You will take courses in the core geological subjects and be able to specialise in later years. Fieldwork is a key element of the course.
In your final year you will undertake an independent geoscience project involving research into a topic of your choice and supervision by a member of staff.
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 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.
The Department’s website gives detailed lists of the course units taken for each different degree.