|Study location||United Kingdom, Birmingham|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||4 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
At least one science° A level subject
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
IELTS: 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component)
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
Geology is the scientific study of our planet’s evolution – understanding how it has been shaped over billions of years and what it will be like in the future. It truly is a global science.
The first year provides you with a broad training in topics across the subject, through several compulsory modules. We don’t assume any prior knowledge, and you don’t have to have studied geology before. The chemistry, physics and maths that you require is taught in the context of individual modules, and applied to the problems that you’re investigating. The Field Skills module includes one-day regional field trips and a residential trip to South West Wales, training you in key skills in geological observation, data recording and interpretation.
Geological Field Skills
Research Skills in Earth Sciences
Earth History and Life
Petrology, Volcanology and Geochemistry
The Year 2 content builds on the first year, covering a range of specialised geological topics. This content is compulsory, and ensures that your degree meets the accreditation requirements. The Year 2 field courses take you to Norh West Scotland, where you will focus on geological mapping skills, and to Dorset and Cornwall, where you will cover a wide range of exercises, from palaeontology to structural geology.
Field Skills and Project Planning for Independent Geological Mapping project
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Micropalaeontology and Palaeoenvironmens
Resources and Hydrogeology
Your third year is spent at a partner institution overseas.
There you will have the opportunity to study a number of modules which will count towards your final degree. The year abroad will deepen your learning by exposing you to a new environment with different opportunities.
You may also choose to take advantage of the different geological environment to undertake your undergraduate mapping project in the host country.
The compulsory Year 4 modules include your major research project – in a topic that you will have devised with an academic – and a skills-based module. The skills module includes a field course in Tenerife, focused on volcanic processes and hazards, as well as training you in research and science communication.
Advanced Field, Research and Communication Skills
You also take two optional modules from a wide variety of topics. Example optional modules may include:
Evolution of Vertebrates
Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology
Geological Natural Hazards
Inorganic Chemistry and Groundwater
Groundwater Organic Contaminant Pollution and Remediation
Ore Deposits and Gemmology
Tectonic and Magmatic Processes
Geology careers are extremely diverse, with students going into a wide range of professions. Increasing numbers of our graduates are employed in environmental planning, land remediation hydrogeology and pollution control. Opportunities in some fields, notably the oil and minerals industries, vary from year to year. Other employers include the British Geological Survey (BGS), local authorities, museums, government organisations and engineering and construction companies. Other graduates decide on a career in teaching either from primary or right through to further education. Many students also go on to careers around the world in locations including Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.