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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
4 Years

Domestic course fees
EU 3000

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 3000

All study options

About Geology at University College Cork

Overview

Geology is the study of the history of the Earth and other planets in our solar system, their chemical and physical composition, and their structure and evolution.

It includes investigations intothe nature and composition of the Earth's outer crust, as well as a study of its deep interior. These studies allow us to understand the formation and occurrence of important natural resources suchas coal, oil, gas, groundwater and mineral deposits.

The study of geology allows us to understand natural geohazardssuch as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. It also allows us to look back in time at terrestrialclimate.

Course Details

The BSc Geology course assumes no previous knowledge of the subject, but by taking this course, you will learn something of the processes that have formed this planet – spanning 4,500 million years – and those that allow humans and life, as we know it, to exist on Earth.

Geology is the principal degree taken by students within theBiological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES)stream. Aside from the core modules, fieldwork forms an integral part of all geology courses at UCC. In the summer of Year 3, and before the start of Year 4, you will undertake a major field-based research project in an area of your choice, in Ireland or abroad. In Year 4, you study Geology only, and work towards completing your research project. Several aspects of Geology are treated up to specialised levels.

Year 1
Core modules:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Geology

A four-day field course to north Antrim takes place in Year 1.

Year 2
Core modules:

  • Mineralogy
  • Petrology
  • Palaeontology
  • Geodynamics
  • Structural
  • Sedimentology.

A field course in southwest Ireland takes place in Year 2.

Year 3
Core modules:

  • Environmental Geology
  • Geological Evolution of Britain and Ireland
  • Metamorphism
  • Geochemistry
  • Igneous
  • Geohazards.

A field course in west Scotland takes place Year 3.

Year 4
Core modules:

  • Geology (students study eight modules)

Students also undertake a field-based research project on an aspect of:

  • Petroleum Geology
  • Environmental Geophysics
  • Economic Geology
  • Hydrogeology Micropalaeontology.

A field course in Greece takes place in Year 4.

See the Academic Calendarentry for this programme and the Book of Modules for Geologyfor further details.

Fact File

Course Code: CK404

Course Title: Geology

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science

Duration: 4 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BSc (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165.

2017 Entry Requirements: Refer to CK404

Entry Points: CK404: 2016. 430. Points may vary each year.

Course Practicalities

Equipment
A hard hat and hand lens will have to be purchased for field trips in Year 1. A geologicalhammer and compass clinometer will be needed in Year 2 and a high-visibility vest in Year 3.

Assessment

Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment including essays, assessed practical exercises, field reports, multiple-choice questionnaires, assessed presentations and project work. The range of assessments provides a broad skills base of relevance to future employment.

Application Procedure

Refer to CK404.

Further Contact Information

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

T: +353(0)21 490 4650

E: bees@ucc.ie

W: http://bees.ucc.ie

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEU 3000International course feesEUR 3000

Notes about fees for this course

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165.

2017 Entry Requirements: Refer to CK404

Entry Points: CK404: 2016. 430. Points may vary each year.

Entry requirements for this course

Contact University College Cork to find course entry requirements.

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