UCL Module Catalogue


From Petrology to Petrogenesis (GEOL0002)

Key information

Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Teaching department
Earth Sciences
Credit value

Alternative credit options

There are no alternative credit options available for this module.


This course provides an introduction to petrology and will aim:

• to introduce the principal building blocks of the Earth Sciences: rocks, minerals and their composition, formation and origins;

• to summarise the formation of the elements at the Big Bang and distribution of the elements throughout both the solar system and the periodic table;

• to show how elements combine to produce crystal forms, introducing the principles of crystallography and mineralogy;

• to demonstrate how minerals combine to form rocks;

• to outline the petrogenesis and variety of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.

The course will provide the student with a fundamental knowledge of rocks and minerals plus a knowledge of the available tools for their identification and the scientific language used in their description.


Module deliveries for 2020/21 academic year

Intended teaching term: Term 2     Undergraduate (FHEQ Level 4)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
Delivery includes
Field Trips
Methods of assessment
50% Unseen two-hour written examination
40% Field notebooks
10% Practical
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

Other information

Number of students on module in previous year
Module leader
Professor Adrian Jones
Who to contact for more information

Last updated

This module description was last updated on 5th March 2020.