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.
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.
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You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
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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; Forensic Geology; Geology; Mineralogy and Volcanology; Planetary Geology will be considered for a place on the BSc, with the possibility of exemption from the first-year modules.
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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