MSci Environmental Geoscience (F641)

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UCAS code F641
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 Environmental Geoscience

Our MSci Environmental Geoscience degree is heavily science-based, emphasising the interactions between the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere in developing and controlling the Earth's environment.

This dynamic system is studied through the interactions between geology, biology, chemistry and physics, which together define conditions on the Earth and how these may be influenced by human activities.

In years one and two you will gain a firm grounding in Earth science, building your knowledge to make informed unit choices during your third and fourth years when a broad range of advanced topics is available for study.

You will carry out an independent field and laboratory 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 if you wish to progress to PhD study.

More about Geoscience

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

Course structure

First year

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

Second year

  • Geochemistry
  • Geobiology
  • Atmospheric Processes
  • Imaging and Mapping the Earth
  • Independent Development of Environmental Geoscience Skills 1
  • Sedimentology
  • Soils and Environmental Analysis
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Introduction to Field Mapping
  • Environmental Geoscience Field Skills

Third year

  • Environmental Geoscience Fieldwork
  • Environmental Geoscience Research Project
  • Independent Development of Environmental Geoscience Skills 2
  • Choice from:
    • Evolution of the Biosphere
    • Economic Geology
    • Oceanography
    • Geomicrobiology
    • Petroleum Sedimentology
    • Environmental Radioactivity
    • Hydrogeology and Contaminant Transport
    • Physical Volcanology and Geological Flows

Fourth year

  • Environmental Field Analysis
  • Frontiers in Earth Science
  • Earth Science Research Project
  • Choice from:
    • GIS and Remote Sensing of Natural Hazards
    • Advanced Aqueous Geochemistry
    • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
    • Seismology
    • Natural Hazards and Risk Assessment
    • Tracing and Observing the Earth System
    • Micropalaeontology
    • Biomechanics and Functional Morphology.
Further details about the course structure for Environmental Geoscience

Typical offer for MSci Environmental Geoscience

A-levels
(including international A-levels)
AAA including two science subjects* or AAB including three hard sciences
A-levels
(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 at grade B in Maths, Chemistry or Physics
SQASH: AAAAB and AH: AA in two science/mathematics 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 with 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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Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1639
Email: sci-ug-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

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Accreditation

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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  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

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