Geology with Integrated Master's 

(2018 Entry)

MGeol

This four year integrated master’s programme is ideal for anyone considering a career in the earth sciences, extending your geology and geoscience knowledge, and enhancing your research and vocational skills.

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UCAS code: F64G

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Course Overview

This course adds an additional master’s level year to our three-year major route Geology (with a science subject) and Geology bachelor’s degree programmes, during which there is a strong emphasis on developing the vocational and research skills you will need to work in industry or advance in academia. You will continue to develop your breadth and depth of knowledge in the geosciences, as well as extending your research and data handling skills.

The focus of the final year is a major research project on a topic of your choosing. The master’s level field course simulates a real world geological industry scenario to help develop your employability skills. 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?

Due to the increasing demand for geological resources such as oil, gas, metals, minerals and water, as well as the need for geoscience expertise in major civil engineering and environmental projects, Geology graduates are likely to be in high demand for the foreseeable future, and a master’s degree provides higher-level vocational and research skills which are particularly appealing to employers.

You could go on to work in the petroleum, mining, geotechnical or hydrogeology industries or go on to study for a PhD. The integrated master’s MGeol degree is accredited by the Geological Society of London that can enhance 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

Fourth Year

  • Literature Synthesis
  • Research Project
  • Spatial Geoscience Data Analysis
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Two option modules

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

M. Geology is a four-year undergraduate integrated master’s course.  Single Honours Geology taken in Levels 4 and 5 or Combined Honours Geology is taken in Levels 4 and 5 in combination with a Natural Sciences subject. Only Geology modules are taken at Levels 6 and 7.

 

A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects in years 1 and 2. This document has information about Geology modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

105

0

0

15

15

2

120

0

0

0

0

3

75

45

45

0

0

4

90

30

30

0

0

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

It is assumed that students have no previous geological knowledge and therefore the Programme starts from basics. The programme provides a broad-based introduction to geological topics at Levels 4 & 5 with emphasis on the characteristics of rocks, minerals and fossils, together with the processes that govern their formation and development.

 

You have a free choice of one of the Free-Standing Elective modules offered by all Faculties within the University, including a modern language. An elective module is offered at Level 4 in order to enhance the interdisciplinary nature of the Geology degree course and to provide compatibility with part of the University’s philosophy for undergraduate education, which is broadly based rather than over specialised.

 

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Minerals, Rocks and Fossils †

30

   

Earth Structure and History †

30

   

Geology Data Visualisation, Analysis and Interpretation

30

   

The Earth System

15

   

† Module contains fieldwork

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

 

During Level 5 particular attention is paid to first hand observation, recording and interpretation of geological, geophysical and geochemical phenomena in the field and laboratory. By the end of the level you will have been given a complete grounding in geology that will allow you to carry out your own independent studies.

 

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Petrology †

30

   

Field Techniques †

30

   

Geology & Society †

30

   

Geochemistry

15

   

Palaeoclimatology and Quaternary Studies †

15

   

† Module contains fieldwork

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

This year starts during the summer vacation when students carry out an independent field project, which normally takes 5 weeks. During the autumn semester students prepare a dissertation based upon this field project. In addition, there is a choice of option modules/ programme approved electives from a wide range of geological subject areas. In addition, Geology students can select some Physical Geography option modules. The method and approach to teaching changes emphasis from staff-centred instruction at Levels 4 & 5 to more student- oriented activities, with components of several modules based upon independent or team-based project work.

 

There is also a change from modules based upon pure aspects of geological study to more applied aspects. It is intended that students should select their option modules according to their interests and career aspirations. Much of the content of these Level 6 option modules is based on research at the forefront of the discipline and helps to strengthen links between teaching and research.

 

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules (Choose 60 Credits)

Credits

Geology: Independent Field Project †

30

Structure and Geodynamics †

15

Economic Geology †

15

Natural Hazards

15

Advanced Petrology and Structural Geology Field Course †

15

Hydrological and Engineering Geology

15

Advanced Topics in Sedimentology †

15

Exploration Geophysics for Hydrocarbons

15

   

Micropalaeontology: Principles and Applications †

15

   

Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology *

15

   

Global Environmental Change *

15

   

Water Resources *

15

   

Coastal Environments *

15

* No more than two of these Physical Geography modules may be taken across Level 6 and Level 7

† Module contains fieldwork 

Modules - Year Four

The emphasis at level 7 is upon the development of research and vocational skills. All students are expected to undertake an extended (M.Geology-specific) research project in an area related to the geosciences, compulsory data analysis and literature synthesis modules, and a selection of more specialised options. All modules are at Level 7 standard.

 

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules (Choose 30 Credits)

Credits

Literature Synthesis

15

MGeology: Structure and Geodynamics †

 

Research Project

15

MGeology: Natural Hazards

15

Research in Context

15

MGeology: Hydrological and Engineering Geology

 

Research Report

15

MGeology: Economic Geology †

15

Spatial Geoscience Data Analysis †

15

MGeology: Exploration Geophysics for the Hydrocarbon Industry

15

Petroleum Geology

15

MGeology: Micropalaeontology: Principles and Applications †

15

   

MGeology: Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology *

15

   

MGeology: Global Environmental Change *

15

   

MGeology: Water Resources *

15

   

MGeology: Coastal Environments *

15

* No more than two of these Physical Geography modules may be taken across Level 6 and Level 7

† Module contains fieldwork

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az