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Birkbeck, University of London

Geology

UCAS Code: F600

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,B

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSEs required at grade A*-C or new grade 9-4 (or equivalent) in mathematics.

UCAS Tariff

96-120

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Distance learning | 2021

4.0 years | Part-time evening | 2021

6.0 years | Distance learning | 2021

6.0 years | Part-time evening | 2021

Subject

Geology

Many of the major challenges facing our planet, such as climate change, future energy production or living with natural hazards, require a thorough understanding of how the Earth has behaved in the past and how it works today. Our accredited BSc Geology degree provides all the key skills you need to understand the inner workings of our planet. You will study subjects ranging from geophysics and palaeontology through to volcanology and sedimentology. You will develop skills in the manipulation of scientific data, critical assessment of scientific hypotheses and experience actual scientific research during project work.

Our teaching philosophy is based around flexibility, allowing you to fit the degree around your lifestyle. We embrace new technology and methods to make our degrees accessible to all and have been running remote as well as face-to-face lectures for more than 20 years. This means you can attend classes with our internationally distinguished researchers in our world-class laboratories in London or you can watch live streams/recorded lectures at home using our cutting-edge online teaching platform. You are free to mix both these methods to find the best balance for you.

We are one of the few departments that meets the Geological Society of London recommendation of a minimum 64 days' fieldwork in a BSc programme and the only one that allows this through online learning. Each year you attend a major residential field course of 10-14 days, cementing your theoretical skills with more practical experience. Currently, we take students to Pembrokeshire, North-West Scotland or Greece and Morocco. You may also attend weekend field classes and will undertake a substantial amount of field research on your own in the latter years of the degree.

**HIGHLIGHTS**

- We offer you flexible teaching methods, balancing face-to-face and online learning.

- Exciting field trip opportunities to famous geological sites in the UK, Greece and Morocco.

- Accredited by the Geological Society of London as a recognised professional qualification. We are the only university that offers this option through distance learning.

- We are part of the joint UCL-Birkbeck Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences (IEPS) meaning we share laboratories, expertise and events, all open to students for research projects.

- In our joint submission with UCL, we were rated sixth in the UK for Earth Systems and Environmental Science research in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF).

- Our Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences has been offering evening study courses for over 70 years and distance learning for over 20 years.

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment methods

A combination of reports on field-based projects, laboratory work and written examinations. Some modules include continuous assessment through written work.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,280
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

Earth and Planetary Sciences

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95%
UK students
5%
International students
57%
Male students
43%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
24%
Drop out rate

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