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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).

Geology Degree

Prospectus:

Further enquiries:

Dr Pieter Vermeesch

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.

Modules:

Year 1

Term 1 - Autumn Term 

Module CodeCredit ValueModule Title
Compulsory:  
GEOL000115Earth Materials
GEOL000715The Earth
GEOL000815Geochemistry 
Options:  
GEOL000515Foundations of Physical Geoscience (compulsory for students without A-Level Mathematics)
MATH004915Mathematics (A-Level Mathematics required)
HPSC000815Science Communication and Public Engagement 
HPSC000915Revealing Science

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

Term 1 - Autumn Term 

Module CodeCredit ValueModule Title
Compulsory:   
GEOL000915Vertebrate Palaeontology & Evolution
GEOL001215Global Geophysics
GEOL001515Maps, Images & Structures
GEOL001615Structural Geology & Tectonics 
Fieldwork:
 
  
Scotland
 
 Part of GEOL0015 Maps, Images & Structures (taught at the end of the preceding summer vacation) 

Term 2 - Spring Term

Module CodeCredit ValueModule Title
Compulsory:   
GEOL001015Surface Processes & Structures
GEOL001115Igneous Petrology
GEOL001715Isotope Geology
Options:   
GEOL001315Principles of Climate 
GEOL0018
 
15Numerical Methods for Earth Sciences 
HPSC002315Evolution in Science and Culture 
HPSC0036
 
15Engaging the Public with Science 
Fieldwork:  
Pyrenees Part of GEOL0010 Surface Processes & Structures (taught in the Easter vacation)
Year 3

Term 1 - Autumn Term 

Module CodeCredit ValueModule Title
Compulsory:  
GEOL002430Geological/Environmental Mapping Project
Options:  
GEOL002115Biodiversity & Macroevolutionary Studies 
GEOL002915Seismology I
GEOL002215 Ocean Physics and Climate Change 
GEOL003215 Metamorphism and Metapmorphic Processes 
Fieldwork:  
Mapping Part of GEOL0024 Geological/Environmental Mapping Project

Term 1 & 2 

Module CodeCredit ValueModule Title
Options:  
GEOL001415 Geosciences Report 

Term 2 - Spring Term

Module CodeCredit ValueModule Title
Compulsory:  
GEOL005715Geodynamics and Global Tectonics
GEOL002315Crustal Dynamics, Mountain Building & Basin Evolution (fieldtrip only; no classroom element)
GEOL002515Earth Resources & Sustainability
 Options:  
GEOL002715 Groundwater Science
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 165 credits at Level 6, and achieved a mean mark of at least 60% for the Third Year of study.

Term 1 - Autumn Term 

Module CodeCredit ValueModule Title
Options:   
GEOL002615Earth & Planetary Materials
GEOL005215Physical Volcanology & Volcanic Hazard
GEOL004315Tectonic Geomorphology
GEOL004415Palaeoceanography
GEOL003515 Sustainable Management of the Environment 
Term 1 & 2 
Module CodeCredit ValueModule Title
Compulsory:  
GEOL007245Independent MSci Project
GEOL003915Earth & Planetary System Science

Term 2 - Spring Term

Module CodeCredit ValueModule Title
Options:   
GEOL005415Earthquake Seismology & Earthquake Hazards (places are limited and cannot be guaranteed)
GEOL004515Palaeoclimatology
GEOL004015Melting and Volcanism
GEOL004615Deep Earth & Planetary Modelling 
GEOL003615 Advanced Biodiversity and Macroevolutionary Studies 
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.