Subject Intent: Why Geology?

Geology is the science of the Earth. Thinking like a Geologist involves applying knowledge to new and novel situations; students learn how to problem solve and interpret data to come to a suitable conclusion about the geological environment, both in the classroom and out in the field. These are valuable skills for future employability in a wide range of careers

What will I study ?
There are three key themes:
• Fundamentals of Geology: elements, minerals and rocks; surface and internal processes (sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks and processes); time and change; earth structure and global tectonics
• Interpreting the geological record: rock forming processes; rock deformation; past life and climates; Earth materials and natural resources
• Geological themes: geohazards; map applications; quaternary Geology
There are three exams:
Component 1: Geological investigations
2hrs 15mins (35% overall)
Component 2: Geological principles and processes 1hr 45mins (30% overall)
Component 3: Geological applications 2hrs (35% overall)
An investigation into a linguistic topic of your choice, and a piece of original writing with an evaluative commentary.

What are the entry requirements?
Please refer to our Course Specific Entry Requirements table here