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Earth Sciences

UCL Earth Sciences covers a range of disciplines related to the physical conditions on our planet and, through the Centre for Planetary Science, on other planets. We study the Earth's crust, planetary evolution, mineral physics, palaeobiology and palaeoclimatology, polar observation and modelling, natural hazards, environmental geochemistry, and sedimentology. World-class research is used in module development.

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Why study Earth Sciences at UCL?

Both our teaching and research have scored highly in government assessments. We maintain excellent, informal relations between staff and students by keeping class sizes small, so your tutors really get to know you, and can help build on your strengths; and also through the active and popular Greenough Society, which organises field trips, lectures and social events.

What you will gain from study at UCL

You will have the freedom to choose from a wide range of modules, including field-based courses, and may elect to attend a module taught in a different UCL department. Students with sufficient prior knowledge may be able to take Level 3 and Level 4 modules, and should contact the Affiliate Tutor for details. Many of these are project- or field-based, thereby offering unique skills training.

Teaching and assessment

Assessment is based on written examination and coursework. Examinations are held in May; semester-only students are offered alternative assessment. Some of our modules include a mandatory fieldwork component which may carry an additional charge. For current details please contact the Departmental Affiliate Tutor before submitting your application.

Modules in Earth Sciences

Please note that this guide lists a wide range of popular module options, but it is not exhaustive and some modules may have changed or no longer be available. If you have a particular interest or academic requirement you are advised to cross reference the listing in the online Study Abroad Guide with that on the relevant departmental pages, and to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

Please note, due to space limitations modules GEOL1002 and GEOL1012 are only available to students registered in the department.

Level 1 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
GEOL1001 Earth Materials 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOL1002 From Petrology to Petrogenesis 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOL1003 History of Life 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOL1004 Dynamic Earth 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOL1012 Surface Processes 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOL1013 The Earth 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOL1014 Geochemistry 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 2 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
GEOL2008 Vertebrate Palaeontology and Evolution 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOL2010 Igneous Petrology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOL2014 Global Geophysics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOL2016 Principles of Climate 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOL2027 Structural Geology and Tectonics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOL2028 Isotope Geochemistry 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 3 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
GEOL3011 Geosciences Report 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOL3036A Biodiversity and Macroevolutionary Patterns 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOL3039 Ocean Physics and Climate Change 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOL3043 Earth Resources and Sustainability 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOL3045 Groundwater Science 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOL3047 Seismology I 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOL3048 Seismology II 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOL3049 Advanced Geochemistry 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

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