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Earth Science, BSc (Hons)

Newcastle University, the United Kingdom

Newcastle University

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About Earth Science, BSc (Hons) - at Newcastle University

Course Overview

If you are interested in the processes that have shaped the structure and development of the Earth, this three-year BSc degree is for you.

At a Glance

UCAS Code
F641

UCAS Institution Name and Code
NEWC, N21

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Degree Awarded
BSc Honours

Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 33-35 points

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Earth science covers everything from the formation of rocks and minerals to the impact of human activity on the sustainability of resources.

You'll study the Earth at the molecular, micro- and macro-scale, from the chemistry of a single element to the processes that shape the continents.

Your key areas of study include:

  • geology
  • geochemistry and geomicrobiology
  • GIS and remote sensing
  • Earth systems

You'll develop career-enhancing practical skills through hands-on experience with our industry-standard equipment and high-spec labs, as well as field skills through regular field days and residential field courses.

Highlights of this degree

Quality and ranking

Quality and ranking

Earth and Marine Sciences at Newcastle ranks in the top 200 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.

Professional accreditation

Professional accreditation

Our Earth Science degrees are designed to enable them to be accredited by the Geological Society, and we expect accreditation to be in place in due course.

An accredited degree:

  • provides assurances that your degree programme is of the high standard expected by industry
  • reduces the amount of experience required should you wish to apply to become a Chartered Geologist or Chartered Scientist

Find out more about the benefits of Geological Society accreditation.

Practical skills

Practical skills

Earth science underpins a range of interesting careers and this degree equips you with practical skills that are in demand with employers across the globe.

You will develop a strong understanding of the fundamental pillars of Earth science, such as:

  • geology
  • geochemistry
  • global imaging systems and remote sensing

You learn the practical applications of this knowledge, and also gain an appreciation of the engineering and technological applications of Earth science.

Through field trips and practical sessions, you develop highly desirable skills such as:

  • field observation
  • analysis skills

Using our our world-class analytical labs you also:

  • develop expertise in laboratory techniques
  • gain hands-on experience using industry-standard equipment

Fieldwork

Fieldwork

There are lots of opportunities to explore the environment and develop hands-on skills using our high-tech equipment, including:

  • frequent field days, reinforcing classroom learning and helping you apply your knowledge to practical contexts
  • an annual residential field course, in the UK or abroad

During welcome week in your first year, you also go on a residential course where you will have an opportunity to meet staff and fellow students, to help you settle in and make friends.

Research opportunities

Research opportunities

Students will have access to our world-class analytical laboratories including:

  • Gas Chromatography
  • Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry
  • High Pressure Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

These laboratories enable you to conduct high-quality research, alongside our expert academic staff, to complement the teaching and practical classes delivered during your degree.

Facilities and support

This degree is delivered by the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences and is based in the Drummond Building and the Cassie Building. You will also be taught in various specialist centres across the University, as appropriate.

Facilities

Our facilities for earth science include world-class analytical laboratories, including:

  • Gas Chromatography
  • Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry
  • High Pressure Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

Support

You'll be supported by:

  • a personal tutor throughout your degree

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 33-35 points

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