About this course
Explore the mysteries of the planet and develop an in-depth understanding of the Earth as a complex system. As part of this integrated Masters course, you'll spend your third year studying abroad at a renowned research institution. You'll gain the knowledge and skills for a high-level career in geoscience or to continue your scientific research.
This course will provide you with extensive, in-depth knowledge of geology. You'll explore subjects such as:
plate boundary tectonics
natural resources and sustainable development
current and past climate change
In the final year, you'll choose a topic and carry out your own research investigation. You'll work with our academic experts and world-class analytical facilities.
Your expertise will be in high demand after you graduate, as we increase our demand for raw materials like:
rare earth elements like copper and nickel
With a degree in Geology you can:
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
You'll study for a year at a partner institution, including:
Pennsylvania State University, USA
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
University of Bergen, Norway
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 has been approved by an independent body of academics and industrialists.
- Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton), Southampton
- Highfield, Southampton
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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