Environmental Geology (BSc): 4-year, part-time evening/distance learning course by evening study or distance learning (-)




Birkbeck, University of London 

Environmental Geology (BSc): 4-year, part-time evening/distance learning course by evening study or distance learning

Requirements / Wymagania


Średnia ze zdawanych rozszerzeń

- min. 65% 

Certyfikat językowy IELTS

opcjonalnie jeśli nie spełnisz powyższych wymagań z matury - minimum 6.5  -

About the course

Are you interested in geology and environmental issues? Are you concerned about the natural environment of our planet? Perhaps you work, or want to work, in the environmental or civil engineering industries? This course allows you to combine your studies and consider issues such as pollution, water resources, planning and waste disposal. As well as attending the course at Birkbeck in central London, you can also study by distance learning via our online learning environment, so you can access course materials and recordings of lectures wherever you are in the world - and whenever it suits you.

We are one of the few departments that meets the Geological Society's recommendation of a minimum of 100 days of fieldwork in a BSc programme. This is a commitment that many full-time courses do not match and, at present, we are the only part-time geology programme that does.

Each year, students attend a major residential field course of 10-14 days. They also attend numerous 1-day and weekend fieldtrips and are encouraged to undertake a substantial amount of independent field research.

Field courses are designed to complement the lecture programme and laboratory-based practical classes. In the field, students have the opportunity to cement their theoretical understanding of geology with practical experience. At the same time, they develop the skills they need to pursue independent research. We regularly update our field itineraries to keep up with changes in our curriculum. Currently, we take students to the Isle of Skye (Year 1), North-West Scotland (Year 2), and Cyprus and Spain (Years 3 and 4).

Find out more about our fieldwork opportunities.

Why study this course at Birkbeck? 

  • Our Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences has been offering evening study courses for over 70 years and is ranked in the top 3 departments in the country.
  • You will learn in an environment of active research and be taught by lecturers who are working at the forefront of their specialisms.
  • Our teaching is informed by considerable research into environmental issues, which is ongoing in the department. Current research focuses on areas such as metal pollution, coastal erosion, mineralogy, earthquake prediction and palaeontology.
  • We retain close links with UCL's Department of Earth Sciences, sharing expertise, facilities and events across the 2 institutions, including live streaming of lectures and digital lecture notes. In our joint submission with UCL, Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences at Birkbeck were rated 6th in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • We are part of the joint UCL-Birkbeck Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences (IEPS).
  • We offer residential fieldtrips to sites in Greece, Morocco, Scotland, Spain and Wales.

Course structure

In Years 1 and 2, you will share compulsory modules with the BSc Geology. Once these are completed, you choose from a range of option modules that concentrate on specific environmental aspects. You may also choose modules in other subjects offered by Birkbeck to complement your geological studies or to broaden your scientific background and skills. You will also complete an environmental project.


  • Assessed Field Techniques 1
  • Earth History
  • Foundations of Mineralogy
  • Introduction to Geochemistry
  • Introduction to Geology
  • Invertebrate Palaeontology


  • Assessed Field Techniques 2
  • Geophysics
  • Igneous Petrology
  • Metamorphic Petrology
  • Principles of Sedimentology
  • Structural Geology I
  • Assessed Field Techniques 3
  • Assessed Field Techniques 4
  • Chemistry and Pollution of Water, Soil and Air
  • Earth's Resources and Raw Materials
  • Geological Hazards
  • Project BSc Environmental Geology


At Birkbeck, almost all of our courses are taught in the evening and our teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments. We actively encourage innovative and engaging ways of teaching, to ensure our students have the best learning experience. In the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s system for rating university teaching, Birkbeck was allocated a Silver award.

Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading.

Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your Personal Tutor.

Methods of teaching on this course 

Your study will include a considerable number of laboratory classes supported by web-based learning, and fieldwork.

Over the 4 years of the programme, you will spend about 100 days on field studies, including 10-14 days over the Easter period each year, an average of 3 weekend classes a year (1-3 days each) and time spent on your own choice of project on an environmental geology theme.

Face-to-face lectures are supplemented by our online learning environment, where you can access course materials and recordings of lectures. Distance learning students can attend field classes alongside students taking the BSc degree by evening study.

Find out more about our study support and student facilities.


Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations. You will be given time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Unseen written examinations are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June, and, in most cases, are held during the day on a weekday – if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance. Exam timetables are published online in March each year.

Find out more about assessment at Birkbeck, including guidance on assessment, feedback and our assessment offences policy.

Methods of assessment on this course

A combination of reports on field-based projects, laboratory work and written examinations. Some modules include continuous assessment through written work.


  • Part-time home/EU students: £ 6935 pa


As well as fees, you should expect to pay other study-related expenses, for travel to and from College, books, stationery, etc. Birkbeck provides advice and financial support for students who experience hardship in meeting the travel costs of essential fieldwork or study visits.

On this programme, you will also have to pay for the following additional costs:

There are 4 fieldtrips available as optional elements of this programme, as follows:

  • The fieldtrip to the Isle of Skye, Scotland includes costs for 11 nights’ accommodation (approximately £517, including evening meals), return flights to Inverness (from £100) and a minibus deposit (£120).
  • The fieldtrip to Scourie, Scotland includes costs that usually total around £700.
  • The fieldtrip to Greece includes costs for return flights (approximately £300), hotel (approximately £470) and vehicle hire (approximately £100).
  • The fieldtrip to Morocco includes costs that usually total around £700 for flights and accommodation.
  • In addition, students will need to equip themselves with field-note books and stationery, compass and hammer and GPS equipment (both optional), hand lens, walking boots and all weather clothing for Skye and Scourie.

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