Geophysics (North America) MESci (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: F660
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAB / IB : 35 / BTEC : Not accepted
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Module details

Programme Year One

Students take the compulsory modules detailed below.

Fieldwork:

  • 1 day in North England (Autumn)
  • 8 days in Pembrokeshire (Easter)

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics (ENVS112)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    The “Earth structure and plate tectonics” module provide an introduction to the Earth and aim to teach students about:
    1) the structure and composition of the Earth, the Earth’s gravitational and magnetic fields, and dynamics within the deep Earth; 2) the physics of Earth material and the geological time scale; and 3) plate tectonics.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On completion of this module, students should have concepts and knowledge of the physical properties and behaviour of Earth materials.

    (LO2) On completion of this module, students should have concepts and knowledge of the geological time scale and radiometric dating methods.

    (LO3) On completion of this module, students should be able to understand the plate tectonic model and the relationship between plate tectonics and geological and geophysical observations in the major plate tectonic settings.

    (LO4) On completion of this module, students should be able to explain and evaluate the relationships between Earth structure, composition, physical behaviour and Earth dynamics.

    (LO5) On completion of this module, students should be able to explain and evaluate the relationships between plate tectonics and geological and geophysical processes and observations in the major plate tectonic settings.

    (S1) On completion of this module, students should be able to manipulate geological and geophysical data to help understand Earth structure and processes.

    (S2) On completion of this module, students should have developed their skills in problem solving including simple numerical problems.

    (S3) On completion of this module, students should have developed their skills in numeracy through completion of assignments.

    (S4) On completion of this module, students should have developed their skills in information synthesis and collation.

    (S5) On completion of this module, students should have developed their skills in time management through assignment deadlines.

  • Introduction to Field Geology (ENVS109)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to field geology and enable students to apply knowledge and understanding that they have developed previously in lab-based modules.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate competence in rock, fossil, and mineral identification, and the identification and measurement of characteristic features of rock outcrops.

    (LO2) On successful completion of this module, students should be able to complete hazard assessments of geological field localities based on topography, access, tide times, etc.

    (LO3) On successful completion of this module, students should be able to record observations and interpretations in a scientific notebook.

    (LO4) On successful completion of this module, students should be able to perform sedimentary analysis through the construction and interpretation of sedimentary logs.

    (LO5) On successful completion of this module, students should be able to perform geometrical analysis of geological structures through the use of stereonets.

    (LO6) On successful completion of this module, students should have grasped the rudiments of geological mapping, GVS construction, and cross section construction.

    (LO7) On successful completion of this module, students should be able to use geological field observations as a basis to interpret outcrop features in terms of geological processes and environments.

    (LO8) On successful completion of this module, students should be able to summarize the geological history of Pembrokeshire, derived from the synthesis of multiple days of field observations and interpretations.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Teamwork

    (S3) Ethical awareness

    (S4) Adaptability

    (S5) Organisational skills

    (S6) Time management

  • Introduction to Geoscience and Earth History (ENVS123)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    Provide a broad, holistic introduction to the geosciences, emphasising the interdisciplinary nature of the subject, and being accessible for non-geoscience disciplines;
    Equip students to understand the relevance of the more detailed geoscience material following in the rest of their programmes;
    Begin to equip students with key practical skills across a range of geoscience disciplines;
    Begin to expose students to an indicative range of research expertise in the School of Environmental Sciences;
    Develop skills for learning by group interaction and guided research.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Explain current models for the origin and structure of the Earth, and summarise supporting evidence

    (LO2) Explain, with examples, the nature of most common Earth materials, with basic knowledge of why they are important

    (LO3) List processes that are modifying the Earth and it's biosphere, including human processes

    (LO4) Define the time and spatial scales involved in the Earth structure and evolution

    (LO5) Relate the 3D structure and evolution of regions of the Earth's crust using typical geological media such as geological maps and cross sections

    (LO6) Introduce the problem of a sustainable biosphere for a rapidly growing human population and the role the geoscience has in defining and tackling this problem

    (S1) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

    (S2) Learning skills online studying and learning effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal

    (S3) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

    (S4) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S5) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

  • Introduction to Sedimentary Rocks and Fossils (ENVS118)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the study of sediments and sedimentary rocks and to introduce the main groups of common fossil.

    The module aims to cover the basic language used to describe sediments and fossils and gives an introduction to a range of physical, chemical and biological concepts.

    The students are introduced to the economic significance of sediments and sedimentary rocks and how fossils provide information on geological time, evolutionary history and ancient environments.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 1. On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to describe sediments and sedimentary rocks at outcrop, hand specimen and thin section scales, identifying and naming key structures and fabrics.

    (LO2) 2. On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between process and product for both depositional and diagenetic features and be able to discuss the utility of sedimentary rocks to determine processs and, to a lesser extent, environment.

    (LO3) 3. On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to describe, name and identify and interpret the main features of common fossils.

    (LO4) 4. On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how organisms are preserved as fossils, and of the utility of fossils to identify ancient modes of life, environments and relative ages of rocks.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Organisational skills

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) Teamwork

    (S6) Lifelong learning skills

  • Introduction to Structural Geology and Geological Maps (ENVS156)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To introduce small - and large - scale geological structures.

    To introduce the principles of stress and strain.

    To introduce stereographic projection techniques.

    To introduce the expressions of geological contacts on maps.

    To introduce the representation of geological features on maps.

    To introduce the analysis of geological histories.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Knowledge and understanding

    On completion of this module you should:

    Know the geometry and nomenclature of geological structures;

    Understand the appropriate classification schemes for geological structures;

    Understand how selected small - scale structures may be used to interpret the geometry of large - scale structures.

    (LO2) Intellectual abilities

    On completion of this module you should:

    Have developed strategies for the description and identification of geological structures;

    Have developed strategies for the analysis of geological contacts displayed on maps;

    Have an appreciation of stress and strain, and the differences between them.

    (LO3) Practical skills

    On completion of this module you should be competent in:

    The use of a compass - clinometer;

    The plotting and manipulation of orientation data using a stereographic projection;

    The portrayal of three - dimensional structures in two - dimensions;

    The interpretation of two - dimensional representations of three - dimensional structures;

    The preparation of cross - sections and generalised stratigraphical columns from the information displayed on geological maps;

    The analysis of stratigraphical, structural and temporal relationships from the information displayed on geological maps.

    (LO4) General transferable skills

    On completion of this module you should have:

    Learnt by example how to use textbooks to support your studies.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Adaptability

    (S3) Numeracy

    (S4) Communication Skills

  • Mathematics for Physicists I (PHYS107)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To provide a foundation for the mathematics required by physical scientists. To assist students in acquiring the skills necessary to use the mathematics developed in the module.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) A good working knowledge of differential and integral calculus

    (LO2) Familiarity with some of the elementary functions common in applied mathematics and science

    (LO3) An introductory knowledge of functions of several variables

    (LO4) Manipulation of complex numbers and use them to solve simple problems involving fractional powers

    (LO5) An introductory knowledge of series

    (LO6) A good rudimentary knowledge of simple problems involving statistics: binomial and Poisson distributions, mean, standard deviation, standard error of mean

    (S1) Problem solving skills

  • Mathematics for Physicists II (PHYS108)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To consolidate and extend the understanding of mathematics required for the physical sciences. To develop the student’s ability to apply the mathematical techniques developed in the module to the understanding of physical problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Ability to manipulate matrices with confidence and use matrix methods to solve simultaneous linear equations.

    (LO2) Familiarity with methods for solving first and second order differential equations in one variable.

    (LO3) A basic knowledge of vector algebra.

    (LO4) A basic understanding of Fourier series and transforms.

    (LO5) A basic understanding of series methods for the solution of differential equations

    (S1) Numeracy

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Teamwork

  • Study Skills and Gis (earth Science) (ENVS101)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop essential study and disciplinary skills required by Environmental Scientists, both for their current studies and future employment.

    Introduce students to key approaches/concepts and ideas in the Earth Sciences.

    To help students identify and effectively employ appropriate sources of data and information.

    Develop students' study skills and provide essential training for subsequent years Develop students' personal transferable skills.

    To introduce the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to Environmental Science.

    To introduce students to computer programming.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Record field observations and ideas, and write a reflective account.

    (LO2) Plan and structure written work to University standard.

    (LO3) Demonstrate basic GIS interpretation and analysis techniques.

    (LO4) Use IT tools to find accurate and up to date information, including University Library resources.

    (LO5) Develop programming skills for use in later modules.

    (LO6) Develop employability skills through a CV and application letter exercise.

    (LO7) Develop ability to communicate science in a small group.

    (LO8) Demonstrate understanding of UoL Academic Integrity policy.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

    (S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

    (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S7) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S8) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

    (S9) IT skills in use of Microsoft software and in computer programming.

Programme Year Two

Students take the compulsory modules detailed below.

Fieldwork:

15 days Geological Mapping Training in Spain (Easter)

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Environmental Geophysics (ENVS258)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    This module aims to build on theory taught in ENVS216 through practical application of methods previously taught. In addition, fundamentals of remote sensing will be taught. The module will equip students with experience in a range of geophysical methods, carrying out surveys and associated data analysis and interpretation. How the various methods can be integrated will also be explored.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will learn fundamentals of good survey practice in electrical, seismic, gravity and magnetic methods to make them ready for field-based activity with industry.

    (LO2) Students will learn basics of remote sensing techniques and how to interpret images, including through the use of GIS.

    (LO3) To interpret, both qualitatively and quantitatively, practical data derived from the application of field methods.

    (LO4) To interpret graphs and remotely sensed data.

    (S1) Numeracy/computational skills - Problem solving

    (S2) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

    (S3) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

    (S6) Information skills - Record-keeping

    (S7) competency in using a range of common geophysical surveying equipment

  • Exploration Geophysics (ENVS216)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    This module aims to enable students to gain an understanding in the basic principles and practise of exploration geophysics.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of the module, students should be capable of explaining the principles of seismic refraction and reflection, electrical and electromagnetic methods, gravity and magnetic surveying and well logging.

    (LO2) On successful completion of the module students should be able to identify which geophysical technique(s) should be applied to the solution of specific geological and environmental problems.

    (LO3) On successful completion of the module students should be able to carry out simple interpretations of data derived from the application of these geophysical methods.

    (S1) Numeracy/computational skills - Problem solving

    (S2) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

  • Field Mapping Techniques (ENVS269)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To train students in the techniques required to make geological and geomorphological maps.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Knowledge and Understanding

    On successful completion of this module, students should have competence in:

    the geological/geomorphological history and structural geometry of a mapping area.

    (LO2) Intellectual Abilities

    On successful completion of this module, students should have competence in:

    developing lithostratigraphic models;

    three-dimensual visualization of geological/geomorphological relationships and developing geometrical models;

    analysis and synthesis of discrete observations to build an overall solution (map and interpreation of geological/geomorphological evolution).

    (LO3) Subject Based Practical Skills

    On successful completion of this module, students should have competence in:

    Map skills;

    How to locate themselves on a topographic map, both with and without a compass How to follow a linear feature and mark this on a map;

    How to record structural measurements on a map;

    How to record map data in the field How to ink in a map to make a permanent record;

    How to keep a notebook to accompany a map, including practical solutions for linking locality information between the two.Related skills;

    How to construct a cross section in the field How to construct a GVS in the field;

    How to develop lithostratigraphy from lithology, geometry and younging evidence.

    (LO4) General Transferable Skills

    On successful completion of this module, students should have competence in:

    Teamwork through initial mapping training in small groups. Time and logistical management constrained by the need to meet regular deadlines and the often unpredictable nature of weather conditions.

    Conceptual problem solving through repeated observation, analysis and synthesis cycles.

    Fieldwork hazard assessment and safe conduct in mountain terrain.

    Graphical communication through the development of graphical representations of geology/geomorphology (map, section GVS).

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Teamwork

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) Communication skills

    (S6) Leadership

  • Geophysical Mathematics and Potential Theory (ENVS201)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    To provide mathematical training required for geophysical research, with a specific focus on:

    Mathematical methods, providing a bridge between Year One mathematics courses and geophysical applications in Year Three and Four.

    The application of these methods, with particular emphasis on applied potential theory (gravity and magnetic methods).

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Knowledge of mathematical methods appropriate for geophysical science.

    (LO2) Advanced knowledge and understanding of the concepts of gravity and magnetic field potentials, fundamental mathematical framework of potential field theory, and application to data manipulation and interpretation.

    (LO3) The ability to manipulate gravitational and magnetic data using potential field theory.

    (LO4) Report writing from practical exercise, involving synthesising and presenting key conclusions rather than a simple practical report - to mimic professional reporting.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Communication skills

    (S4) IT skills

    (S5) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

  • Minerals, Magmas and Igneous Geochemistry (ENVS247)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To introduce and consolidate understanding of rock forming minerals and their properties;

    To examine mineral occurrence and environments;

    To consider the physical and chemical properties of magmas, how compositions of magmas are changed, and how magma emplacement history is recorded in rock texture;

    To use standard geochemical diagrams to classify igneous rocks and model the evolution of magmatic systems;

    To engage with new and emerging ideas in the mineralogical, igneous petrology and economic geology literature;

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Use the properties of common rock-forming minerals identified using a hand lens and a polarising microscope to classify and interpret common rocks

    (LO2) Be able to observe, record, interpret and present descriptive information on minerals and their properties, and interpret mineral environments, physical and geochemical processes

    (LO3) Be able to infer conditions and processes of emplacement and comment on economic resources through igneous rock texture and plotting/analysing standard geochemical graphs

    (LO4) Use basic laboratory equipment to plan and complete an experiment to collect and analyse high quality data

    (LO5) Work with geochemical data using Microsoft Excel and specialist geochemical plotting software

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

    (S4) Numeracy/computational skills - Problem solving

    (S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Self-efficacy (self-belief/intrinsic motivation)

  • Newtonian Dynamics (PHYS101)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To introduce the fundamental concepts and principles of classical mechanics at an elementary level. To provide an introduction to the study of fluids. To introduce the use of elementary vector algebra in the context of mechanics.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the laws of classical mechanics

    (LO2) understand physical quantities with magnitudes, directions (where applicable), units and uncertainties

    (LO3) apply the laws of mechanics to statics, linear motion, motion in a plane, rotational motion, simple harmonic motion and gravitation.

    (LO4) Apply the laws of mechanics to unseen situations and solve problems.

    (LO5) Develop a knowledge and understanding of the analysis of linear and rotational motion

    (LO6) Develop a knowledge and understanding of the analysis of orbits, gravity, simple harmonic motion and fluid flow.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Analytic skills applied to situations.

  • Seismology and Computing (ENVS229)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Understanding fundamentals of theoretical and observational seismology;
    Familiarization with basic MATLAB programming;
    Understanding of and ability to analyse various seismological data sets.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1)   1. Knowledge and Understanding   On successful completion of this module students should have knowledge of and understand fundamentals of seismology and its applications, and should have some familiarity in programming in Matlab.

    (LO2)  2. Subject Based Practical Skills  On successful completion of this module, students should be able toa) apply theory and methods to seismological data, analyse seismological data.b) Programme in MATLAB

    (LO3) On successful completion of this module, students should have developed their skills in:a) communication (written)b) numeracy through practicals and homeworkc) teamwork in practicalsd) IT literacy, including programming skills, through practicalse) time management through practicals and homework

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

Year Two Optional Modules

  • Metamorphism and Crustal Evolution (ENVS212)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To introduce metamorphic rocks and the ways in which they form, to develop observational skills in relation to metamorphic rocks, and to show how they relate to other parts of geology. To convey the detailed techniques used for studying mineral assemblages in metamorphic rocks, to illustrate these in relation to contact and regional metamorphic case studies, and to discuss the large scale patterns of metamorphic rocks in terms of burial, erosion and overprinting.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To recall and explain the basic nomenclature and concepts used in metamorphism

    (LO2) To use and explain graphical, pictorial and numerical techniques related to metamorphic study

    (LO3) Ability to describe and identify common metamorphic minerals and textures in hand specimen and/or using the microscope

    (LO4) Ability to interpret common metamorphic minerals and textures from individual observations, diagrams and basic concepts

    (LO5) To recall and explain the origins of large scale metamorphic patterns from for example burial, heating, erosion and overprinting, ultimately linked to plate tectonic setting

    (LO6) To recall and explain how the evolution of a particular mountain belt involves the links between metamorphism and other geological processes

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

  • Wave Phenomena (PHYS103)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To introduce the fundamental concepts and principles of wave phenomena. To highlight the many diverse areas of physics in which an understanding of waves is crucial. To introduce the concepts of interference and diffraction.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate an understanding of oscillators.

    (LO2) Understand the fundamental principles underlying wave phenomena.

    (LO4) Understand wave reflection and transmission, superposition of waves.

    (LO5) Solve problems on the behaviour of electromagnetic waves in vacuo and in dielectric materials.

    (LO6) Understand linear and circular polarisation.

    (LO7) Understand inteference and diffraction effects.

    (LO8) Understand lenses and optical instruments.

    (LO9) Apply Fourier techniques and understand their link to diffraction patterns.

    (LO10) Understand the basic principles of lasers

    (S1) Problem solving

Programme Year Three

At a university in the United States, Canada or Australia. Current partners include: the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Georgia, McGill University in Montreal, Canada and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Programme Year Four

Students take the following compulsory modules alongside three options from the indicative optional module list.

Project:

Field, laboratory or computer-based Advanced Geophysics Project

Fieldwork:

14 days in Tenerife, Canary Islands (winter)

Year Four Compulsory Modules

  • Exploration Geophysics and Signal Processing (ENVS343)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To provide an understanding of the theory and fundamental principles of signal processing;

    To provide an understanding of the principal signal processing techniques and their applications to seismic reflection, refraction and passive seismological time series;

    To gain familiarity with an industry standard reflection seismic processing package and the underlying work flows.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To be able to apply signal processingtechniques to problems in reflection, refraction, and passive seismology.

    (LO2) To identify problems inseismic processing which can be solved by signal processing techniques andevaluate the uncertainties in processed seismic sections.

    (LO3) To be able to use a compuer based seismic processing system and understand the fundamentals of a seismic processing work flow.

    (LO4) To be able to develop signal processing routines in MATLAB and graphical cimmunicate the results.

    (LO5) To gain an understanding of the principle theory and routines of signal processing.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) IT skills

    (S3) Numeracy

    (S4) Communication skills

  • Geophysical Exploration Techniques (ENVS362)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide, for geophysics  students, an understanding of:

    One. The application of geophysical theory to exploration and engineering targets.

    Two. Practical use and evaluation of geophysical instrumentation, data acquisition, processing and interpretation.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To develop knowledge of the response of geophysical instruments to a variety of targets.

    (LO2) To understand the physical principles, limitations and errors associated with geophysical data aquisition.

    (LO3) To synthesise and interpret multiple complex geophysical data sets within the appropriate geological context.

    (LO4) Develop problem solving skills analogous to working for a major exploration company or geophysical engineering company/consultancy, including planning, logistics, budgeting time and expenditure.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Teamwork

    (S3) Communication skills

    (S4) Adaptability

    (S5) Operation of Geophysical equipment

    (S6) Use of professional grade geophysical software

  • Geophysical Project (ENVS300)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide a research level training in a specific geophysical subject area;
    To develop the student's ability to work independently;
    To develop skills in presenting data and ideas visually, verbally and in written form.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate an ability to followthe research literature to maintain knowledge of the specific field.

    (LO2) Demonstrate the ability to acquire,analyse and evaluate the significance of data in relation to an independentresearch project.

    (LO3) Demonstrate the ability to develop and test hypotheses.

    (LO4) Demonstrate a high-level knowledge of a specific field of Geophysics.

    (LO5) Demonstrate competence in audio-visual presentation through formalpresentations/talks

    (LO6) Demonstrate competance in the organisation and writing of word-processed scientificreports.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Teamwork

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) IT skills

Year Four Optional Modules

  • Advanced Geodynamics (ENVS398)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To impart an advanced understanding of lithospheric-scale active tectonics, and the ability to carry out mathematical calculations to understand and analyse tectonic processes;

    To introduce the students to advanced topics and research frontiers in core/mantle dynamics and evolution;

    To improve MATLAB/python programming skills initially acquired in ENVS229;

    To develop skills appropriate to understanding, synthesising and communicating peer-reviewed research literature.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Describe and explain principles and details of active tectonic processes

    (LO2) Apply mathematical methods to describe tectonic processes

    (LO3) Describe and explain current theories and controversies regarding the dynamics of Earth from its surface to core and the methods used to study these topics.

    (S1) Numeracy

    (S2) Critical analysis and synthesis

    (S3) Programming

    (S4) Communication – written & oral

  • Fundamentals of Applied Earthquake and Volcano Seismology (ENVS388)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To provide the students with:

    - A thorough understanding of the challenges and practices in collecting and analyzing Geophysical time series

    - Knowledge of the wide variety of earthquake signals that occur in nature, including volcanic seismic sources and non-volcanic tremors

    - Knowledge of the structure of the Earth in tectonically active regions, and volcanic and geothermal areas.Understanding of the methods to infer the Earth’s structure using seismic data.

    - Understanding the temporal and spatial evolution of seismicity before, during, and after large earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Outline knowledge of the use of this information in early warning and hazard mitigation schemes.

    - Knowledge of mechanical models for earthquake and volcano deformation,and their validation using geophysical observations

    - Understanding of surface volcanic processes (pyroclastic density currents and ash plumes) by means of geophysical data analyses and numerical modeling

    - Understanding tsunami generation and the use of earthquake data in tsunami early warning.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 1.Knowledge and Understanding  After successful completion of thismodule the students will be able to:understand and discuss the fundamentalsof the theory of elasticity and seismic wave propagationappreciate the approximations made indescribing seismic sourcesunderstand the fundamentals of deterministic and probabilistic seismic hazardassessmentunderstand volcanic processes and their seismic/geophysical signaturebe familiar with earthquake and volcano monitoring practicebe able to use seismic and other geophysical data to evaluate volcanicunrest and produce eruption forecastsbe able to perform computer-based statistical analyses of seismic data

    (LO2) 2. Intellectual Abilities  On successful completion of this module,students should have developed their skills in:communication (written and verbal)numeracy through practicals and assessmentteamwork in practicals/group presentationsIT literacy, including programming skills, through practicalstime management through practicals and homework

    (LO3) 3. Subject Based Practical Skills     On completion of this module, students should have developed competence in: Manipulation, reduction and interpretation of geophysical data. Modeling of various geophysical processes using computer software packages.  

    (LO4) 4. General transferrable skillsNumeracyGraphical presentationWord processing softwareComputer literacy

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S4) Working in groups and teams - Time management

  • Geophysical Data Modelling (ENVS386)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    Ability to create geophysical models from data. Practical experience in inversion of mathematically linear problems, with knowledge of how to approach more general nonlinear problems.

    Understanding of the limitations of such models, and how they should be interpreted, with particular reference to model non-uniqueness and instability. Optimisation theory, and its application to interpretation of geophysical models. Time series analysis with non-Fourier methods.

    Understanding of basic statistics, confidence.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Knowledge and understanding of:a) Eigenvalue analysis and its application to data analysis b) Implications of model existence, uniqueness for interpretation. c) Basic statistics, including confidence testing, central limit theory

    (LO2) Interpretation of statistical results and Geophysical modelling of real data sets

    (LO3) Ability to invert a large data set to give a geophysical model

    (LO4) Programming skills, in particular the ability to work in a unix/linux environment with shell programming.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Communication skills

    (S4) IT skills

  • Nuclear and Particle Physics (PHYS204)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To introduce Rutherford and related scattering; to introduce nuclear size, mass and decay modes; to provide some applications and examples of nuclear physics; to introduce particle physics, including interactions, reactions and decay; to show some recent experimental discoveries; to introduce relativistic 4-vectors for applications to collision problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) basic understanding of Rutherford, electron on neutron scattering

    (LO2) understanding of the basic principles that determine nuclear size, mass and decay modes

    (LO3) knowledge of examples and applications of nuclear physics

    (LO4) knowledge of elementary particles and their interactions

    (LO5) basic understanding of relativistic 4-vectors

  • Ocean Dynamics (ENVS332)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To gain a high level understanding of ocean and atmospheric dynamics:

    To understand the background state of the atmosphere and ocean;

    To address how tracers spread;

    To understand the effects of rotation and how jets and eddies form on a rotating planet;

    To understand how waves influence and interact with the ocean circulation;

    To understand why there are western boundary currents and gyres in ocean basins;

    To understand how topography shapes the deep ocean circulation over the globe.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will acquire knowledge of key concepts in ocean and atmosphere dynamics.

    (LO2) Students will learn to appreciate the approximate nature of theoretical ideas, and the strengths and weaknesses of such ideas as explanations of observed phenomena.

    (LO3) Students will develop mathematical skills in scale analysis of differential equations to isolate the essential phenomena.

    (LO4) Students will acquire experience in combining quantitative and qualitative understanding of dynamics to give clear explanations of observed phenomena in the ocean and atmosphere.

    (LO5) Students will develop an understanding of the factors controllng fluid flows on a range of rotating planets.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

  • Science Communication (ENVS393)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Provide key transferable skills to undergraduates, including: communication, presentation, practical classroom skills and team working. Provide classoom based experience for undergraduates who are considering teaching as a potential career Encourage a new generation of STEM teachers. Provide role models for pupils within schools located in areas of high deprivation. Increase University of Liverpool widening participation activites within merseyside.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Have an understanding of the UK educational system and relevant teaching and learning styles.

    (LO2) Have an understanding of the Widening Participation Agenda

    (LO3) Have an understanding of relevant STEM subjects and activities that would link into the National Curriculum

    (LO4) Develop appropriate STEM activities for KS2 and KS3 school groups that link with the National Curriculum

    (LO5) Reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of the outreach acivities and their delivery

    (LO6) Be able to apply the relevant protocols and safeguarding practice when delivering within a school setting

    (LO7) Be able to apply practical knowledge of effective delivery styles when engaging with primary or secondary aged pupils

    (LO8) Have experience of planning the delivery of a project

    (LO9) Have experience of team working

    (LO10) Have experience of science communication in a variety of situations

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – envisioning

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

    (S6) Time and project management - Project planning

    (S7) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

    (S8) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

    (S9) Global citizenship - Understanding of equality and diversity

    (S10) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take responsibility

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


Teaching and Learning

Teaching takes place through lectures, practicals, workshops, seminars, tutorials and fieldwork, with an emphasis on learning through doing. The award-winning Central Teaching Laboratories, provide a state-of-the-art facility for undergraduate practical work. Students value the learning opportunities provided by field classes, including the rapid and detailed feedback on performance.

You will typically receive 15-20 hours of formal teaching each week, and complete between 50 and 100 days of residential fieldwork over the course of their programme. The degree programmes are modular with a typical module involving two one-hour lectures, and a three-hour laboratory or computer-based practical each week. Tutorials involve groups of six to eight students meeting with a member of staff at least every two weeks in Years One and Two.

In Years Three and Four you will carry out independent research projects on a topic and location of your choice. All projects are supervised by a member of staff who will meet with you on a weekly or more frequent basis. As you progress through your degree, you are increasingly challenged to engage with current debates, to think critically and to study independently.