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Environmental Geoscience

Providing a sound topical background in the environmental aspects of the Earth sciences.

Environmental Geoscience is concerned with the interaction between the Earth sciences and human activity, and provides a sound topical background in the environmental aspects of the Earth sciences. The programme is fully accredited by the Geological Society of London.

Environmental Geoscience Degree
 

Prospectus:

Further enquiries:

Dr Pieter Vermeesch

How to apply

The programme offers an integrated study of the Earth, encompassing the evolution of the planet and its internal workings, the development of its biosphere and atmosphere, and its surface processes, emphasising natural and man-induced development of the terrestrial environment.

You will gain a scientific training which allows an examination of environmental issues related to the Earth sciences, such as those concerned with natural resources, their use to society, the disposal of waste outputs and the understanding and minimisation of geohazards. The strong emphasis on fieldwork provides a unique opportunity to develop independent and team skills and problem-solving abilities.

The programme assumes no previous knowledge of the Earth sciences but builds on a firm foundation of basic science acquired during the first two years. The third year of teaching is research-led, based around the Department's research strengths and research grouping, and includes a field-based independent research project.

The first two years of the BSc and MSci programmes will be the same. However, the additional fourth year of the MSci allows for an individual research project and advanced options, providing extra depth and breadth of knowledge. We recommend you apply for an MSci initially, as this keeps more options open.

Modules:

Year 1

Please note that places on GEOG* courses may be limited. You are requested to register on Portico and await approval from the Geography department.

Term 1 - Autumn Term 

Module CodeCredit ValueModule Title
Compulsory:  
GEOL000115Earth Materials
GEOL000715The Earth
GEOG000515Earth: An Integrated System
GEOL000815Geochemistry 

Term 2 - Spring Term

Module CodeCredit ValueModule Title
Compulsory:  
GEOL000215From Petrology to Petrogenesis
GEOL000315History of Life
GEOL000415Dynamic Earth
GEOL000615Surface Processes
Fieldwork:  
Dorset/Devon Coast Part of GEOL0006 Surface Processes (takes place in the Easter vacation)
Cornwall/Devon Coast Part of GEOL0002 From Petrology to Petrogenesis
Year 2

Please note that places on GEOG* courses may be limited. You are requested to register your choice on Portico and await approval from the Geography department.

Term 1 - Autumn Term 

Module CodeCredit ValueModule Title
Compulsory:  
GEOL001515Maps, Images and Structures
GEOL001615Structural Geology & Tectonics
Options:  
GEOL000915Vertebrate Palaeontology & Evolution
GEOL000515Foundations of Physical Geoscience (complusory for students without A-Level Mathematics) 
GEOL001215Global Geophysics
MATH004915Mathematics (option for students with A-level Mathematics)
GEOG001915Geomorphology
GEOG002015Ecological Patterns & Processes
GEOG002615Hydroclimatology
HPSC0036 15Engaging the Public with Science
08GL35H6 Check availability with Birkbeck15Remote Sensing & Planetary Surfaces (you may select this module or GEOG0027. YOU CANNOT SELECT BOTH. Taught at Birkbeck) 
Fieldwork:  
Scotland Part of GEOL0015 Maps, Images & Structures (taken at the end of the preceding summer vacation)

Term 2 - Spring Term

Module CodeCredit ValueModule Title
Compulsory:  
GEOL001015Surface Processes & Structures
GEOL001715Isotope Geology
Options:  
GEOL001315Principles of Climate
 
GEOL001115Igneous Petrology
GEOG002115Reconstructing Past Environments
GEOG002715Environmental Remote Sensing
HPSC001715Science & Ethics
HPSC001315Science in Popular Culture 
Fieldwork:  
Pyrenees Part of GEOL0015 Surface Processes & Structures (taught in the Easter vacation)
Year 3

Please note that places may be limited on GEOG* courses. However, you are requested to submit your choices on Portico and await approval from the Geography department.

Term 1 - Autumn Term 

Module CodeCredit ValueModule Title
Compulsory:  
GEOL002430Geological/Environmental Mapping Project
Options:  
GEOL002015Field Geophysics (places are limited)
GEOL002115Biodiversity & Macroevolutionary Patterns
GEOG004415Global Environmental Change 
GEOL003215Metamorphism and Metamorphic Processes 
Fieldwork:  
Various Part of GEOL0024 Geological/Environmental Mapping Project
Royal Greenwich Park, Greenwich Part of GEOL0020 Field Geophysics (takes place in September preceding the start of Year 3) 

Term 1 & 2 

Module CodeUnit ValueModule Title
Options:  
GEOL0014 15Geosciences Report 

Term 2 - Spring Term

Module CodeCredit ValueModule Title
Compulsory:   
GEOL002715Groundwater Science 
Options:  
GEOL002315Crustal Dynamics, Mountain Building & Basin Evolution (fieldtrip only; no classroom element)
GEOL002515Earth Resources & Sustainability
GEOL002815 Marine Geology
GEOL003115 Advanced Geochemistry
Fieldwork:  
SE Spain GEOL0023 Crustal Dynamics, Mountain Building & Basin Evolution (fieldtrip only; no classroom element)
Year 4

MSci Co-ordinator: Prof. David Dobson

Before entry to the Fourth Year of an MSci course, a student should normally have passed at least 330 credits, with at least 105 credits at Level 6, and achieved a mean mark of at least 60% for the third year of study.

Please note that places may be limited on GEOG* courses. However, you are requested to submit your choices on Portico and await approval from the Geography department.

Term 1 - Autumn Term 

Module CodeCredit ValueModule Title
Options:  
GEOL002615Earth & Planetary Materials
GEOL004115Physical Volcanology & Volcanic Hazard(places are limited and cannot be guaranteed)
GEOL0043 15Tectonic Geomorphology
GEOL004415Palaeoceanography
GEOL003515Sustainable Management of the Environment 

Term 1 & 2 

Module CodeCredit ValueModule Title
Compulsory:  
GEOL003915Earth & Planetary System Science
GEOL007245Independent MSci Project
Options:  

Term 2 - Spring Term

Module CodeCredit ValueModule Title
Options:  
GEOL004215Earthquake Seismology & Earthquake Hazards (places are limited and cannot be guaranteed)
GEOL004515Palaeoclimatology
GEOL003615Advanced Biodiversity and Macroevoltionary Studies 
GEOG012215Biological Indicators of Environmental Change 
GEOG012315Climate Proxies
Fieldwork:  
Germany Part of GEOL0039 Earth & Planetary System Science

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.