You will be taught by internationally distinguished researchers who are experts in their field. Each year you attend a major residential field course of 10-14 days. You also attend weekend field classes and have to undertake a substantial amount of field research on your own.
Field courses are designed to complement the lecture programme and lab-based practical classes. In the field, you have the opportunity to cement your theoretical understanding of topics in 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.
Graduates can pursue careers in the oil, mineral and groundwater industries, academia or geology. This degree may also be useful in becoming an engineering geologist, geochemist, higher education lecturer, geophysicist or hydrogeologist.
You can apply until:
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You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
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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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.
The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.
GCSEs required at grade A*-C (or equivalent) in mathematics.
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 Certificates of Higher Education in Earth History and Palaeontology, Forensic Geology, Geology, Mineralogy and Volcanology or Planetary Geology will be considered for a place on the BA, 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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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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