Understanding the Earth Sciences means understanding the past, present and future of our planet and the living things on it. Geoscience with a Year in Industry at Royal Holloway, University of London takes a holistic approach to the Earth Sciences, bringing together disciplines including chemistry, physics, biology and maths to give you a more thorough understanding of the processes that govern our world.
This flexible programme gives you the chance to select from a variety of optional modules including Volcanology and Terrestrial Palaeoecology, allowing you to tailor your degree to your own interests and ambitions. You’ll experience a year in industry, gaining applicable work experience and putting your skills to use during an industrial placement year.
You’ll study in a department consistently ranked among the country’s top 10 (The Complete University Guide and The Times Good University Guide 2018), and graduate with a Masters degree in a field with excellent graduate employment prospects. Department of Earth Sciences alumni have gone on to enjoy careers in the hydrocarbon and environmental industries, among others.
Pursue your passion for Geoscience at Royal Holloway and you’ll contribute to our leading research culture, submitting your Independent Geoscience Project in Year 5 with the option for an additional Research Proposal.
- Develop an in-depth understanding of the complex systems that govern our planet
- Join a research intensive department, with 94% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent (REF, 2014)
- Graduate with an integrated Masters degree in Earth Sciences
- This degree accredited by the Geological Society can lead to Chartered Geologist status
- Gain practical skills geared towards a career in Earth Sciences and other related fields
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
- Stratigraphy and the History of Life
- Regional Geology
- Igneous and Metamorphic Geology
- Advanced Scientific and Field Skills
- Advanced Concepts and Techniques in Geology
- Independent Field Mapping
- Applied Geology (Industrial Placement)
- Independent Geoscience Project
- Formation and Evolution of the continents
- Evolution of the Modern Earth
- Field and Research Skills
- Research Proposal and Critical Review
Optional ModulesYear 1
- Environmental Issues with Maths
- Petroleum Geology with Maths
- Sedimentary Basin Analysis
- Applied Geophysics
- Computational Earth Sciences
- Structural Analysis and Remote Sensing
- Marine Geology
- Advanced Topics in Sedimentology
- Aqueous Geology
- Planetary Geology and Geophysics
- Advanced Techniques in Tectonic and Structural Interpretation
- Modern Climate Change
- Mineral Resources
- Advanced Palaeontology
- All modules are core
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
Study Geoscience with a Year in Industry and you’ll be in a strong position to progress into postgraduate study or a rewarding career in your chosen field. Our alumni have gone on to a variety of sectors including the hydrocarbon and mineral extraction industries and environmental professions, among others.
You’ll graduate with a Masters degree in a field with excellent employment prospects for graduates, while your year in industry will equip you with valuable career experience and professional connections. All Department of Earth Sciences degrees are accredited by the Geological Society as a fast track route to Fellowship with professional recognition as a Chartered Geologist.
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.