This popular course covers all aspects of geology but concentrates on the geology of hydrocarbon accumulations. First and second year course units consider the earth as a dynamic phenomenon and its impact on humans. Particular emphasis is placed on the interaction between physical and chemical processes acting at and below the earth surface and the evolution of life.
The third year units are all compulsory and include tectonics, petroleum geology, stratigraphy and sedimentology. Mapping includes a major field exercise at the end of the second year and this provides the basis for an assessed project in the third year. A major field trip in the third year takes place in either the Canary Isles or Cyprus.
Throughout the course, you will:
- study the interaction of physical, chemical and biological processes relating to the Earth as a dynamic system through time (crust-mantle processes, surface processes, biosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere)
- examine geological materials (minerals, rocks, fluids) and the use of geological maps to represent three-dimensional spatial variations and their interpretation in a temporal framework
- consider the application of the earth sciences and its social and political role to resource exploitation (hydrocarbons, minerals, water), civil and environmental engineering (construction, waste disposal) and environmental hazards (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, landslides).
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.