UCL Module Catalogue


Metamorphism and Metamorphic Processes (GEOL0032)

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.


The course aims to provide an introduction, with real world examples, to the main concepts in metamorphism and metamorphic processes including examples of modern research practice.

By the end of this module students will have:

  • the ability to identify different metamorphic rocks in hand and thin section and place constraints on P-T conditions of formation;
  • an understanding of the dynamical processes involved in high-pressure metamorphism and the complex feedbacks between fluids, reaction rates and large-scale strain in lower crustal environments;
  • knowledge of modern experimental techniques and an ability to critically assess the results of such experiments.

Module deliveries for 2020/21 academic year

Intended teaching term: Term 1     Undergraduate (FHEQ Level 6)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
Methods of assessment
40% Exam (3 hours)
20% Assessed practicals x 3
20% Assessed problem sheets x 2
20% Research project (2,000 words maximum)
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

Other information

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

Last updated

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