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BSc Geology

This popular, 3-year programme covers all aspects of geology. 1st and 2nd year core courses 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 3rd year offers a wide range of options, including volcanology, palaeontology, tectonics and planetary geology and geophysics. Training in the study of stratigraphy, sedimentology, tectonics and igneous processes is also provided. Mapping includes a major field exercise at the end of the 2nd year and this provides the basis for an assessed project in the 3rd year. A major field trip in the 3rd year takes place in foreign locations, currently either the Canary Isles or Cyprus.

GL1100 Global tectonics

GL1200 Introductory sedimentology

GL1460 Igneous & metamorphic geology

GL1500 Physics & chemistry of the Earth

GL1600 Earth structures

GL1700 Mathematics for geologists

GL1800 Introductory palaeontology

Plus 1 of

GL1300 Environmental issues

GL1750 Introduction to petroleum geology


GL2201 Stratigraphy & regional geology

GL2400 Igneous & metamorphic geology

GL2410 Geochemistry

GL2500 Applied geophysics

GL2600 Structural analysis & remote sensing

GL2810 History of life

GL2900 Field methods in geology

 Plus between 2nd & 3rd year:

GL3141 Applied geology (9-12 month work experience in industrial placement)


GL3001 Advanced concepts & techniques in geology

GL3901 Independent geological field mapping

At least 2 of:

GL3210 Advanced topics in sedimentology

GL3460 Volcanology

GL3600 Advanced techniques in tectonic & structural Interpretation

GL3750 Mineral resources

GL3800 Advanced palaeontology


GL3300 Aqueous geology

GL3510 Planetary geology & geophysics



Further information including fees, funding and how to apply are available here.


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