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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.
A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and fieldwork. 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
120 Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences first year students 2018
UK league tables
15th for Geology - The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
93% of 120 Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences graduates are employed or in further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)
Teaching operates out of the multi award winning Central Teaching Laboratories
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 Earth Sciences, and you will have developed transferable life-skills and independent thinking*.
*A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and fieldwork. The fieldwork 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.