Within the flexible modular system, the MSci Geology degree programme allows you to develop an extensive and in-depth coverage of all of the fundamental aspects of cutting-edge geology. You will examine such subjects as the evolution of the Earth as a complex land-ocean-atmosphere system, study the development, the tectonic development of the Earth’s continental margins and their impact on Earth’s resources, and the complex processes resulting in the Earth’s climate, past and present.
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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 of securing geological employment. We have links with a range of geological companies across all discipline areas, from hydrocarbon and mineral exploration to marine surveying and environmental geology.
The National Student Survey 2015
- In the NSS 2015 Geology scored 93% for ‘the teaching on my course’
- 96% geology students agreed or strongly agreed that staff are good at explaining things
- 100% geology students agreed or strongly agreed that the library resources and services are good enough for my needs
“Ocean and Earth Science has helped me get to where I am today and will continue to aid me in the future. I would recommend Southampton to anyone with an interest in geology. I have friends who have completed geology degrees at other universities throughout the UK and I honestly believe that the staff, teaching, facilities and opportunities provided by Southampton are some of the best in the country.”Christine Fildes - MSci Geology
Typical entry requirements
AAB grade A levels or equivalent, the A grades to be from two of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Maths or Physics.
You can find a list of equivalent qualifications on the Entry Requirements page.
For details of our English Language entry requirements please see here
- 60 (overall intake across all Geology courses)
- Average applications per place:
We will consider your MSci 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 determine 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.
Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.
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Typical course content
Within the flexible modular system, this MSci 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.
There are two residential field courses in the third year, firstly a week-long structural mapping field course to Anglesey at the end of the Summer Term, followed by a five-week independent mapping project during your Summer vacation. You will choose four optional modules from the lists below.
A major part of your final year will be an extensive individual research project that will develop your competency as a geologist. THREE optional modules should be chosen from the recommended list below. However, other options are available and may be chosen subject to timetabling and module pre-requisites.
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).