BSc Earth and Planetary Sciences

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  • Objectives
    The Geology Department provides a dynamic environment in which to learn more about the evolution of our planet from geoscientists at the forefront of their field. Our students cite the supportive and friendly staff as one of the key reasons for choosing to study here. The Earth is the geoscientist’s laboratory and our degree courses include opportunities for geological fieldwork in the Alps, Tenerife, Spain, Scotland and Wales. Our courses provide a thorough training in the geosciences in preparation for a wide range of careers in industry or further scientific research, across a variety of disciplines such as natural resource exploration or the environmental sector.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements * A/AS levels for all degrees: Three A levels usually required, normally including at least two from: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics. Grades usually from three A-levels, but two AS levels considered in place of one A level only. General Studies is accepted. Geology qualifications are welcomed, although we assume no previous knowledge of Geology. * Additional requirements for Earth and Planetary Sciences courses: A level Physics is required, A level Mathematics preferred; AS level Mathematics accepted. * Additional requirements for Geology with Geophysics courses: One of the A levels must be Physics or Mathematics. If either of Physics or Mathematics is not taken at A level, these subjects must be taken at AS level. * Department Scholarship: We offer competitive scholarships, based on academic performance, at the start of the second, third and fourth years, together with a wide range of prizes and awards in each year for academic achievement and overall performance.
  • Academic title
    BSc Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Course description
    BSc Earth and Planetary Sciences


    First Year

    This emphasises the importance of a sound theoretical and practical understanding of geology, physics and mathematics taught in lectures, practical classes, tutorials and workshops in the Departments of Geology and Physics & Astronomy.

    Second Year

    The processes that shape the Earth and support life on this planet form the main themes. Training in field techniques is provided by a twelve day field course in Scotland. You also learn about planetary physics, astrophysics and remote sensing which develop the concepts of applying Earth observation to other planets.

    Third year

    Core Earth science modules examine the evolution of the Earth and the environment it supports over time. These are combined with a choice of modules in geology, geophysics, the physics of the solar system and space flight. You undertake group and independent project work which develop presentation and communication skills. MGeol students write a dissertation on an Earth and Planetary science topic in preparation for 4th year research work.

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