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Geology

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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Geology

The degree courses offered by the Department of Earth Sciences are intended to give you as much flexibility as possible while retaining the core Earth Science subjects. Individual degree courses are comprised of modules, and you will take a total of six modules (120 credits) in each academic year. This allows you to follow your own interests, as they develop.

In the first year, you will be introduced to major topics in Earth Sciences, developing the practical skills required to study rocks and fossils in the field. In Year 2 you will deepen your understanding of these topics. A key part of this year is to gain the knowledge and skills required to undertake your Dissertation. In Year 3 a mix of compulsory and elective modules allow you to specialise and study topics at the cutting-edge of Earth Sciences. The MSci Earth Sciences course allows those with an aptitude to make the first steps to a research career. The majority of our degrees are accredited by the Geological Society of London, this gives you the assurance our teaching is of the highest quality, has been approved by an independent body of academics and industrialists and provides a fast track to Chartered Geologist status.

Our graduates secure employment in the fields of mineral exploration and petroleum geology, engineering geology, environmental and hydrogeology consultancies, GIS companies, geological surveys, as well as securing places on Masters and PhD courses. Numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving skills developed on the course are highly valued in a wide range of non-geoscience careers, including teaching, business management, insurance and accounting, banking and finance.

**Year 1**
Compulsory modules:
Earth Materials
Understanding Earth Sciences
Field Studies
Geoinformatics.

Optional modules:
Environment and Resources
Mathematical Methods in Geosciences
Further Mathematics for Geoscientists
Up to two modules from another academic department.

**Year 2**
Compulsory modules:
Fieldwork (Geological)
Structural Geology and Tectonics
Sedimentary Environments and Paleoecology
Igneous and Metamorphic Geochemistry and Petrology.

Optional modules:
Geophysical Methods for Geoscientists
Hydrology and Climate
Modelling Earth Processes
One module from another academic department.

**Year 3**
Compulsory modules:
Dissertation.

Optional modules:
Petrology, Geochemistry and Global Tectonics
Earth System and Climate
Earth Structure and Dynamics
Advanced Geophysics
Geological Evolution and Petroleum Systems of the British Isles
Volcanology and Magmatism
Deformation Processes of the Lithosphere
Environmental Geochemistry
Earth Sciences into Schools.

We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2021 entry from September 2020.

For more information on this course, please see our website.

Modules

Year 1
Compulsory modules:
Earth Materials
Understanding Earth Sciences
Field Studies
Geoinformatics.
Optional modules:
Environment and Resources
Mathematical Methods in Geosciences
Further Mathematics for Geoscientists
Up to two modules from another academic department.
Year 2
Compulsory modules:
Fieldwork (Geological)
Structural Geology and Tectonics
Sedimentary Environments and Paleoecology
Igneous and Metamorphic Geochemistry and Petrology.
Optional modules:
Geophysical Methods for Geoscientists
Hydrology and Climate
Modelling Earth Processes
One module from another academic department.
Year 3
Compulsory modules:
Dissertation.
Optional modules:
Petrology, Geochemistry and Global Tectonics
Earth System and Climate
Earth Structure and Dynamics
Advanced Geophysics
Geological Evolution and Petroleum Systems of the British Isles
Volcanology and Magmatism
Deformation Processes of the Lithosphere
Environmental Geochemistry
Earth Sciences into Schools.

Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered.

The Uni


Course locations:

University College

Josephine Butler College

Hatfield College

John Snow College

St John's College

South College

Stephenson College

Collingwood College

Grey College

No college preference

St Chad's College

St Cuthbert's Society

St Mary's College

College of St Hild and St Bede

Trevelyan College

Van Mildert College

St Aidan's College

Department:

Earth 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.

97%
high
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

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
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

80%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
86%
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?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
60%
Male students
40%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation


The stats in this section 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.

Geology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
75%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Business, research and administrative professionals
16%
Natural and social science professionals
12%
Teaching and educational professionals

The market for geologists is has been quite linked to the oil industry for some time now, and the drop in the price of oil has meant the industry has stopped recruiting as many people for the time being. Geologists are still in demand, though, so the main effect has been to reduce the opportunities - and salaries - for geologists working abroad. At home, the oil industry remains a big employer, and so are the mining, civil engineering, construction and consultancy industries, with geology graduates working as geologists, geophysicists, civil engineers and environmental professionals.

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.

£25k

£25k

£31k

£31k

£39k

£39k

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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