Geology and Physical Geography BSc (Hons) Add to your prospectus

  • Offers study abroad opportunities Offers study abroad opportunities
  • Opportunity to study for a year in China Offers a Year in China
  • This degree is accreditedAccredited

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: F6F8
  • Year of entry: 2019
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : D*DD
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The earth surface system is dynamic and diverse, with changes driven by the interplay of physical, chemical, geological and biological processes in a wide range of environments.

Drawing on the complementary expertise of staff in geology and physical geography, this integrated degree programme provides a clear view of the controlling processes that link landscape evolution with environmental change and natural events that impact human activity.

Fieldwork in Years Two and Three at Liverpool is designed specifically for this degree programme integrating geology and geomorphology. Students have academic tutors from both disciplines in Years One and Two. Graduates from F6F8 (BSc) either gain employment directly or proceed to vocational MSc (such as Recent Environmental Change, Engineering Geology, Hydrogeology) or PhD degree programmes.

This degree is accredited by the Geological Society of London, satisfying the requirements of Fellowship and Chartered Geologist status.

Programme in detail

Your training will include the comprehensive study of surface and near-surface processes, relevant to many industrial, engineering and environmental employment sectors. Years One and Two cover a wide range of geological and physical geography topics, allowing for greater choice in the final year. A research-based dissertation is undertaken in Year Three on a geological and/or geomorphological topic. A two-week field class to South Eastern Spain in Year Three has been designed exclusively for Geology and Physical Geography students, integrating all aspects of the degree.

GSL accredited

Fieldwork opportunities

A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and field work. The fieldwork is carried out in various locations, ranging from inner city to coastal and mountainous environments. We consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same basis as all other students, and reasonable adjustments will be considered to address barriers to access.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

138 Geology and Geophysics Year One undergraduates in 2017

Graduate prospects

100% of Geology BSc (Hons) graduates are employed or in further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2015/16)

Department resources

Teaching operates out of the multi award winning Central Teaching Laboratories

External endorsements

All our degrees are accredited by the Geological Society of London, or (for Geophysics (Physics)) by the Institute of Physics.

Why this subject?

Benefit from access to our world-class teaching facilities

Our award-winning, teaching laboratories are the most advanced in Europe and offer you an inspiring environment to learn in. You’ll be taught to confidently use state-of-the-art research and industry standard equipment during your degree.

Have confidence for the future with our accredited degree programmes

Our accredited programmes demonstrate that you have gained the skills necessary for a professional career, enabling you to become professionally chartered. Geology degrees are recognised by the Geological Society of London and Geophysics degrees are recognised by the Institute of Physics. You will build the skills necessary for many areas of employment from environmental protection and consultancy, planning and conservation, through to the petroleum, geotechnical and mineral extraction industries and careers in scientific research or academia.

Develop academically with support from our network of staff and access to research groups

You’ll be taught by research active staff, at the forefront of their chosen fields, learning about cutting-edge science before it appears in textbooks. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake project work within the Department’s research groups.

Fulfil your potential in a supportive environment

Our excellent staff to student ratio means you will never be an anonymous student in an enormous class and you’ll have the opportunity to get to know all staff in the Department. You will have fortnightly tutorials with a member of academic staff in Years One and Two, and you will be assigned a personal tutor, who can offer guidance and support throughout your time at the University. We also have a very active Earth Sciences student society ‘The Herdman Society’, which runs academic and social events from guest lectures and fieldtrips to Gala dinners, symposiums and sports events.

Complement your studies with extensive fieldwork opportunities

By the time you graduate, our extensive field training will have equipped you with the specific practical skills necessary for a career in the Earth Sciences, and you will have developed transferable life- skills and independent thinking.*

* A number of the School's degree programmes involve laboratory and field work. The field work is carried out at various locations, ranging from inner city to coastal and mountainous environments. We consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same basis as all other students, and reasonable adjustments will be considered to address barriers to access.