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MESci (Hons)Geology and Geophysics

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Overview

This four-year degree delivers advanced and rigorous training in both geophysics and geology, including a high proportion of field based work, and fundamental training in physics and mathematics. This degree is accredited by the Geological Society of London, satisfying the requirements of Fellowship and Chartered Geologist status. Graduates are highly successful in finding degree-related careers or continuing onto PhD programmes. The degree programme provides an excellent background for a wideranging career in geosciences, allowing (for example) flexible career paths between geology and geophysics in a large company. Transfer to a Geology degree is possible up to the end of Year One.

You will cover core topics in geophysics, geology, physics and mathematics. Major features include training in practical geology and geophysics, exploration geophysics (particularly seismology), planetary-scale geophysics and geophysical inverse theory. Fieldwork currently involves field areas in Ireland, Wales, Tenerife, and Spain.

In Year Three, you will undertake an independent field mapping project and dissertation, either in the UK or abroad. In the final year you will work within one of our geophysical research groups to undertake a substantial research project, often producing research of publishable quality thus providing an ideal entry into further research degrees if desired.

Programme structure

Programme Year One

A strong feature of Years One and Two is the acquisition of fundamentals in Maths, Physics, Geology and Geophysics supported by an integrated approach to transferable skills conveyed through the tutorial system. Students take the following compulsory modules:

Study Skills and GIS
Introduction to Field Geology
Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics
Introduction to Sedimentary Rocks and Fossils
Introduction to Structural Geology and Geological Maps
Newtonian Dynamics
Maths for Physics 1
Maths for Physics 2

Fieldwork:

1 day in North England (Autumn)
8 days in Pembrokeshire (Easter)

Programme Year Two

Students take the following compulsory modules:

Minerals, Magmas and Volcanoes
Geophysical Mathematics and Potential Theory
Exploration Geophysics
Seismology and Computing
Structural Geology and Interpretation of Geological Maps
Field Mapping Techniques
Dynamic Stratigraphy
Electromagnetism

One option from:

Magmatism and Volcanic Hazards
Deep Earth Mineralisation Systems

Fieldwork:

15 days Geological Mapping Training in Spain (Easter)

Programme Year Three

Students take the following compulsory modules:

Metamorphism and Crustal Evolution
Environmental Geophysics
Quantitative tectonics
Exploration Geophysics and Signal Processing
Advanced Field Techniques
Field Project Dissertation
Volcano, earthquake and tsunami geophysics
Science communication

Fieldwork:

13 days Advanced Field Techniques in Donegal in the summer between Years Two and Three

Project:

Geological Field Project and Dissertation (35 days fieldwork in the summer between Years Two and Three). Dissertation write-up in Semester One, Year Three.

Programme Year Four

Students take the following compulsory modules:

Geophysical Project (Masters level)
Geophysical Data Modelling
Geophysical Exploration Techniques (Masters level)

One option from:

Geodynamics Field Class
Geohazards and Risk Mitigation
Mineral Deposits in Space and Time
Rock Deformation

Fieldwork:

14 days in Tenerife (winter)
Optional seven day Geodynamics field class in Spain (Easter)

Project:

Field, laboratory or computer-based Advanced Geophysics project.

Career opportunities

There has never been a better time to study Earth Sciences. Many of the fundamental questions of our times will be answered by geoscientists, as we seek to provide sustainable resources for the world’s population, as well as predict and mitigate climate change and natural hazards by building a better understanding of the planet on which we live.

The majority of our recent graduates have gained employment within a degree-related field or continued within further education after graduation. We have close links with geoscience and environmental industries ensuring that our degrees properly equip you for future employment. The truly interdisciplinary nature of our degrees additionally makes graduates in the Earth Sciences highly sought after by other employment sectors.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States