Environmental Geologists are at the forefront of research into some of the most significant threats facing humankind, from natural disasters such as earthquakes and volcanoes to manmade issues such as climate change, pollution and resource depletion.
The BSc Environmental Geology is a highly practical programme that examines the extent and effects of human interaction with the environment, as well as the geological processes that have an impact on the wider world around us. A focus on problem solving will provide you with the practical skillset you need to make a real difference to the ways in which we interact with our planet. 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.
Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London is one of the UK's most highly-regarded departments, consistently ranked among the top 10 (The Complete University Guide and The Times Good University Guide, 2018). You’ll become a part of a friendly, community-focussed department with an excellent staff-to-student ratio and learn with staff who are at the forefront of geological research.
You’ll graduate with a range of transferrable skills to take into the workplace, including environmental investigation, stratigraphy and geochemistry skills.
Pursue your passion for Environmental Geology and set yourself on the path to a rewarding career in your chosen field.
- 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
- 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.
A Levels: ABB-BBB
- A-level in at least one science-based subject such as Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Geography or Biology.
- 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
The Department of Earth Sciences has a high graduate employment rate, with 94% of alumni in work or further education within six months of graduating. The Environmental Geology programme will provide you with a diverse practical skillset geared towards securing a career in Earth Sciences and other related fields, with many alumni finding work in sectors including mining geology, exploration geology, environmental consulting and map editing.
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.
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 UK Government regulations, and for students starting a degree in the academic year 2018/19 is £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.