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MESci (Hons)Geology

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The first two years of this four-year degree are shared with the BSc Geology programme; the final two years provide more advanced training in all aspects of geology. You choose from a wide range of applied and more academic modules to create your own pathway. There is a high level of field-based training designed specifically to give you skills in data analysis, synthesis, problem solving, research and reporting your results. Semester two of Year Three can be spent abroad at a partner university in Australia or New Zealand. This degree is accredited by the Geological Society of London, satisfying the requirements of Fellowship and Chartered Geologist status. Graduates from this degree are very successful in finding degree-related employment or continuing onto PhD programmes.

In Years One and Two we provide core training in all key areas of Geology. You will undertake an independent field-based project and complete a dissertation in Year Three. Modules specific to the four-year programme include Volcanic Processes, Geohazards, Mineral Deposits, Geodynamics and Rock Deformation. Year Three and Four field classes visit Northern Spain and Tenerife. In Year Four, you will work within one of our research groups and complete a major geological research project. This will involve development of research and communication skills through a project proposal, literature review, journal-style manuscript and conference-style talk. Results often get published in international journals.

Programme structure

Programme Year One

Year One aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to core disciplines in geoscience assuming no prior knowledge of the subject. A strong feature of Year One is the development of transferable skills (e.g. Geographical Information Systems [GIS], IT, essay writing, oral communication), integrated within a tutorial system. Tutorials are run by academic staff.

Programme Year Two

Year Two takes subjects to greater depth and builds student skills in synthesising and evaluating geological data. A key part of the year is training students in preparation for their Year Three independent field projects, particularly in tutorial sessions run by academic staff.

Programme Year Three

Years Three and Four lead students to research-level understanding of a range of Earth Science problems and issues, via formal teaching and independent research work. A major feature of the third year is the independent Field Project and Dissertation in which students have the opportunity to conduct a major piece of independent fieldwork and present it in a substantial report.

Programme Year Four

Year 4 concentrates on the development of high-level research skills through training in research methods and completion of a major research project working within one of the departmental research groups. In this project you will choose the topic to be studied and will use state-of-the-art research equipment.

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