UCL Earth Sciences


Earth Sciences International

The opportunity to spend year three studying at an approved university in Australia, New Zealand, continental Europe or North America.

This four-year programme allows students to follow any of the MSci programmes offered by UCL Earth Sciences, with the additional opportunity to spend year three studying at an approved university in Australia, New Zealand, continental Europe or North America. 

Earth Sciences International Degree


Further enquiries:

Prof Dario Alfe

How to apply

You will initially follow the first two years of the Earth Sciences degree programme in a chosen specialty: Geology, Environmental Geoscience, Geophysics or Earth Sciences (including Palaeobiology and Environment and Policy) but with an alternative option of a foreign language if you intending to study in a non English speaking country. Fieldwork provides a unique opportunity to develop independent and team skills and problem-solving abilities.

Your third year is spent abroad, and you will return to UCL for your final year. 

The number of places available for direct entry onto the International programme is limited and, therefore, competitive. Eligibility to continue will be assessed in both the first and second years of study. Students failing to maintain the required standard will be transferred to the corresponding normal MSci or BSc programme.

Year 3 study abroad options:

Please refer to the UCL Study Aboard Options Guide (select the "MAPS" tab) to find out where you can go abroad.

Information for currents students only: Study Abroad Approval Forms will be available to collect from How to Apply

How will I finance my studies?

Please refer to the UCL Study Abroad Outbound Students Finance page.

For more up-to-date information, please refer to the UCL Students Abroad webpage or contact our departmental co-ordinator Prof Graham Shields

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.


You will be assessed by a combination of written examinations, practical examinations, coursework, independent project reports and an oral examination.