UCL Module Catalogue


Geochemistry (GEOL0008)

Key information

Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Teaching department
Earth Sciences
Credit value
General GCSE-level (or equivalent) knowledge of maths

Alternative credit options

There are no alternative credit options available for this module.


The module provides an introduction to the principles of chemistry as they apply to the Earth system. Fundamental concepts of geochemistry will be learned in class lectures and in practicals focused on chemical bonding, mineral types and stability, stable and radioactive isotopes, aqueous geochemistry, low-temperature chemical reactions, and organic geochemistry. Practical sessions will cement this knowledge as will a term project comparing natural and processed waters by giving the students the opportunity to analyse real world data of practical importance.

By the end of this module students will be able to provide a sound basis for considering the fundamental chemical processes operating in the Earth system, including bonding and minerals, isotopes and fluid chemistry.

Module deliveries for 2020/21 academic year

Intended teaching term: Term 1     Undergraduate (FHEQ Level 4)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
Methods of assessment
100% Coursework
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

The methods of assessment for affiliate students may be different to those indicated above. Please contact the department for more information.

Other information

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

Last updated

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