You will follow Southampton's MSci Geology degree programme in years one and two, then, following your five-week independent mapping project during the summer vacation, you will enrol at the overseas university to study an exciting variety of advanced modules during year three. A bespoke programme of modules will be created through discussion between the Geology Programme Leader, their equivalent at the overseas university and yourself. Your final year, back in Southampton, will again follow the innovative, research-led MSci Geology degree programme, but you may also carry out a summer research collaboration with new colleagues from your overseas university.
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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. Credits gained in your exchange country will count towards your degree result. Please note that places on this programme are strictly limited
The National Student Survey 2015
- 96% geology students agreed or strongly agreed that staff are good at explaining things
- In the NSS 2015 Geology scored 96% for learning resources
- 100% geology students agreed or strongly agreed that the library resources and services are good enough for my needs
Typical entry requirements
A*AA grade A levels or equivalent from the following: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Maths or Physics.
You can find a list of equivalent qualifications on the Entry Requirements page.
For details of our English Language requirements please see here
- 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 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. As a ‘study abroad' applicant, this formal interview must take place before we can make you an offer.
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.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Typical course content
Within the flexible modular system, this 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.
The third year is currently undertaken at Pennsylvania State University (PSU). For administrative purposes, students are enrolled on SOES3038 and SOES3039 which 'house' modules taken at PSU. More detailed information on the specific modules available and recommendations of module combinations will be provided nearer the time. Students will undertake their individual field mapping over the summer break and complete the written report whilst at PSU.
You will return to Southampton for your final year. You will conduct a major research project alongside further taught modules. 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).