As far as we know, planet Earth and the plants and animals on it represent a single oasis of life in an otherwise barren universe. Geoscience at Royal Holloway, University of London helps to develop a holistic understanding of the formation and evolution of Earth and the life on it.
This comprehensive four-year programme brings together elements of physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics to give you a thorough understanding of the complex systems that govern our planet and its neighbours. You’ll graduate with a Masters degree in Earth Sciences, making you a highly employable candidate in a range of scientific and technical fields and putting you in a strong position to progress to further postgraduate study.
You’ll study in a prestigious department consistently ranked among the top 10 in the country (The Complete University Guide and The Guardian 2016) – and contribute to our renowned research culture with your year 4 Independent Geoscience Project.
Pursue your passion for Geoscience and unlock some of our planet’s most compelling secrets. This exciting programme has seen previous graduates progress to careers in the hydrocarbon and environmental industries, among others, and is ideal for those who wish to pursue research degrees in further postgraduate study.
- 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 a practical skillset geared towards a career in Earth Sciences and other related fields.
- Choose from a range of optional courses to tailor your learning to your own interests and ambitions.
Igneous and Metamorphic Geology
Physics and Chemistry of Earth
Scientific and Field Skills
Stratigraphy and History of Life
Igneous and Metamorphic Geology
Advanced Scientific and Geological Field Skills
Advanced Concepts and Techniques in Geology
Independent Geological Field Mapping
Independent Geoscience Project
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Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff.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.
Environmental Issues with Maths
Petroleum Geology with Maths
Sedimentary Basin Analysis
Computational Earth Sciences
Structural Analysis and Remote Sensing
Advanced Topics in Sedimentology
Planetary Geology and Geophysics
Advanced Techniques in Tectonic and Structural Interpretation
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
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. Second year, third year and final year marks do count, with more importance being given to the final year marks in order to reward progress and achievement.
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
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.
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).
AABBB (only acceptable when combined with the required Scottish Advanced Higher grades as published).
|Irish Leaving Certificate
H2,H2,H3,H3,H3 including H3 in one Science subject.
|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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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. For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer an International Foundation Year, run by Study Group at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, students can progress on to selected undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Study Geoscience at Royal Holloway, University of London and you’ll graduate with a Masters degree from one of the country’s most highly regarded departments. Geoscience graduates are well placed to progress to further research-based study, and to careers in fields including the hydrocarbon and mineral extraction industries and environmental professions.
All of our Earth Sciences degrees are accredited by the Geological Society as a fast track route to Fellowship with professional recognition as a Chartered Geologist – helping you to achieve your career aims. We host jobs fairs, skills workshops and visits from industry representatives to provide our students with excellent career networking 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.
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
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*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.