(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

Geology impacts on most aspects of modern life, with geologists needed to explore for future energy, mineral, metal and water resources.

Single Honours
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Placement year
3 years/ 4 years with international or placement year

UCAS code: F642

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Course Overview

The Geology single honours degree course extends our core combined honours Geology modules by adding wider, interdisciplinary elements such as geophysics and geochemistry to your degree. In addition to looking at rocks, minerals and fossils, how they were formed, what they can tell us about the history of the Earth and its past environments, as well as investigation of geological processes such as plate tectonics and exploration for geological resources such as oil, gas, metals and minerals, you will also study broader subjects such as geoscience and society, forensic geoscience and Earth systems.

There is a strong emphasis on fieldwork and applied problem-solving laboratory classes in the course, with field courses both in the UK and overseas. A pathway through your degree is available where field course transport and accommodation costs are covered by the University.

What will this mean for my future?

Geology graduates are needed more than ever as modern society demands increasing amounts of energy, raw materials and other resources such as water, the vast majority of which are discovered by geoscientists, and this is likely to continue into the foreseeable future. Geologists are also needed for civil engineering in designing foundations and tunnels and in environmental projects such as carbon dioxide sequestration. You could go on to work in the mining, oil and gas, hydrogeology or geotechnical sectors. The single honours Geology degree is accredited by the Geological Society of London which an speed your progression towards Chartered Geologist status.

Indicative modules

First year

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

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