Earth Sciences at Liverpool offers accredited degrees in Geology and Geophysics that are highly valued by employers and will prepare you for a rewarding future career. You will be taught in a highly supportive environment by leading research-active academics who are passionate about their subject. You will learn in award-winning laboratories and benefit from our unrivalled field work programme. Our interdisciplinary programmes will enable you to keep your degree options open so that you can specialise in the area that interests you.
The University of Liverpool is one of the leaders in the UK for Earth Sciences, and is highly regarded for both its teaching and research. We offer a range of three and four year degrees in Geology, Geophysics, Geophysics & Geology and Geology & Physical Geography. All Earth Science degree programmes at Liverpool are accredited by the Geological Society of London or are accredited by the Institute of Physics.
At Liverpool, we place a great deal of emphasis on learning through experience. You will be taught in Europe’s most advanced teaching laboratories and will participate in a strong fieldwork programme that will help to prepare you for solving real work problems. You will have access to excellent resources, including research-level analytical equipment and computing facilities, and will be trained in industry-standard methods using materials donated by companies. All our degree programmes will provide you with specific scientific training, as well as equipping you with a wide range of transferable skills valued by employers. You will graduate as a practical, confident and employable Earth scientist.
We have a very active Earth Sciences student society - 'The Herdman Society'. The society runs academic and social events from guest lectures and field trips to Gala dinners, symposiums and sports events.
In Earth Sciences, we offer a range of three-year BSc (Hons) degree programmes and four-year undergraduate MESci (Hons) Integrated Masters programmes. All our degrees will provide you with skills that are both subject specific and transferable. We are also keen to emphasise the practical applications of our degrees beyond university, particularly in industry. Our degrees are flexible with different pathways, so it is possible to tailor the degree programme to follow your evolving scientific and employment interests. It is possible to change from a BSc (Hons) programme to a MESci (Hons) degree during your studies or vice versa, with high-achievers often opting to move onto our Integrated Masters programme.
Geology: Geology is the science of the Earth, including everything from the deep Earth interior through to the sediments on the Earth’s surface. It is a truly interdisciplinary subject, encompassing many aspects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths, making it very appealing to employers in all industry sectors.
Geology and Physical Geography: Physical Geography and Geology are intimately linked, but are often taught entirely separately. Our Geology and Physical Geography degrees offer a unique and truly integrated programme, which has been carefully designed to provide training in both earth surface processes and geology, drawing on the complementary expertise of academic staff in both subjects.
Geophysics: Geophysics investigates the fundamental structure and evolution of our planet. It involves the application of physical principles to the study of the Earth, and, increasingly, the other planets. In contrast to most other UK universities, we offer a range of geophysics degrees.
Geophysics is the study of the Earth, using remote methods such as seismic waves or magnetic properties. Earth Sciences brings in a lot of different sciences. I really liked the Open Day and it seemed a genuinely friendly department. Easily the best thing about my course is the field work, I’ve been to Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the Alps. In January, I go to Tenerife – when we get to use all the geophysical equipment you’d use in a job.