Environmental Geology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    9750 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    6935 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
University rank #301 (WUR) Online
We are one of the few departments that meets the Geological Society's recommendation of a minimum of 100 days of fieldwork in a BSc programme. This is a commitment that many full-time courses do not match and, at present, we are the only part-time geology programme that does.

About

Are you interested in geology and environmental issues? Are you concerned about the natural environment of our planet? Perhaps you work, or want to work, in the environmental or civil engineering industries? This course allows you to combine your studies and consider issues such as pollution, water resources, planning and waste disposal.

Each year, students attend a major residential field course of 10-14 days. They also attend numerous 1-day and weekend field trips and are encouraged to undertake a substantial amount of independent field research.

Field courses are designed to complement the lecture programme and laboratory-based practical classes. In the field, students have the opportunity to cement their theoretical understanding of geology with practical experience. At the same time, they develop the skills they need to pursue independent research. We regularly update our field itineraries to keep up with changes in our curriculum. Currently, we take students to the Isle of Skye (Year 1), North-West Scotland (Year 2), and Cyprus and Spain (Years 3 and 4).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Evening
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

Year 1 compulsory modules

  • Assessed Field Techniques 1
  • Earth History
  • Foundations of Mineralogy
  • Introduction to Geochemistry
  • Introduction to Geology
  • Invertebrate Palaeontology

Year 2 compulsory modules

  • Assessed Field Techniques 2
  • Geophysics
  • Igneous Petrology
  • Metamorphic Petrology
  • Principles of Sedimentology
  • Structural Geology I

Years 3 and 4 core/compulsory modules

  • Assessed Field Techniques 3
  • Assessed Field Techniques 4
  • Chemistry and Pollution of Water, Soil and Air
  • Earth's Resources and Raw Materials
  • Geological Hazards
  • Project BSc Environmental Geology

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

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.

International entry requirements

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.

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Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9750 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.

Living costs for London

684 - 830 /month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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