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Earth Sciences (Part-time), B.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #328 (QS) London, United Kingdom
Earth science is the study of the world around us. This Earth Sciences (Part-time) course at Birkbeck, University of London introduces you to a range of disciplines, from geophysics to palaeontology, and from volcanology to sedimentology.
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Overview

As well as attending this Earth Sciences (Part-time) course at Birkbeck, University of London, you can also study by distance learning via our online learning environment, so you can access course materials and recordings of lectures wherever you are in the world - and whenever it suits you.

The earth sciences cover a broad spectrum of research topics. You may have an interest in studying the evolution of life through the millennia, working with the fossil record to chart the development and extinction of species. You may be interested in looking at the dynamics involved in geohazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes. You may want to reconstruct ancient environments with an eye to addressing key environmental issues of our time, such as climate change and coastal erosion. Or you may wish to expand your general knowledge of the sciences, developing your skills of data collection and scientific analysis.

Highlights

  • Our Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences has been offering evening study courses for over 70 years.
  • You will learn in an environment of active research and be taught by lecturers who are working at the forefront of their specialisms.
  • Studying with us will give you access to world-class research facilities. We are part of the joint UCL-Birkbeck Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences (IEPS).
  • We retain close links with UCL's Department of Earth Sciences, sharing expertise, facilities and events across the two institutions, including live streaming of lectures and digital lecture notes. In our joint submission with UCL, Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences at Birkbeck were rated sixth in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • We offer residential field trips to sites in Greece, Morocco, Scotland, Spain and Wales.

Careers

Graduates can pursue careers in the oil, mineral and groundwater industries, academia or geology. This degree may also be useful in becoming a geologist, palaeontologist, environmental consultant or landscape architect.

We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Earth's Surface Geology
  • Foundations of Mineralogy
  • Introduction to Geochemistry
  • Introduction to Geology
  • Assessed Field Techniques 
  • Geology of the Solar System I: Introduction to Planetary and Lunar Geology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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General Requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

Alternative Entry Routes

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in a science-based subject.
  • Students who successfully complete Birkbeck's Certificate of Higher Education in Earth History and Palaeontology, Geology, Mineralogy and Volcanology or Planetary Science with Astronomy will be considered for a place on the BSc, with the possibility of exemption from the first-year modules.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10500 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6935 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6935 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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