The flexible modular system 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.
Geological specialisations range from the applied aspects of resource and environmental geology to the frontier areas of sediment dynamics, seafloor exploration and the history of the oceans. An equally-wide choice is available to you in physical geography, with most BSc Geology with Physical Geography degree students choosing to specialise in surface physical processes such as rivers, glaciers, coastal erosion and in such areas as Quaternary climatic change.
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The Geological Society of London
Southampton has one of the country's top geography departments and geology has been taught at Southampton since 1862
National Student Survey 2015
- 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.
- 98% geology students agreed or strongly agreed that they have been able to access general IT resources when needed
Typical entry requirements
ABB grade A-levels or equivalent, to include Geography (Grade A) and at least one from Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Maths, Environmental Studies or Physics.
You can find a list of equivalent qualifications on the Entry Requirements page.
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- 60 (overall intake across all Geology courses)
- Average applications per place:
We will consider your application for the BSc Geology with Physical Geography degree 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.
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Typical course content
Within the flexible modular system, this degree in geology with physical geography programme allows you not only to develop an extensive and in-depth coverage of all of the fundamental aspects of cutting-edge geology, but the ability to tailor your degree to your own requirements, by choosing to specialise in particular areas of both Geology (75%) and Physical Geography (25%).
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. The Physical Geography component of the course will introduce you to Geomorphological processes and process and change in the Earth system.
At the start of the Summer vacation between first and second years, you will participate in 12 days fieldwork in Yorkshire during which you are guided through the processes of preparing a geological map of an area around five square kilometres.
Over the two second year semesters, you will take three optional modules, including one SOES and two GEOG modules from the recommended list below.
At the end of the summer vacation prior to the start of the third year, there is a compulsory residential field course in the final year, which is a week-long mapping trip to Anglesey. You then have a choice of either a laboratory based project (SOES3027) or the five-week independent mapping project (SOES3025) during your Summer vacation. You must also take five optional modules across the two semesters. From the options listed below, you will normally choose two GEOG modules and THREE SOES modules.
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).