What students say about geology
On average on my course (earth science), we have 15-20 hours of contact time per week (lectures and practicals), then we have up to five hours of tutorial time, depending on the person and the college. The course is interesting and there is a variety of options available. A mix of work is required - essays, problem sheets and sometimes presentations. There are lots of field trips which are excellent for learning and getting to know your peers.3rd year, University of Oxford
My course is very challenging. You do a lot of coursework, especially in third year, but you will come to love it as it boosts your grade. The course is interesting if you enjoy rocks and the processes around them. We have excellent course-specific facilities - a lab which we do microscope work in.3rd year, University of Bristol
The number of teaching hours is perfect, with the right mix of tutorials and lectures. The content is wide-ranging in the first year, and can be quite challenging - you definitely need to keep up! Work is mostly descriptions of samples, presentations, reports, interpretations of simple maps and field work on the trips. We also have to design a website.1st year, University of Leicester
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- Choose two from biology, chemistry, physics and maths
Useful to have
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Natural and social science professionals
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
Other real-life job examples
- Contaminated land engineer
- Land surveyor
- Quarry manager
What employers like about this subject
Geology students can expect to gain subject-specific skills including an understanding of earth evolution and current planetary processes; the scientific principles underlying earth processes and computing, physics, chemistry and field skills for earth sciences. Transferable skills you can develop will include communication, project management, IT skills, problem-solving, data investigation, high-level numeracy and good research skills. Geology graduates are in demand from a number of industries in the UK and overseas, particularly from the oil and gas industry, but also from mining and quarrying, construction, the water industry, engineering and consultancy, technical testing, government, higher education, museums and the finance industry.