   
Term 2 - Spring Term
Module Code Unit Value Module Title
Options:
   
GEOLM002 0.5 Earthquake Seismology & Earthquake Hazards(places are limited and cannot be guaranteed)
GEOLM012 0.5 Palaeoclimatology
GEOLM022
0.5 
Hydrogeology & Groundwater Resources
Fieldwork:    
Germany   Part of GEOLM003 Earth & Planetary System Science

Options available at Imperial College

Students may take up to 1.0 course units outside the Department. Students registering for a 0.5 credit module at another College should select INTC00_5 in Portico. For further information please contact Susie Rizvi.