UCL Earth Sciences


Why study Earth Sciences?

Why study earth sciences?
Earth scientists may work anywhere on Earth – and also with material from the Moon, and with planetary images. They may travel widely, working in many different countries and climates: on an exploration drilling rig in the cold of Alaska or the heat of the Persian Gulf, in Antarctica, the Himalayas, at sea drilling the ocean floor, in arid environments seeking groundwater, and in the many naturally hazardous volcanic and tectonically active regions of the world. Geoscientists work in the field, laboratory and office gathering rock samples and making measurements, applying many and varied analytical techniques, interpreting results, computer modelling, presenting reports, and contributing to development of policy on the Earth’s vital resources and life-sustaining environment. Our graduates pursue varied careers path.

Degree programmes you may be interested in:

DegreeUCAS CodeA LevelsIB
Earth Sciences (International Programme) MSciF605AAB36
Earth Sciences BScF603AAB36
Earth Sciences MSciF604AAB36
Environmental Geoscience BScF644AAB36
Environmental Geoscience MSciF645AAB36
Geology BScF600AAB36
Geology MSciF601AAB36
Geophysics BScF660AAB36
Geophysics MSciF663AAB36

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Earth Sciences Open Day Presentation

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Live Experiment from our Virtual Open Day

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What our students have to say about studying with us

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Earth Scientists make many beneficial contributions to society, by:

  • understanding climate change and its dramatic consequences.
  • monitoring geohazards and predicting volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.
  • discovering and managing the world’s resources: hydrocarbons and precious minerals.
  • managing groundwater and ensuring pollution-free water supplies.
  • planning for environmental sustainability e.g. carbon capture and storage.
  • investigating the strength of bedrock, to support roads, dams, power stations and tunnels.

UCL Earth Sciences carries out world-leading research in mineral, rock and ice physics, climate change impacts in the polar regions, geological archives of past global climate changes, palaeontology, and geo-environmental hazards – all used in the development of our undergraduate programmes. Our World-class facilities are accessible to our undergraduate students. 

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