ESC-20001 - Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Coordinator: Ralf Halama Tel: +44 1782 7 34960
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

This module provides the students with the opportunity to apply geochemistry and simple experimental systems to an understanding of igneous rock suites and the petrogenesis of igneous rocks on a global scale. Isotopic techniques for magma source identification and age dating are introduced. Metamorphosed rocks are studied in detail to show how the influence of initial rock composition (protolith), fluid migration (metasomatism) and varying temperature and pressure dictate the metamorphic mineral assemblage.

The module aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of igneous and metamorphic petrology, including and understanding of the importance of mineralogy and rock texture to the interpretation of igneous and metamorphic rocks and an appreciation of the links between petrology/geochemistry and geodynamics (plate tectonics).

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

describe, evaluate and interpret the origin and evolution of igneous rocks using geochemical data; will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2
describe, evaluate and interpret magma formation in a global geodynamic context; will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2
apply proficiently phase diagrams to understand igneous and metamorphic processes; will be achieved by assessments: 1
identify minerals and rocks, with an assessment of their igneous or metamorphic environment;
will be achieved by assessments: 1
describe, evaluate and interpret how mineral assemblages relate to chemical composition and pressure-temperature conditions of metamorphic rock formation; will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2
critically evaluate the links between metamorphic processes and plate tectonics through geological time. will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2

Study hours

24 hours lectures
36 hours practical sessions (12 x 3 hours)
24 hours lecture preparation
24 hours practical preparation/completion
40 hours private study
2 hours unseen exam

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Practical Assessment weighted 60%
Practical Assessment (Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology)
Portfolio of assessed weekly laboratory (or field-based) practical work in igneous and metamorphic petrology completed by the students over the course of the module.

2: Unseen Exam weighted 40%
2-hour unseen examination
2-hour end-of-course unseen examination of all aspects covered in the module, consisting of a short answer section and a long-answer (essay-type answer) section.