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Discover planet Earth: from natural hazards to natural resources, from the history of life to the history of the planet itself.
You don’t need to have studied geology before and this programme can open the door to a career as a professional geologist in industries such as petroleum, mineral resources, engineering geology and environmental assessment. You will gain thorough and highly practical training in modern geology, with a strong emphasis on fieldwork.
F601 shares the first three years with F600, with the final year providing more advanced training in all aspects of geology. You will choose from a wide range of applied and more academic modules to create your own pathway. Again, there is high level of field-based training designed specifically to give you skills in data analysis, synthesis, problem solving, research and reporting your results. Semester Two of Year Three can be spent abroad at a partner university in Australia or New Zealand.
This degree is accredited by the Geological Society of London, satisfying the requirements of Fellowship and Chartered Geologist status.
Programme in detail
In Years One and Two, we provide core training in all key areas of geology. You will undertake an independent field-based project and complete a dissertation in Year Three. Modules specific to the four-year programme include Volcanic processes, Mineral deposits, and Research methods. Year Three and Four field classes visit Northern Spain and Tenerife.
In Year Four, you will work within one of our research groups and complete a major geological research project. This will involve development of research and communication skills through a project proposal, literature review, journal-style manuscript and conference-style talk. Results often get published in international journals.
There is scope for an industrial placement with organisations such as Shell, BP, Exxon-Mobil, RioTinto, Anglo-American, the Environment Agency and the British Geological Survey. Many of our students successfully complete internships in industry between Years Three and Four.
This programme is recognised under the ‘Accreditation of Geoscience First Degree’ scheme of the Geological Society of London and is suitable for a professional career in geosciences.
Programme Year One
Year One aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to core disciplines in geoscience assuming no prior knowledge of the subject. A strong feature of Year One is the development of transferable skills (e.g. Geographical Information Systems (GIS), IT, essay writing, oral communication), integrated within a tutorial system. Tutorials are run by academic staff.
- 1 day in North England (October)
- 8 days in Pembrokeshire (Easter)
ENVS117 is a compulsory module for those without A2-Level Maths or Physics at grade C or above. ENVS153 is a compulsory module for those without A2-Level Chemistry at grade C or above. You must discuss this with your Programme Director at the start of the academic session.
Year One Compulsory Modules
Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics (ENVS112)
Introduction to Field Geology (ENVS109)
Introduction to Geoscience and Earth History (ENVS123)
Introduction to Sedimentary Rocks and Fossils (ENVS118)
Introduction to Structural Geology and Geological Maps (ENVS156)
Study Skills and Gis (earth Science) (ENVS101)
Year One Optional Modules
Climate, Atmosphere and Oceans (ENVS111)
Environmental Chemistry (ENVS153)
Essential Mathematical Skills (ENVS117)
Mathematics for Physicists I (PHYS107)
Theory and Laboratory Experiments in Earth Surface Processes (ENVS165)
Programme Year Two
Year Two takes subjects to greater depth and builds student skills in synthesising and evaluating geological data. A key part of the year is training students in preparation for their Year Three independent field projects, particularly in tutorial sessions run by academic staff.
- 15 days Geological Mapping Training in Spain (Easter)
To fulfil the aims of the year and ensure accreditation, all modules are compulsory.
Year Two Compulsory Modules
Exploration Geophysics (ENVS216)
Metamorphism and Crustal Evolution (ENVS212)
Minerals, Magmas and Igneous Geochemistry (ENVS247)
Research Skills (geosciences) (ENVS200)
Sedimentary Processes and Depositional Environments (ENVS219)
Structural Geology and Interpretation of Geological Maps (ENVS263)
Volcanology and Geohazards (ENVS284)
Field Mapping Techniques (ENVS293)
Programme Year Three
Years Three and Four lead students to research-level understanding of a range of Earth Science problems and issues, via formal teaching and independent research work. A major feature of the third year is the independent Field Project and Dissertation in which students have the opportunity to conduct a major piece of independent fieldwork and present it in a substantial report.
- 13 days Advanced Field Techniques in Donegal, Ireland (summer between Years Two and Three)
- 35 days independent project fieldwork (summer between Years Two and Three)
- 8 day field course in Tenerife or 7 days in Northern Spain
Independent project work involves:
Completion of dissertation during Semester One based on 35 days independent fieldwork during previous summer vacation
Dissertation write-up during Semester One, Year Three, of 35 days independent fieldwork
Students take three compulsory modules and can choose four optional modules as outlined below.
*Please note that students take one of ENVS374/574 and ENVS375/575 in Year 3 and one in Year 4
Year Three Compulsory Modules
Field Project and Dissertation (ENVS354)
Advanced Field Skills: From Sediments to Subduction (ENVS370)
Year Three Optional Modules
Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology (ENVS338)
Environmental Geophysics (ENVS258)
Introduction to Quaternary Micropalaeontology (ENVS342)
Mineral Resources (ENVS326)
Simulating Environmental Systems (ENVS397)
Applied Geology and Geohazards of the Canary Islands (ENVS375)
The Living, Evolving Earth (ENVS320)
Dynamics of Crust and Mantle (ENVS355)
Programme Year Four
Year 4 concentrates on the development of high-level research skills through training in research methods and completion of a major research project working within one of the departmental research groups. In this project you will choose the topic to be studied and will use state-of-the-art research equipment.
- 8 day field course in Tenerife or 7 days in Northern Spain
Advanced Research Project:
- Advanced Geological Project and Dissertation focused on one of the areas of current research in the Department e.g. Sedimentology, Rock Microstructures, Rock Deformation, Geochemistry, Volcanology, Palaeontology, Mineral Deposits.
Students take three compulsory modules and can choose four optional modules from the indicative list outlined below.
Year Four Compulsory Modules
Advanced Geology and Geology-physical Geography Project (ENVS405)
Current Issues in Earth Science (ENVS440)
Research Methods (ENVS444)
Year Four Optional Modules
Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology (ENVS538)
Dynamics of Crust and Mantle (ENVS555)
Mineral Resources (m) (ENVS526)
Applied Geology and Geohazards of the Canary Islands (ENVS575)
The Living, Evolving Earth (ENVS520)
Introduction to Quaternary Micropalaeontology (ENVS542)
Simulating Environmental Systems (ENVS597)
|A level requirements||AAB (this is the typical entry requirement) for this course.
|Subject requirements||Including two sciences
Acceptable sciences: Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Geography, Environmental Science, Applied Science, Use of Mathematics.
For applicants from England: Where a science has been taken at A level (Chemistry, Biology or Physics), a pass in the Science practical of each subject will be required.
|BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma||Not accepted. Applicants should apply to F600|
|International Baccalaureate||35 points with no score less than 4, inc. two Sciences at Higher Level|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||H1, H1, H2, H2, H2, H3 including H2 or above in two sciences|
|Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher||Not accepted without Advanced Highers at AAB including two science subjects|
|Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced||Accepted at Grade B with AA in two science A Levels|
|Access||Not accepted. Applicants should apply to F600|
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|Extended Project Qualification||Applicants who offer the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and meet our offer criteria will be made the standard offer, plus an alternative offer. This will be at one A Level grade lower plus a grade A in the EPQ, for example the offer would be AAB or ABB plus A in the EPQ.|
Alternative entry requirements
We are committed to supporting under-represented groups to access higher education through our use of contextual data in admissions. This means that certain specified groups who may have experienced barriers to their education may be made an offer with up to a two grade reduction from our standard offer. Please note that some exceptions apply. Read the detail on our contextual admissions strategy to find out more.
Additional course costs
We want to try and help you prepare for the day-to-day costs of studying. These might include things like photocopying in the library, buying textbooks and specialist equipment or going on field classes. We've put together some useful information to help you understand these costs, including where subsidies are available from your academic department. Please see our study costs page for full details.
Tuition fees for the academic year 2021 are £9,250.
The University reviews tuition fees each year. The current expectation is that the University will increase fees for each year of study normally in line with inflation as specified by Parliament. This is likely to be the Retail Price Index (RPIX)* measure of inflation. This means your fees will rise in line with inflation for each year of study.
Student fee loans are also expected to rise in line with the fee cap, to ensure that higher education remains affordable to all.
Exceptions to the £9,250 fee:
Some of our programmes charge less than the full £9,250 fee:
- Foundation programmes: the fee for the foundation year of specified programmes at Carmel College and Birkenhead Sixth Form College is £5,140.
- Programmes with a Foundation element: Psychology BSc (Hons) (2+2 programme with Foundation element) is run in collaboration with Wirral Metropolitan College. The fee for the first two years is set by Wirral Metropolitan College.
- Programmes with a year in industry or a year abroad: the fee for students spending a full year working in industry is £1,850. The fee for students spending a full year abroad is £1,385.
*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to the all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.
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International students are required to pay the full costs of their tuition in the UK with each university setting its own international fees. Fees for undergraduate programmes and a full list of fees are available on our International fees pages.
For information on tuition fees and funding for EU students, please see our guidance for students on the UK leaving the EU.
Included in your fee
Upfront costs (travel and accommodation) for residential field classes.
The University of Liverpool has a strong track record in widening access to higher education. With this in mind, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to support talented students from every background. See our Scholarships and Bursaries page for further information.