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Geoscience with a Year in Industry MSci

UCAS code F642
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length 5 years full time
Department Earth Sciences »

Understanding the Earth Sciences means understanding the past, present and future of our planet and the living things on it. Geoscience with a Year in Industry at Royal Holloway, University of London takes a holistic approach to the Earth Sciences, bringing together disciplines including chemistry, physics, biology and maths to give you a more thorough understanding of the processes that govern our world.

This flexible programme gives you the chance to select from a variety of optional modules including Volcanology and Terrestrial Palaeoecology, allowing you to tailor your degree to your own interests and ambitions. You’ll experience a year in industry, gaining applicable work experience and putting your skills to use during an industrial placement year.

You’ll study in a department consistently ranked among the country’s top 10 (The Complete University Guide and The Guardian 2016), and graduate with a Masters degree in a field with excellent graduate employment prospects. Department of Earth Sciences alumni have gone on to enjoy careers in the hydrocarbon and environmental industries, among others.

Pursue your passion for Geoscience at Royal Holloway and you’ll contribute to our leading research culture, submitting your Independent Geoscience Project in Year 5 with the option for an additional Research Proposal.

  • Benefit from a pioneering research culture, with 94% of Department of Earth Sciences research ranked world-leading or internationally excellent – no.2 in the UK. (Research Excellence Framework, 2014)
  • Enjoy extensive fieldwork opportunities in the UK and Europe.
  • Gain invaluable work experience and make professional connections during your year in industry.
  • Choose from a range of optional courses to tailor your learning to your own interests and ambitions.

Core modules

Year 1

Global Tectonics
Introductory Sedimentology
Igneous and Metamorphic Geology
Physics and Chemistry of Earth
Earth Structures
Introductory Palaeontology
Scientific and Field Skills

Year 2

Stratigraphy and History of Life
Regional Geology
Igneous and Metamorphic Geology
Advanced Scientific and Geological Field Skills

Year 3

Advanced Concepts and Techniques in Geology
Independent Geological Field Mapping

Year 4

This year will be spent on a work placement. Students are supported by their academic department and the Royal Holloway Careers and Employability Service to find a suitable placement. However, Royal Holloway cannot guarantee that all students who are accepted onto this degree programme will secure a placement, and the ultimate responsibility lies with the student. This year forms an integral part of the degree programme and students will be asked to complete assessed work. The mark for this work will count towards the degree.

Year 5

Independent Geoscience Project

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

Year 1

Environmental Issues with Maths
Petroleum Geology with Maths

Year 2

Sedimentary Basin Analysis
Applied Geophysics
Computational Earth Sciences
Structural Analysis and Remote Sensing

Year 3

Marine Geology
Advanced Topics in Sedimentology
Aqueous Geology
Planetary Geology and Geophysics
Advanced Techniques in Tectonic and Structural Interpretation
Mineral Resources
Advanced Palaeontology

Year 5

Research Proposal and Critical Review
Earth Surface Processes
Water Quality - Diagnosis and Management
Air Pollution - Monitoring, Impacts and Management
Modern Climate Change
Oceans and Atmospheres
Contaminated Land Case Study
Environment Inorganic Analysis
Advanced Igneous Petrogenesis
Advanced Igneous Petrogenesis and Project
Seismic Processing and Interpretation
Geodynamics and Plate Tectonics
Interpretation of Structural Settings
Reservoir Characterisation
Terrestrial Palaeoecology
Research Skills

The course has a modular structure, whereby students take sixteen course units at the rate of four per year. Some course units are compulsory while others are elective, thereby offering flexibility and choice.

Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and end-of-year examination in varying proportions, depending on the course units you choose to take.

The first year is foundational and marks do not count towards your final degree. The second, third and final year marks do count, with more importance being given to the final year marks in order to reward progress and achievement.

Typical offers

Typical offers
A-levels ABB-BBB
Required/preferred subjects

Required subject: a Science subject (one from Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology or Geography).

The offer given will take into consideration:

  • The educational context in which academic achievements have been gained.
  • Whether the Extended Project Qualification is being taken.

At least five GCSE passes at grade A*-C including English and Mathematics.

All applications will be subject to a selection interview, providing that minimum academic requirements are met.

Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate

6,5,5 at Higher Level including a Science subject (Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Geology or Geography), with a minimum of 32 points overall.

BTEC Extended Diploma

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a science subject. Substantial Maths content required.

BTEC National Diploma

Distinction, Distinction in a related subject, plus A2 grade B in a science subject.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

Distinction plus A2 grades B, B, one of which must be a science subject.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

Scottish Advanced Highers

AB including a Science subject: Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Geology or Geography (only acceptable when combined with the required Scottish Higher grades as published).

Scottish Highers

AABBB (only acceptable when combined with the required Scottish Advanced Higher grades as published).

Irish Leaving Certificate

AABBB at Higher Level including B in one Science subject at Higher Level.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Pass in a relevant subject with at least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit including minimum of 15 Level 3 credits in Science units at Distinction.

Other UK qualifications

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International and EU entry requirements

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English language

IELTS 6.5 overall and minimum of 5.5 in each subscore.  For equivalencies please see here

For more information about entry requirements for your country please visit our International pages. Royal Holloway offers an International Foundation Programme and pre-sessional English language courses, allowing students to further develop their study skills and English language before starting their undergraduate degree.

Study Geoscience with a Year in Industry and you’ll be in a strong position to progress into postgraduate study or a rewarding career in your chosen field. Our alumni have gone on to a variety of sectors including the hydrocarbon and mineral extraction industries and environmental professions, among others.

You’ll graduate with a Masters degree in a field with excellent employment prospects for graduates, while your year in industry will equip you with valuable career experience and professional connections. All Department of Earth Sciences degrees are accredited by the Geological Society as a fast track route to Fellowship with professional recognition as a Chartered Geologist. 

  • Jobs fairs, skills workshops and visits from industry representatives provide students with excellent career opportunities.
  • 90% of graduates in work or further education within six months of graduating.
  • Graduate with a Masters degree in a sector with high employability prospects, and make invaluable career connections during your year in industry.

Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £9,250

International students tuition fee per year 2017/18**: £15,600

Other essential costs***: £120

Costs incurred by students while on a Year in Industry / Business will vary depending on the nature and location of the placement. For further information please contact the Department of Earth Sciences.

How do I pay for it? Find out more.

*Tuition fees for UK and EU nationals starting a degree in the academic year 2017/18 will be £9,250 for that year. This amount is subject to the UK Parliament approving a change to fee and loan regulations that has been proposed by the UK Government. In the future, should the proposed changes to fee and loan regulations allow it, Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for UK and EU nationals annually. If relevant UK legislation continues to permit it, Royal Holloway will maintain parity between the tuition fees charged to UK and EU students for the duration of their degree studies.

**Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for international fee paying students annually. Tuition fees are unlikely to rise more than 5 per cent each year. For further information on tuition fees please see Royal Holloway’s Terms & Conditions.

***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.

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