Environmental Geology is at the front line in the fight against some of the greatest threats facing humankind. From manmade crises including climate change and resource depletion to life-threatening natural disasters such as volcanoes and earthquakes, the skills of environmental geologists are called upon to overcome a complex set of problems.
Study Environmental Geology with a Year in Industry at Royal Holloway, University of London and you’ll gain an advanced understanding of the geological processes that affect the world around us, while examining the extent of human interaction with the environment. This flexible four-year programme includes a year in industry, providing you with invaluable career experience and the opportunity to put your knowledge and skills into practice.
You’ll study in a dynamic, research-led department, consistently ranked among the UK’s top 10 (The Complete University Guide and The Times Good University Guide 2018). You’ll contribute to our leading research, and in your final year you'll choose from a range of optional modules including Marine Geology and Volcanology.
Learning takes place in our friendly, community-focussed department, with a high staff-to-student ratio. Participating in exciting fieldwork opportunities in the UK and overseas will develop your scientific understanding and hands-on experience of environmental, ecological and health issues.
You’ll graduate with real, applicable industry experience and a diverse transferrable skillset including environmental investigation, stratigraphy and geochemistry skills. This flexible programme is geared towards maximising your career opportunities in Environmental Geology and beyond.
- Gain a thorough understanding of environmental geoscience.
- Contribute to our leading research working alongside our expert academics.
- Optional modules to tailor your degree around your interests.
- Participate in extensive fieldwork opportunities
- Graduate with practical and research skills needed for a rewarding career.
- Graduate with a degree accredited by the Geological Society.
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
- Applied Geology (Industrial Placement)
- Advanced Concepts and Techniques in Geology
- Environmental Geology Independent Project
- Aqueous Geology
- Methods of Environmental Investigation
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
- GIS and Remote Sensing
- Modern Climate Change
- Mineral Resources
Teaching & assessment
Teaching and learning is mostly by means of practical classes, which comprise 60% of the timetabled study time. Lectures are used to introduce material and provide a context for private study. Tutorials supplement and reinforce knowledge and understanding. Field and laboratory project work carried out as individuals or in teams are valuable opportunities for students to develop in-depth knowledge of specialist areas and help to bring the syllabus to life.
Assessment is by a mixture 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, oral presentations and independent dissertations. In the final year you will produce an independent geological map and write a research report with individual guidance from your tutor.
Year 1 is foundational, and marks do not count towards your final degree. Year 2, optional year abroad and final year marks do count, with the final year marks being more heavily weighted 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
Study Environmental Geology with a Year in Industry at Royal Holloway, University of London and benefit from a programme developed to maximise your career opportunities. You’ll gain valuable experience and build valuable connections during your year in industry, and develop a robust practical skillset to make you an attractive prospect to potential employers.
The Department of Earth Sciences has established excellent industry connections, and representatives regularly visit the campus to provide careers opportunities for current students. Our alumni have gone on to find careers in fields including mining geology, exploration geology, environmental consulting and map editing.
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, 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 starting a degree at Royal Holloway in the academic year 2019/20 have not yet been set, and those for 2018/19 are shown for reference purposes only. 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.