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Geology

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:15

Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in a science-based subject.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

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

UCAS Tariff

96-120

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

6.0 years | Part-time evening | 2022

4.0 years | Part-time evening | 2022

6.0 years | Distance learning | 2022

4.0 years | Distance learning | 2022

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 (Year 1), North-West Scotland or Greece (Year 2) and Morocco (Year 3). 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. Find out more about our research facilities.

- 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

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
International
£14,560
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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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

83%
low
Geology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Earth sciences

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

83%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
42%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
56%
Male students
44%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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A
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After graduation


We don't have more detailed stats to show you in relation to this subject area at this university but read about typical employment outcomes and prospects for graduates of this subject below.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Geography, earth and environmental studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£32k

£32k

£26k

£26k

£33k

£33k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Lower entry requirements
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