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