Geology (BSc (Hons))

the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 - 4 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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All study options

About Geology at University of Portsmouth

Overview

Could you develop the skills needed to tackle climate change, understand global catastrophes and solve declining energy sources while understanding how the earth is formed?

On this professionally accredited BSc (Hons) Geology degree course, you’ll examine the complex formation of our planet and how it has changed through time. You’ll study rocks, minerals and fossils as well as geological map work. You'll spend plenty of time out of the classroom in the field using the latest techniques.

With the skills to become a professional geologist, you’ll be set for a career in areas such as mining, the petroleum industry, geotechnical engineering and teaching.

Careers and opportunities

On this BSc (Hons) Geology degree course, you’ll:

  • Develop skills to become a professional geologist, on a course that’s accredited by the Geological Society of London
  • Go on field trips to locations such as the Bristol Channel, Isle of Wight, Northwest Scotland, the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, Brittany in France and Cyprus
  • Learn hands-on in our freshly refurbished petrology lab with binocular and polarizing microscopes
  • Have access to modern petrology and palaeontology teaching laboratories stocked with many hand specimens and thin sections of rocks, minerals and fossils
  • Tailor your studies to focus on areas of geology that interest you most and support your career ambitions
  • Undertake a final year project in a location of your choice, in the UK or overseas
  • Have the opportunity to learn a language and earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's Institution-Wide Language Programme

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • laboratory reports
  • oral and poster presentations
  • reports on field-based projects
  • computer-based assessment

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory work

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

Careers and opportunities

With this degree you could go on to work in the extractive minerals industry, mining, oil and gas sectors, geological engineering or do further study at Master's or PhD level. You'll also have transferable communication and IT skills suitable for a career in business, commerce or education.

What can you do with a Geology degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • mining geologist
  • well-site geologist
  • geotechnical engineer
  • teacher

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work. We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles to build your links in the industry. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

You can also join the Portsmouth Geology Alumni Group to get careers advice from former students.

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 study3 - 4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance/tuition-fees-living-costs-and-other-study-costs

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points – 112–128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 72 points from 2 Science subjects (Applied Science, Archaeology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics) (calculate your UCAS points)

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at University of Portsmouth to prepare for your chosen course:

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