UCL Earth Sciences


Fieldwork Overview

There is a strong emphasis on field training in all earth science degree programmes.

The field provides a natural laboratory where students can learn, apply and develop skills such as rock identification, fabric recognition, map-making, and the geometrical solving of complex three-dimensional structures, which complement and build upon lectures and laboratory-based coursework, and expose students to the true complexity of natural systems. 

E-learning Fieldwork Resources

South-West EnglandProperties of Minerals and Rocks 
Ries, Germany -  the site of an asteroid impactA catalogue of minerals & textures in thin section
Introduction to MicropalaeontologyTutorial Module: Trace Fossils 


Fieldwork Photo Galleries (captioned)*

*content will be available from 2019

Undergraduate Field Trip: South West England (Year 1)Geological Field Techniques: Marche & Umbria (Italy) (Year 2)
Surface Processes & Structures  (Spain - Pyrenees ) (Year 2)Geological Field Techniques: Assynt (Scotland) (Year 2)
Geological Field Techniques: Assynt (Scotland) (Year 3)30 days independent mapping in optional locations either UK or abroad. (Year 3)
Crustal Dynamics, Mountain Building & Basin Evolution (Spain - Betics) (Year 3)Geophysics Fieldcourse UK (Year 3)
Impact Geology: Ries Crater (Germany) (Year 4) 

Fieldwork is a compulsory component of each degree programme and all fieldwork is assessed.   Field classes are structured so that there are specific exercises that must be completed to a high standard and handed in for assessment. These exercises may be undertaken as part of a team, so that as well as developing skills as an earth scientist, students should also be able to develop the personal transferable skills needed to organise, delegate and participate in teamwork activities. Many students find fieldwork one of the most enjoyable parts of their undergraduate career. It is essential to have suitable clothing and equipment, and to strictly observe standard codes of practice with respect to safety, behaviour and land access.