Geology (Applied Geophysics) - BSc (Hons)
Are you curious about how the planet works? Do you have a passion for science? Our Geology BSc aims to provide you with a thorough grounding in geology from which you can focus on applied geophysics techniques to tackle some of society's most pressing environmental problems.
Why study Geology (Applied Geophysics) at Keele University?
Studying Geology at Keele
Sector-leading in sustainability education
At Keele we're leading the sector in sustainability, not just in our ambitions to become carbon neutral by 2030 but also through our teaching and our ground-breaking research into climate change and renewable technologies.
Our geology courses are strongly aligned to the role of geoscience in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. This means the content within our modules aims to educate to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.
In 2021, Keele were awarded the prestigious title of Global Sustainability Institution of the Year (International Green Gown Awards).
Find out more about Keele’s commitment to sustainability
The School of Geography, Geology and the Environment interactive guided tour
Use the interactive tour to explore Keele's state of the art science facilities and our beautiful living-laboratory campus that we use to enrich your learning experience.
Engage with our practitioners
Our academics are practitioners beyond academia. This means you will benefit from studying modules that have been informed by the research and active work they are undertaking in their field of expertise.
Areas of expertise within the School include:
- Applied and environmental geophysics
- Basin dynamics and sedimentology
- Forensic geoscience
- Hydrocarbon and geothermal energy
- Igneous and metamorphic petrology, geochemistry and volcanology
Find out more about research in the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment.
Central Science Laboratories
Develop your practical skills in Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories
Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.
This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.
Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.
The information within this section is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.
Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills which will be invaluable in your academic studies and beyond. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.
This Foundation Year is a two-semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Geology (Applied Geophysics) degree. For example, the Advancing Geography, Geology and the Environment module takes the knowledge built in 'Foundations of Geography, Geology and the Environment' module and applies it to a variety of human interactions, such as exploitation of the Earth’s resources, rural and urban development, monitoring and management of natural hazards, and environmental change. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do.
You will develop subject-specific and broad based skills that will be invaluable in your academic career and beyond. You can find out more about our Foundation Year, including information on learning, teaching and assessment methods and further opportunities available to you by visiting our homepage.
The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.
Semester one modules
|FYO-00185||Practical and Academic Skills in Science||15 credits|
|FYO-00211||Foundations in Numerical and Quantitative Methods for Scientists||15 credits|
|FYO-00193||Foundations of Geography, Geology and the Environment||15 credits|
|FYO-00276||Foundations of Science and Sustainability||15 credits|
Semester two modules
|FYO-00195||Advancing Geography, Geology and the Environment||30 credits|
|FYO-00271||University Research Portfolio||30 credits
The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United Kingdom, European Union and International students.
- Between 40-56 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
- Relevant work experience
- GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or
- IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)
- GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above
How to apply
Students will need to apply for BSc (Hons) Geology with Foundation Year (UCAS code F603) through UCAS at www.ucas.com
Direct entry students
If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.
Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.
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