Geology and Physical Geography MESci (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: 4 years
  • UCAS code: FF68
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAB / IB : 35 / BTEC : Not accepted
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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. 

The first two years of FF68 (MESci) are shared with the BSc programme. The final two years provide a wider choice of taught modules and a comprehensive fieldwork programme. In addition, you have the opportunity to design and undertake a major individual research project that will provide you with skills in analysis, synthesis, problem solving, and reporting. The unique range of skills that MESci Geology and Physical Geography students develop make them attractive to employers in the geotechnical and resource exploration industries, as well as the environmental monitoring, surveying and planning sectors.

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 focus on practical and quantitative aspects of geological and geographical science through study of the interaction of surface and near surface processes on the earth.

Research-based dissertations on topics of your choice are undertaken in Years Three and Four on projects that are geological and/ or geomorphological. Year Four includes the opportunity for additional field courses to Dorset (applied basin analysis) or Tenerife (volcanic processes).

GSL accredited

Fieldwork opportunities

A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and field work. The field work 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

111 Geology and Geophysics Year One undergraduates in 2016

UK league tables

7th Guardian University League Tables 2017

National Student Survey

97% of our students are satisfied overall with their programme (NSS 2016)

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 degree programmes are accredited by professional bodies, demonstrating that you have gained the skills necessary for a professional career in your chosen field, and 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.

Keep your options open with our interdisciplinary programmes

Whichever programme you decide to study in Earth Sciences, we have world-class experts in geology, geophysics, marine biology and oceanography giving you the opportunity to take optional modules in a variety of disciplines.

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

You’ll join a Department with an excellent reputation for both teaching and research, providing you with a stimulating environment in which to study. You’ll be taught by research active staff, at the forefront of their chosen fields and this research-led teaching ensures that you’ll learn 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

Field classes are an important part of all our Earth Science degree programmes, allowing you to step out of the classroom and witness earth processes first hand, in a variety of locations. 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.