Course type: Single Honours,
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

Course Overview

Geoscience impacts on most aspects of modern life and geoscientists are required to explore for much needed future energy, mineral and metal resources.

The Geoscience single honours degree course builds on our core 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 investigating geological processes such as plate tectonics, you will also study broader subjects such as geoscience and society, forensic geoscience and Earth systems. There is a strong emphasis on applied problem-solving laboratory classes and fieldwork learning in the course, with field courses both in the UK and overseas.

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Geoscience. 

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)
  • Geoscience Data Interpretation, Analysis and Visualisation
  • The Earth System
  • Introductory Environmental Chemistry

Second year 

Core modules: 

  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Reconstructing Past Environments (includes fieldwork)
  • Advanced Structural Geology and Geological Mapping Training
  • Geoscience Field Techniques
  • Geochemistry
  • Forensic and Historical Geoscience
  • Palaeoclimatology and Quaternary Studies (includes fieldwork)
  • Geoscience and Society (includes fieldwork) 

Third year 

Core modules: 

  • Economic Geology (includes fieldwork) 
  • Advanced Petrology and Structural Geology Field Course
  • Geoscience: Independent Field Project

Elective modules:  

  • Structure and Geodynamics (includes fieldwork) 
  • Natural Hazards
  • Hydrological and Engineering Geology
  • Micropalaeontology: Principles and Applications (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 – 48%
  • Guided independent study – 52%

Third year

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

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

Geoscience 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. Geoscientists 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 Geoscience degree is accredited by the Geological Society of London which can speed your progression towards Chartered Geologist status.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

BSc Geoscience (Single Honours) : F642 View KIS Stats
BSc Geoscience with Science Foundation Year : F646 View KIS Stats

can be combined with:

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Study abroad

On the Human Geography 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. 


BSc Geoscience is accredited by the Geological Society of London, 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.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF)