MSci Geology (F603)

2016 entry

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UCAS code F603
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applications for 2014/15 566
Number of places for 2016/17 89

About MSci Geology

In Geology, you learn about the physics, chemistry and history of the solid earth, through looking at collectable earth materials such as rocks, minerals and fossils, and by using remote sensing techniques such as seismic waves to explore the structure and chemistry of its inaccessible areas.

Years one and two give you a firm grounding in Earth Science, building your knowledge to help you make informed and appropriate unit choices in the third and fourth years of your degree when a broad range of advanced topics is available for study.

You will undertake a detailed, independent mapping project in your third year.

MSci students spend half of their final year on a major research project, which has an excellent chance of being published in scientific literature. An MSci degree is a valuable qualification to have if you wish to progress to PhD study.

More about Geology

Find out more about studying Geology at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Geology
  • Environmental Geoscience
  • Computing for Earth Scientists
  • Introduction to Field Skills for Earth Scientists
  • Physics and Chemistry for Earth Scientists

Second year

  • Imaging and Mapping the Earth
  • Geobiology
  • Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Independent Development of Geology Skills 1
  • Introduction to Field Mapping
  • Structural Geology
  • Sedimentology
  • Geochemistry
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Geology Field Skills

Third year

  • Independent Field Project
  • Independent Development of Geology Skills 2
  • Geology Fieldwork
  • Choice from:
    • Evolution of the Biosphere
    • Economic Geology
    • Oceanography
    • Petroleum Sedimentology
    • Geomicrobiology
    • Environmental Radioactivity
    • Physical and Chemical Geodynamics
    • Hydrogeology and Contaminant Transport
    • Physical Volcanology and Geological Flows
    • The Cambrian Explosion

Fourth year

  • Earth Science Research Project
  • Advanced Geology Fieldwork
  • Frontiers in Earth Sciences
  • Choice from:
    • Seismology
    • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
    • Mineralogy and petrology of the deep Earth
    • Vertebrate Palaeobiology and Evolution
    • GIS and Remote Sensing of Natural Hazards
    • Petrological Phase Equilibria
    • Introduction to Environmental Modelling
    • Natural Hazards and Risk Assessment
    • Tracing and Observing the Earth System
    • Micropalaeontology
    • Biomechanics and Functional Morphology
    • Formation and Evolution of the Terrestrial Planets.
Further details about the course structure for Geology

Typical offer for MSci Geology

(including international A-levels)
AAA including two science subjects* or AAB including three hard sciences
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
AAB including two science subjects* or ABB including three hard sciences
IB Diploma 36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level including two science subjects* or 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level including three hard sciences
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level including two science subjects* or 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level including three hard sciences
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit, including 12 credits at Distinction in two of the following science subjects: Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics.
BTEC DDD in Science or Engineering plus A-level grade B in Mathematics, Chemistry or Physics
SQASH: AAAAB and AH: AA in two science subjects*
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB85% overall including 8.5 in two science subjects*
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:Grade B or above in English Language or Literature and Mathematics
Academic qualifications*Science subjects should include one or more from the following group: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics. Other science subjects include Environmental Science, Geography, Geology and Psychology. Hard science subjects include: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

The Geological Society for the purpose of partially meeting the experience requirement for Chartered Geologist.

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