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Geology BSc MSci Degrees

Geology is one of the most exciting, dynamic and relevant sciences in the world today.

Second year Spanish Field trip
Second year Spanish Field trip

Geological investigations hold the key to many current global challenges. This includes understanding past climatic perturbation in order to predict future climate change, developing ways to discover new natural resources and exploit known ones responsibly, and understanding natural hazards and mitigating them.

Geology integrates many other scientific disciplines in the study of the nature, dynamics and evolution of the physical, chemical and biological processes operating on the Earth over the past four billion years - and even extends to studying other bodies in the solar system. 

A degree in geology will enable you to study a wide spectrum of scientific disciplines and acquire subject-specific and transferable skills that are much sought after by employers. The continued demand for raw materials such as oil, gas and minerals ensures there will be a continued need for graduate geologists for many years to come.

Professional Accreditation

As a leading geology university, our geology and geophysics programmes are accredited by The Geological Society. Current students can apply for Candidate Fellowship and once graduated can apply for Fellowship status.

Why study Geology at Southampton?

Our Impact

A multinational research team, led by scientists at Ocean and Earth Science have developed a new record of the carbon dioxide (CO2) content of the Earth’s atmosphere during the Pliocene – between 2.3 and 3.3 million years ago. Find out more.

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“I have taken fieldtrips to Tenby, Wales and Ingleton, North Yorkshire. Both of these were fantastic and a real learning curve. My best memory has to be the Geological Society trip to Italy in 2015. Seeing Sorrento, Vesuvius and Capri in all their splendour was something that I won’t forget.”

Jamie Kelly - MSci Geology, 2018
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