The flexible modular system on this BSc Geology degree provides you with extensive coverage of all of the fundamental aspects of cutting edge geology. In the later stages, you can tailor your degree to your own requirements, by choosing specialist modules in particular areas. These can range from the applied aspects of mineral, petroleum and environmental geology to the frontier areas of marine geophysics, sediment dynamics, micropalaeontology, active tectonics and its associated natural hazards, seafloor exploration and palaeoclimate change.
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All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Click on the 'How to Apply' tab on the navigation menu for detailed information on how to apply including deadline dates or click here to go directly through to the UCAS website.
The Geological Society of London
Geology has been taught at Southampton since 1862 and this degree programme has an excellent track record for securing work in a relevant field after graduation, The standard of our facilities and teaching place us in the top five universities nationally for geology.
National Student Survey 2015 (NSS)
- 96% of our BSc Geology students were satisfied or very satisfied that the course was intellectually stimulating
- 100% of our BSc Geology students were satisfied or very satisfied that the library resources and service were good enough to meet their needs.
“I place a lot of my success down to the excellent teaching at Southampton and I am very pleased that I chose to go there; it was definitely the right choice for me!”Antony Benham - BSc Geology
Typical entry requirements
ABB grade A levels or equivalent, to include two sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Geography, Maths, Environmental Studies or Physics.
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- 60 (overall intake across all Geology courses)
- Average applications per place:
We will consider your BSc Geology degree application as soon as possible after it arrives at the University. In selecting applicants, we use the information provided on the UCAS form to dermine whether you have the potential to flourish within Ocean and Earth Science.
Candidates who are predicted to attain our standard degree offers will be invited to visit the University and the waterside campus. During this visit, you will meet with one of our academic staff to discuss the offer and explore how your interests and aspirations fit with the course. This formal interview also gives us the opportunity to get to know you.
The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students flagged in this way will be given additional consideration and not be rejected solely on the basis of their predicted (or actual) grades.
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Typical course content
Within the flexible modular system, this BSc Geology degree programme allows you to develop an extensive and in-depth coverage of all of the fundamental aspects of cutting-edge geology.
Innovation modules outside your subject area
Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".
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Learn a language
Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.
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Year one modules will provide you with a thorough introduction to mainstream geology, assuming no previous knowledge. You must also take one optional module in the year, in addition to your mathematics module in Semester 1, subject to pre-requisites and timetabling.
All modules in the second year are compulsory.
Your final year of study commences with a one-week residential structural mapping field course to Anglesey at the end of the Summer Term which is designed to prepare you for the challenge of the five-week independent mapping project completed during your summer vacation. You must also take four option modules across the two semesters. You choose these either from the list below, or from further choices available from Archaeology, Geography or Civil Engineering subject to any pre-requisites and timetabling.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).