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Thinking of studying earth sciences?
Geology BSc and MSci
- At least 105 days of field classes in Cornwall, Dorset, Scotland, Spain and Cyprus and independent field mapping projects in Scotland, Southern France and Spain, 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.
Together with subject-specific skills, the MSci also
provides a strong intellectual and practical platform for those who wish
to pursue non-geological careers as it integrates a wide range of ideas
from many different scientific disciplines, including chemistry,
physics and biology, and provides training in the application of
scientific methods and knowledge to complex problems.
The programme includes studies of the nature of rocks and minerals, their mode of origin and environment of formation; the study of past life and palaeoenvironments; the physics and chemistry of the Earth and major Earth processes such as plate tectonics and mountain building (tectonics).
The programme includes field courses and independent field mapping projects. The field provides a natural laboratory where students can learn to apply and develop skills which complement and build upon lectures and laboratory-based coursework whilst being exposed to the true complexity of natural geological systems.
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.
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.
You will be assessed by a combination of written examinations, practical examinations, coursework, independent project reports and an oral examination.