Natural Sciences degrees


Geophysical Sciences

Stream Representative

Professor Pieter Vermeesch: p.vermeesch@ucl.ac.uk


The Geophysical Sciences stream focuses on the physical and chemical processes that drive the Earth’s engine and their manifestations at the surface. You will learn to apply physics and chemistry from quantum mechanics to continuum mechanics to understand what the Earth and planets are made of, what their properties are, and how they make the Earth such an active planet. You will apply your knowledge of physics, math and chemistry and become skilled with instruments, data collection and computational analysis.


Students who complete this stream will understand:

  • How the Earth came to be
  • What is Earth made of? How do we know?
  • What are the properties and behaviour of Earth materials, from rock to ice?
  • What is the structure of the interior?  How do we know?
  • Earthquakes and seismology, Volcanoes and volcanology.
  • Physics of oceans and atmospheres.
  • Geofluids: water, ice, magma and hydrocarbons
  • Geophysical data, computation, equipment and analysis
  • A comprehensive view of Earth’s system and its dynamical evolution

Year 1

All Geophysical Sciences stream students take:

and must pick from one option from:

Year 2

All Geophysical Sciences stream students must take:

and choose 30 - 45 credits from:

Year 3

All Geophysical Sciences stream students majoring must take:

and choose 15 credits from:

Students majoring take 30 - 45 credits and students minoring take 0 - 15 credits of the following:

Year 4

All Geophysical Sciences stream students must take:

Students majoring can take 30 - 45 credits and students minoring can take 0 - 30 credits of the following:

The Geophysical Sciences stream combines with: