Geology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    13000 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    9250 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 64 days' fieldwork in a BSc programme. This is a commitment that many full-time courses do not match and at present we are only one of a few geology programmes that does.

About

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.

Careers and employability

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.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Geological Societyas a recognised professional qualification.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Evening
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Year 1

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

Year 2

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

Year 3

  • Assessed Field Techniques 3
  • Assessed Field Techniques 4
  • Map and Thesis
  • Project BSc Geology

Option modules

  • Advanced Palaeontology
  • Earth's Resources and Raw Materials
  • Exploration and Modelling of Planetary Interiors
  • Global Tectonics
  • Magmatic Processes
  • Volcanism in the Solar System

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

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.

UCAS tariff points :120 - for full time programme

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.

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 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.

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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Tuition Fee

  • International

    13000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • Part-time home/EU students: £ 6935  
  • Part-time overseas students: £ 9750 

Living costs for London

684 - 830 /month
Living Costs

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Funding

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