The knowledge and skills of environmental geoscientists puts them in a prime position to help overcome some of the world’s most pressing concerns, including overpopulation and global industrialisation. This versatile five-year programme will equip you with acute problem-solving skills and a profound understanding of humanity’s relationship with our physical world.
Study Environmental Geoscience with a Year in Industry at Royal Holloway, University of London and you’ll graduate with the knowledge and skillset that will make you a highly employable candidate to employers in a variety of fields. You’ll also benefit from the valuable workplace experience and professional connections you’ll make during your year in industry, taking them on into the workplace when you graduate.
The Department of Earth Sciences is consistently ranked among the UK’s top 10 (The Complete University Guide and The Times Good University Guide 2018). Our renowned research culture means that teaching is closely linked to our research strengths, and you’ll contribute your own findings during your final year individual research project. 94% of our research was rated 4* or 3* world-leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF, 2014).
Environmental Geoscience gives you the opportunity to participate in fieldwork opportunities in the UK and overseas where you will develop your scientific understanding and hands-on experience of environmental, ecological and health issues.
This programme is ideal for those who wish to progress into postgraduate study or a scientific or technical career and is also recommended for those who wish to undertake a broader and deeper study of the subject.
- Develop a deep understanding of humanity’s relationship with the planet.
- Participate in exciting fieldwork opportunities.
- Choose from a range of optional modules to tailor your learning to fit your interests.
- Recommended for those who wish to undertake a broader and deeper study of the subject.
- Prepares you for careers in environmental engineering, geographic analysis and other sectors.
Core ModulesYear 1
- Global Tectonics
- Introductory Sedimentology
- Environmental Issues with Maths
- Igneous and Metamorphic Geology
- Physics and Chemistry of the Earth
- Earth Structures
- Introductory Palaeontology
- Scientific and Geological Field Skills
- Stratigraphy and the History of Life
- Regional Geology
- Geological field skills for Environmental students
- Advanced Concepts and Techniques in Geology
- GIS and Remote Sensing
- Environmental Geology Independent Project
- Methods of Environmental Investigation
- Applied Geology (Industrial Placement)
- Independent Environmental Geoscience Project
- Evolution of the Modern Earth
- Field and Research Skills
Optional ModulesYear 1
- All modules are core
- Sedimentary Basin Analysis
- Igneous and Metamorphic Geology
- Applied Geophysics
- Computational Earth Sciences
- Structural Analysis and Remote Sensing
- Marine Geology
- Advanced Topics in Sedimentology
- Aqueous Geology
- Modern Climate Change
- Mineral Resources
- Water Quality
- Air Pollution
- Environmental Inorganic Analysis
Teaching & assessment
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.
The second, third and final year marks do count, with more importance being given to the final year marks in order to reward progress and achievement.
Acceptable Science subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Geography, Biology. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.
A Levels: ABB-BBB
Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A - levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required. Socio - economic factors which may have impacted an applicant's education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants. Read more about what we look for here.
Other UK Qualifications
International & EU requirements
English language requirements
We accept the following internationally-recognised English language qualifications:
- Pearson Test of English
- Cambridge ESOL
Your future career
Environmental Geosciences with a Year in Industry at Royal Holloway, University of London is an ideal pathway towards postgraduate study or a scientific or technical career. This thorough five-year programme will see you graduate with an integrated Masters degree in Environmental Geosciences and acquire hands-on knowledge and experience during your year in industry.
The Department retains excellent industry connections, with representatives regularly visiting the campus to provide careers opportunities for current students. All of our Earth Sciences programmes are accredited by the Geological Society, providing graduates with qualifications recognised and respected by employers in a variety of fields.
Our alumni have gone on to careers in many fields including petroleum geology and geotechnical engineering.
Fees & funding
Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £9250
International students tuition fee per year**: £18900
Other essential costs***: 100 for a set of essential field work equipment, for example a hard hat, compass. £150 per year contribution towards field trip costs.
*The tuition fee for UK and EU undergraduates is controlled by Government regulations, and for students starting a degree in the academic year 2018/19 will be £9,250 for that year. The UK Government has confirmed that EU students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018/19 will pay the same level of fee as a UK student for the duration of their degree.
**Fees for international students may increase year-on-year in line with the rate of inflation. The policy at Royal Holloway is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see fees and funding and our terms and 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.