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Discover how planet Earth works and how we use physics to image its static and dynamic subsurface, from inner core to crust.
This programme provides training in the principles and practice of geophysics with an emphasis on pure and practical physics. High-level training is given in geophysics with supporting physics, providing classical physics training to second year university level, and includes university training in geoscience and mathematics. This degree opens up a range of careers in geoscience. The programme is particularly strong for careers in geophysical data analysis, and research areas related to global geophysics and planetary science.
Transfer to a Physics degree is possible up to the end of Year One.
This degree is recognised by the Institute of Physics.
Programme in detail
The programme will cover core topics in physics, geophysics, geoscience and mathematics, plus a choice of advanced modules in geophysics. Major features include training in practical geophysics, exploration geophysics (particularly seismology), planetary-scale geophysics and geophysical inverse theory.
You will work within one of our research groups to undertake a significant geophysical research project in your final year. This provides excellent training in research methodology for an academic or industrial research career.
A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and field work. 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.