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Geology (BSc)

Award
Bachelor of Science
Length of course
3 years, starts September 2020
Course type
Full-time
Campus
Waterfront (NOCS)
UCAS course code
F600

About this course

With this 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.

After you graduate, 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 degree in Geology 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

Depending on your grades, you can apply to study abroad at one of our partner universities. There you'll take specialist modules and projects that are not available in the UK.

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.

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 411.51 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Waterfront (NOCS) campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.

Transfer between courses

You can transfer onto the 'Study Abroad' course pathway at the end of the first year. Places are limited to students who achieve the highest grades in the year 1 exams.