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Geology

The programme includes studies of the nature of rocks and minerals, their mode of origin and environment of formation; the study of past life and palaeoenvironments; the physics and chemistry of the Earth and major Earth processes such as plate tectonics and mountain building (tectonics). The programme is fully accredited by the Geological Society of London. 

Geology Degree

Prospectus:

Further enquiries:

Prof Paul Bown

How to apply

 

Together with subject-specific skills, the MSci also provides a strong intellectual and practical platform for those who wish to pursue non-geological careers as it integrates a wide range of ideas from many different scientific disciplines, including chemistry, physics and biology, and provides training in the application of scientific methods and knowledge to complex problems.

The programme includes studies of the nature of rocks and minerals, their mode of origin and environment of formation; the study of past life and palaeoenvironments; the physics and chemistry of the Earth and major Earth processes such as plate tectonics and mountain building (tectonics).

The programme includes field courses and independent field mapping projects. The field provides a natural laboratory where students can learn to apply and develop skills which complement and build upon lectures and laboratory-based coursework whilst being exposed to the true complexity of natural geological systems.

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.

Year 1 Bsc/MSci 

Core or compulsory modules

Term 1:

Term 2:

Optional modules:

Term 1:

Fieldwork:

Year 2 Bsc/MSci 

Core or compulsory modules

Term 1:

Term 2:

Optional modules:

Term 1:

Term 2:

Fieldwork:

  • Pyrenees, Spain (part of GEOL0010), taught in the Easter vacation

Year 3 Bsc/MSci 

Core or compulsory modules

Term 1:

Term 2:

Optional modules:

Term 1:

Term 1 & 2:

Term 2:

Fieldwork:

 

 

Year 4 MSci

MSci Co-ordinator: Prof. Ian Wood

The 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. To progress to year 4 of the MSci programme, you must have a 3rd year average of 60% or better and a nominal BSc award of an upper second, or better. Students who do not fulfil the required criteria to proceed at the end of the 3rd year may be considered for graduation with the award of a BSc Honours degree.

Core or compulsory modules MSci:

Term 1 & 2

Optional modules MSci:

Term 1

 

Term 2

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.