Geology is the study of the world beneath your feet – it’s the course to choose if you want to really understand how the planet, the landscape and life have changed over billions of years.
Geology is concerned with the Earth’s origin, structure, composition and history, as well as the physical, chemical and biological processes that have formed it. By graduation, you’ll understand relevant scientific principles and how to apply them to a huge range of geological questions and problems.
You’ll explore diverse topics, including how to describe, analyse and interpret rocks, how volcanoes are formed, how ice ages originate, how mountains form, how to search for oil and gas, and what Britain was like 500 million years ago.
Our Geology course emphasises applied geology, so you will learn vital skills for the workplace, including geographical information systems (GIS), geological mapping, and analysis of geological materials. We pride ourselves on oﬀering some of the most extensive fieldwork of any UK university geology course, at locations in the UK and overseas, which currently include Azores and Spain.
In the first year of the Geology degree, you will gain basic geological knowledge and scientific background. In years two and three, you will enjoy more detailed study and develop practical and transferable skills.
Foundation Year: Geology degree
- Foundation Physical Science
- Foundation Earth Science
- Key Skills and Professional Development
- Key Ideas in Geography
- Geo Field Techniques (Devon/Cornwall Field Excursion)
- Foundations of Mathematics
Year One: Geology degree
- The Dynamic Earth
- Rocks, Minerals and Fossils
- Basic Field Geology 1 (Pembrokeshire Field Excursion)
- Basic Field Geology 2 (Lake District Excursion)
- Introduction to Data Analysis and GIS
- Geological Research Techniques
Year Two: Geology degree
- The Evolving Earth
- Structural Geology
- Geological Expedition (Almeria, Spain)
- Digital Mapping for Geology
Year Three: Geology degree
- Basin Analysis and Hydrocarbon Exploration
- Geophysical Methods
- Independent Geological Mapping and Research Project
- Engineering and Mining Geology
The Geology degree is taught using a combination of lectures, laboratory sessions, tutorials, practicals, and UK field trips. The course contains around 35% practical work and most modules include a fieldwork element.
The number of hours of formal teaching will vary depending on your module choice and year of study. The focus of this Geology degree is hands-on learning, so you will gain practical skills that are supported by the study of theory.
You will study six modules through the year. In the main, this will comprise of two hours of class or laboratory time per module per week. There are 24 teaching weeks meaning that you will have, over the course of the year, 48 hours of class delivery per module. It is the expectation of the school that for every hour you have in a classroom you will undertake an additional hour of independent learning.