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Birkbeck, University of London

Planetary Science with Astronomy

UCAS Code: F590

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 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 | Part-time | 2021

Subjects

Planetary science

Astronomy

This is a very exciting time for planetary science, with new data being returned by spacecraft from planets within our own solar system and thousands of planets now being discovered orbiting other stars. There is also growing scientific interest in the likelihood of life elsewhere in the universe.

With our BSc Planetary Science with Astronomy you will learn more about all of this and develop your knowledge of the solar system and its wider astronomical context. You will study subjects ranging from astronomy and astrobiology to geophysics and remote sensing. You will develop skills in the manipulation of scientific data and 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.

A number of our researchers work on current space missions with access to unique datasets. You will have the chance to work on these data as part of a research project in your final year.

We also offer the option to attend a number of UK and overseas field classes, using Earth analogues to understand the geology of other planets. Currently, we take students to Pembrokeshire (Year 1), North-West Scotland or Greece (Year 2) and Morocco (Year 3) and a dedicated Planetary Science field class to the Canary Islands (Years 2 or 3).

**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.

- 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 more than 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 coursework and a final-year examination, generally in May or early June. The optional geology field classes do not have a final examination and are assessed solely on work performed in the field.

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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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
69%
Male students
31%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
D

Astronomy

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
68%
Male students
32%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
D

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