Earth scientists delve into the earliest history of our planet and look to the future to better understand threats such as natural disaster and climate change. To do so we need to harness the most sophisticated tools at our disposal.
BSc Digital Geosciences at Royal Holloway, University of London is a specialist programme and one of very few of its kind, designed to focus on the increasingly digital-centric scope of geological work. You’ll gain a unique skillset of computational, data acquisition and data analysis abilities that are highly sought-after in a range of industries.
Join a department consistently ranked among the UK’s top 10 (The Complete University Guide and The Times Good University Guide, 2018), and work in world-leading labs for geochemical analysis, sedimentology and palaeontology. You’ll also enjoy extensive fieldwork opportunities in the UK and overseas, and become a part of a friendly, community-focussed department with an excellent staff-to-student ratio.
You’ll be taught by expert academics involved with cutting-edge research, 94% of which is rated world-leading or internationally excellent by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 – ranking us no.2 in the UK (THE REF institutions ranked by subject).
BSc Digital Geosciences is a groundbreaking programme geared towards securing graduates a career in the Earth Sciences and a range of other sectors where these skills are heavily in demand.
- Specialise in the digital aspects of geological work.
- Taught by academics involved with cutting-edge research.
- You’ll learn how to harness the most sophisticated tools at our disposal.
- Develop skills and analysis abilities that are highly sought after in a range of industries.
- Graduate with a degree accredited by the Geological Society.
Core ModulesYear 1
- Global Tectonics
- Introductory Sedimentology
- Igneous and Metamorphic Geology
- Physics and Chemistry of the Earth
- Earth Structures
- Introductory Palaeontology
- Scientific and Geological Field Skills
- Regional Geology
- Applied Geophysics
- Computational Earth Sciences
- Independent Research in Computational Earth Sciences
- Structural Analysis and Remote Sensing
- Advanced Concepts and Techniques in Geology
- Independent Project
Optional ModulesYear 1
- Environmental Issues with Maths
- Petroleum Geology with Maths
- Stratigraphy and the History of Life
- Sedimentary Basin Analysis
- Igneous and Metamorphic Geology
- Marine Geology
- Advanced Topics in Sedimentology
- Aqueous Geology
- GIS and Remote Sensing
- Planetary Geology and Geophysics
- Advanced Techniques in Tectonic and Structural Interpretation
- Modern Climate Change
- The Geology of Petroleum
- Advanced Palaeontology
Teaching & assessment
Teaching and learning is conducted primarily by means of practical classes. Lectures are used to introduce material and provide a context for private study, while tutorials supplement and reinforce knowledge and understanding. Computational and laboratory project work carried out as individuals or in teams represent valuable opportunities for students to develop in-depth knowledge of specialist areas and help bring the syllabus to life.
Assessment is through a mix of coursework and end-of-year examination in varying proportions, depending on the chosen course units. Coursework can include literature research reports, fieldwork and laboratory exercises and reports, computer-based research projects, oral presentations and independent dissertations.
In the final year you will carry out an independent computational research project and write a research report with individual guidance from your tutor. In year 2 you’ll prepare a project proposal which will help to guide you through the independent project in year 3.
The first year is foundational, and marks do not count towards your final degree. The second and final-year marks do count, with the final year marks being more heavily weighted in order to reward progress and achievement.
A Levels: ABB-BBB
Acceptable Mathematics subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Statistics. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.
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.
Other UK Qualifications
International & EU requirements
English language requirements
All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start.
The scores we require
- IELTS: 6.5 overall. No subscore lower than 5.5.
- Pearson Test of English: 61 overall. Writing 54. No subscore lower than 51.
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE III.
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.
For more information about country-specific entry requirements for your country please visit here. For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer an International Foundation Year, run by Study Group at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, students can progress on to selected undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Your future career
BSc Digital Geosciences at Royal Holloway, University of London is a new degree programme that is structured to prepare graduates for careers in the Earth Sciences and a variety of related sectors. You'll develop a broad skillset including computer modelling, data acquisition and data analysis skills, attractive to employers in the resources sector, environmental organisations and many other fields.
Our students benefit from one-to-one advice from a Careers Consultant, and industry representatives regularly visit the Department to provide careers opportunities and advice.
Fees & funding
Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £9250
International students tuition fee per year**: £19400
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, and is shown for reference purposes only. The tuition fee for UK and EU undergraduates has not yet been confirmed for students starting a degree in the academic year 2019/20.
**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.