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Geology (Hons), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Keele, United Kingdom
The Geology (Hons) course at Keele University extends our core combined honours Geology modules by adding wider, interdisciplinary elements such as geophysics and geochemistry to your degree.
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The Geology (Hons) course at Keele University examines the Earth, its structure, formation, composition, history, processes, resources, hazards and materials. It looks at rocks, minerals and fossils, how they were formed, how they can be exploited as a resource, and what they can tell us about the history of the Earth.

In addition to looking at rocks, minerals and fossils, how they were formed, what they can tell us about the history of the Earth and its past environments, as well as investigation of geological processes such as plate tectonics and exploration for geological resources such as oil, gas, metals and minerals, you will also study broader subjects such as geoscience and society, forensic geoscience and Earth systems. There is a strong emphasis on fieldwork and applied problem-solving laboratory classes in the course, with field courses both in the UK and overseas. A pathway through your degree is available where field course transport and accommodation costs are covered by the University.

This course provides a diverse range of specialist options. We focus particularly on applied research skills: you will learn to collect, analyse and interpret different types of geological data, and to carry out your own research using specialist software and equipment. Furthermore, you will complete a comprehensive and integrated UK and overseas fieldwork programme with no cost options.

You will acquire a wide range of transferable skills, including communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, evaluate and synthesise information from diverse sources. You will develop subject specific-skills like the ability to manipulate, analyse and present geospatial data using industry standard GIS and drawing software.

Jobs that a graduate of this course could go on to do:

  • Geophysicist
  • Wellsite Geologist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Seismic Interpreter
  • Mudlogger
  • Geochemist
  • Engineering Geologist
  • Geoscientist
  • Environmental Consultant 
  • Minerals Surveyor 
  • Geophysical Data 
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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • The first year of the Geology programmes lays the foundations for detailed study of higher concepts in years 2 and 3. You don’t have to have any previous geological knowledge as the courses will begin from basics.
  • During the second year, particular attention is paid to observation, recording and interpretation of geological phenomena in the field and laboratory, including an extensive overseas field course. It is the intention that by the end of the second year you will have been given a complete grounding in geology that will allow you to carry out your own independent geological studies.
  • The third year of the Geology programmes will involves a combination of compulsory (core) and option modules. Please see details of available modules listed in the course structure section of this web page.

English Language Requirements

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements


  • A Level requirement BBC
  • English at C (or 4) OR equivalent qualification, please contact us for advice

  • BTEC requirements DMM
  • 30 points 
  • Obtain Access to Higher Education Diploma with 112 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Keele

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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