Geology (2016 Entry)

Course type: Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Geography, Geology and the Environment, Faculty of Natural Sciences
Geology was voted 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016

Geology was voted 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016

Course Overview

Geology is fundamental to modern day living. Geologists explore for our society’s major resource needs including metals, minerals, energy sources and groundwater.

The dual honours Geology course at Keele looks at rocks, minerals and fossils, how they were formed, how they might have been deformed or altered over geological time and what they can tell us about the history of the Earth and its past environments. It also covers geological processes such as earthquakes, volcanoes and plate tectonics, and how these processes produce different geological materials. Geology is a practical subject with applied problem-solving laboratory classes and field courses where you will learn how to interpret and map geological features, and explore for future geological resources.

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Geology. 

First year 

Core modules: 

  • Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology (includes fieldwork) 
  • Geology: Time and Space (includes fieldwork) 
  • Geology: Planet Earth
  • Introduction to Sedimentology and Palaeontology (includes fieldwork) 

Second year 

Core modules: 

  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 
  • Reconstructing Past Environments (includes fieldwork)
  • Advanced Structural Geology and Geological Mapping Training
  • Geoscience Field Techniques 

Third year 

Core modules: 

  • Independent Fieldwork Project
  • Geological Communication Skills
  • Volcanic and Magmatic Processes

Elective modules: 

  • Structure and Geodynamics (includes fieldwork)
  • Natural Hazards
  • Hydrological and Engineering Geology
  • Micropalaeontology: Principles and Applications (includes fieldwork)
  • Economic Geology (includes fieldwork)
  • Advanced Topics in Sedimentology (includes fieldwork)
  • Exploration Geophysics for the Hydrocarbon Industry
  • Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Water Resources
  • Coastal Environments 

Major Minor

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of major honours Geology. 

First year 

Core modules: 

  • Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology (includes fieldwork) 
  • Geology: Time and Space (includes fieldwork) 
  • Geology: Planet Earth
  • Introduction to Sedimentology and Palaeontology (includes fieldwork) 

Second year 

Core modules: 

  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 
  • Reconstructing Past Environments (includes fieldwork)
  • Advanced Structural Geology and Geological Mapping Training
  • Geoscience Field Techniques 

Third year 

Core modules: 

  • Independent Fieldwork Project
  • Geological Communication Skills
  • Volcanic and Magmatic Processes

Elective modules: 

  • Structure and Geodynamics (includes fieldwork)
  • Natural Hazards
  • Hydrological and Engineering Geology
  • Micropalaeontology: Principles and Applications (includes fieldwork)
  • Economic Geology (includes fieldwork)
  • Advanced Topics in Sedimentology (includes fieldwork)
  • Exploration Geophysics for the Hydrocarbon Industry
  • Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Water Resources
  • Coastal Environments 

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 45%
  • Guided independent study – 55%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 41%
  • Guided independent study – 59%

Third year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 33%
  • Guided independent study – 67%

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

Career opportunities in geology are excellent because industry and modern society depends on geologists to find natural resources such as oil, gas, coal, minerals, metals, aggregates and water. Geologists are also needed for designing foundations, tunnels and other engineering projects. You could go on to work in mining, the oil and gas industry, hydrogeology or geotechnical engineering. Geologists are also required for environmental projects such as radioactive waste disposal or carbon dioxide capture and storage. Degrees studying Geology combined with another science subject are accredited by the Geological Society of London.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

can be combined with:

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

BSc Geology with Science Foundation Year : F603 View KIS Stats

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Study abroad

On the Geology programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on the syour choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from their destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 

Accreditation

Major route BSc Geology and Dual Honours BSc Geology combined with a science subject (including Physical Geography) are accredited by the Geological Society of London www.geolsoc.org.uk, which is the world’s oldest Geoscience society that was founded in 1807 by Royal Charter and is the UK national society for geoscience.

Students who successfully complete an accredited degree course will normally qualify for admission to Fellowship of the Society and for the award of Chartered Geologist status after a specified period of professional development and relevant experience. 

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Dual Honours and Major Minor Course Information Document (PDF)

2017 Entry details

Our full course information for 2017 entry is yet to be finalised. We may make changes to our course content from year to year in order to keep pace with current research and innovation.

Here is a list of indicative modules for 2017 entry:

First year

  • Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Geology: Time and Space
  • Geology: Planet Earth
  • Introduction to Sedimentology and Palaeontology

Second year

  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Reconstructing Past Environments
  • Advanced Structural Geology and Geological Mapping Training
  • Geoscience Field Techniques

Third year

  • Independent Fieldwork Project
  • Geological Communication Skills*
  • Volcanic and Magmatic Processes*
  • Structure and Geodynamics
  • Natural Hazards
  • Hydrological and Engineering Geology
  • Micropalaeontology
  • Economic Geology
  • Advanced Sedimentology
  • Exploration Geophysics

*Major route only

It is important that you read the information at Terms and Conditions which explains how and why we might need to make changes to the educational services that we provide.