In your first year you will study course units including tectonics, sedimentology, environmental issues, igneous and metamorphic geology, physics and chemistry of the earth, earth structures, mathematics for geologists and palaeontology. In year two you will explore stratigraphy and regional geology, geohazards, geochemistry, field methods and geomormphology. You will also be able to choose from a range of elective course units.
In your final year you will study advanced concepts and techniques in geology, aqueous geology and methods of environmental investigation. You will also choose from course units in advanced sedimentology, GIS and remote sensing, volcanology and mineral resources and complete an environmental geology project
Throughout the course, you will:
- study the composition and structure of the Earth, and how these influence the natural environment
- explore the concept of spatial variation, and thinking in 3-dimensional space and 4-dimensional space and time
- examine the operation of physical systems in, and on the surface of, the Earth and the significance of time and historical change in the physical world
- learn the contribution made by geology to the development of knowledge and the bases for informed concern about the Earth and its resources
- use the main methods and decision-making strategies in the critical analysis and interpretation of geological information.
All undergraduate degree courses at Royal Holloway are based on the course unit system. This system provides an effective and flexible approach to study, while ensuring that our degrees have a coherent and developmental structure.
See the Department's website for further information.