Undergraduate

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Admissions Tutor

Professor Ian Wood

Email: earthsci@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 2405

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Subject area:

Earth Sciences

Faculty overview:

Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Department website:

Earth Sciences

Key Facts

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Geophysics BSc

UCAS code: F660

This broadly-based programme provides a complete study of the physics of the solid Earth and its constituent materials, and of its the atmosphere, oceans and ice sheets, leading to a firm foundation in geology, geological fieldwork, physics, mathematics and computing. The programme is fully accredited by the Geological Society of London.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades AAA-ABB
Subjects Mathematics and Physics required.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 34-38
Subjects A score of 16-18 points in three higher level subjects including Mathematics and Physics, with no score lower than 5.

Other qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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International applicants

International qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • The programme includes up to three months of field classes in the UK and continental Europe, with a component of financial support from the department.
  • UCL has state-of-the-art geophysical instruments including the new must-do technique of ground penetrating radar (GPR), a new magnetometer/gradiometer (for archaeological and environmental surveys) and new, modern seismics.
  • 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.

In their first two years all students study a common geophysics syllabus covering the fundamentals of global geophysics, geophysical instruments and fieldwork, laboratory rock and ice physics, seismology, physics of the earth's deep interior, weather, ice sheets and climate. Theoretical studies are integrated with a large element of illustrative practical work both in the laboratory and in the field. In the third year there is the opportunity to specialise in, for example, the environmental aspects of the subject; there is an emphasis on individual initiative and problem-based learning.

You are able to take options in planetary science, such as Astrobiology, and space science, such as Solar and Magnetospheric Physics.

A modern approach to teaching is used with courses based around laboratory practicals utilising sophisticated research-level equipment, and around theory workshops. Fieldwork provides a unique opportunity to develop independent and team skills and problem-solving abilities.

The BSc programme is identical to the first three years of the Msci programme.

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.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Classical Mechanics
Dynamic Earth
Earth Materials
From Petrology to Petrogenesis
Mathematical Methods I
Mathematical Methods II
Surface Processes
The Earth

Optional courses

All first year courses are compulsory.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Global Geophysics
Maps, Images and Structures
Mathematical Methods III
Physics of the Solar System
Structural Geology and Tectonics
Surface Processes

Optional courses

You will select 1.0 credit from the following:

Environmental Physics
Igneous Petrology
Metamorphism
Physics of the Solar System

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Field Methods in Active Tectonics
Geodynamics and Global Tectonics
Seismology I
Seismology II

Optional courses

You will select 1.5 credits from the following:

Crustal Dynamics, Mountain Building and Basin Evolution
Earth Resources and Sustainability
Experimental Methods in Water-Rock Interaction

Further details on department website: Geophysics BSc

Opportunities

Together with subject-specific skills, geophysics graduates have a wide range of transferable skills, developed through fieldwork, computer modelling and independent research, which are highly valued by employers in general, offering opportunities for careers in the City, commerce and government.

All our students are encouraged and helped towards making informed career choices. We have excellent relationships with many employers in diverse aspects of the Earth and planetary sciences, and students are actively guided towards achieving their potential at UCL in preparation for their future careers.

In addition to further study, main employment destinations include exploration and production for mining, oil and engineering companies, groundwater resources management; investigating groundwater conditions associated with land use, such as planning, construction and waste disposal; and geological surveying, collecting geological information for maps and databases.

Destinations

First destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of Geophysics programmes at UCL include:

  • Geophysicist, Saudi Aramico (2011)
  • Full-time student, PhD in Environmental Science at the University of Columbia (2011)
  • Healthcare Assistant, Darent Valley Hospital (2010)
  • Private Tutor, Enjoy Education (2010)
  • Full-time student, PhD in Geophysics at UCL (2010)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

Your application

We will assess your application on the basis of your performance, or predicted performance academically, but we will also be looking for an indication of how your interest in natural and Earth sciences has developed, what aspects particularly appeal to you, and whether you have undertaken any research or reading to find out about the subject matter you wish to study.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Selection

If you are resident in the UK and your application demonstrates potential you will be invited to an applicant open day. This visit will include introductory talks on Earth sciences and our degree programmes, a tour of the department and UCL, and a question and answer session.

You may also have a one-to-one discussion with a member of academic staff in which we aim to find out more about your personal interests and motivation.

Applicants from regions distant from London and from outside the UK are not normally required to attend for an interview, and we reach a decision on making an offer on the basis of the application alone.

Video: applying to UCL through UCAS

Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£20,100 (2014/15)

General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

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