Skip to main content

Geology (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
Typical Offer
ABB-BBB View full entry requirements
3 years
Course Type
Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton)
UCAS Course code

About this course

On this BSc Geology course, you'll understand the nature, dynamics and evolution of the processes that shaped the Earth over the past 4 billion years. You can visit world-famous sites of geological interest, and access facilities, including the largest Earth and marine sciences library in Europe. You'll graduate with the skills and knowledge to tackle global challenges, or continue your studies.

Geology holds the key to many issues we face today, including the balance between using natural resources and protecting the environment.

You'll graduate as a bachelor of geology, and your expertise will be in high demand in the geological industry. Whether you choose to focus on the need for raw materials, the environmental sector or engineering geology.

With a geology degree you can:

  • gain a thorough grounding in all aspects of the subject
  • examine past climate events to help predict climate change
  • develop ways to discover new natural resources and exploit known ones responsibly
  • understand natural hazards and help avoid them
  • study volcanoes and the behaviour of magma

As part of this course you can:

  • study in a world-leading research institution, National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS)
  • access superb, industry-standard facilities, including the National Oceanographic Library and 150 laboratories
  • go on field trips and residential field courses, both in the UK and abroad
  • gain career benefits through our many links to geological companies
  • develop transferable skills such as teamwork, written and oral communication, planning, presentation, data collection and analysis

Our Geology courses are accredited by The Geological Society of London, meaning our teaching is of the highest quality and approved by an independent body of academics and industrialists.

Foundation year

If you have not studied the required Science subjects for this course, you may be eligible to apply for and enter through our Science Foundation Year.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).


Course location

This course is based at Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton).

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.