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Environmental Geology (Part-time), B.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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University rank #328 (QS) London, United Kingdom
Are you interested in geology and environmental issues? Are you concerned about the natural environment of our planet? This Environmental Geology (Part-time) course from Birkbeck, University of London allows you to combine your studies and consider issues such as pollution, water resources, planning and waste disposal. 
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Overview

Perhaps you work, or want to work, in the environmental or civil engineering industries. As well as attending the course at Birkbeck in central 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.

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.

Each year, students attend a major residential field course of 10-14 days. They also attend numerous one-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, you have the opportunity to cement your theoretical understanding of geology with practical experience. At the same time, you develop the skills you 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).

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.
  • Our teaching is informed by considerable research into environmental issues, which is ongoing in the Department. Current research focuses on areas such as metal pollution, coastal erosion, mineralogy, earthquake prediction and palaeontology.
  • 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 are part of the joint UCL-Birkbeck Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences (IEPS).
  • 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, geology or academia. This Environmental Geology (Part-time) course from Birkbeck, University of London may also be useful in becoming a higher education lecturer, geologist or researcher.

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:

  • Assessed Field Techniques 
  • Earth's Surface Geology
  • Foundations of Mineralogy
  • Introduction to Geochemistry
  • Introduction to Geology
  • Earth History
  • Igneous Petrology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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    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.

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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
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