MSci Geology with Study Abroad (F609)

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UCAS code F609
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Placements
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 82 overall for Geology and Geoscience courses

About MSci Geology with Study Abroad

The course structure mirrors that of our MSci Geology degree. You will spend your third year abroad studying geology units comparable to those offered at the University of Bristol, before returning for your final, research-centred year.

On this course, you could study in North America, Hong Kong, Singapore, Europe, Australia or New Zealand. Visit the Global Opportunities website to find out where you can study abroad.

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

Year abroad

Fourth year

  • Earth Science Research Project
  • Advanced Geology Fieldwork
  • Frontiers in Earth Sciences
  • Choice from:
    • Seismology
    • Mineralogy and Petrology of the Deep Earth
    • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
    • Vertebrate Palaeobiology and Evolution
    • Volcanic Hazards: Observation, Modelling and Geographical Information Systems
    • Tracing and Observing the Earth System
    • Micropalaeontology
    • Biomechanics and Functional Morphology
    • Formation and Evolution of the Terrestrial Planets
    • Aqueous Geochemistry.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Geology with Study Abroad

Typical offer for MSci Geology with Study Abroad - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAB including two science subjects* or ABB in three hard sciences
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
ABB including two science subjects* or BBB in three hard sciences
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
34 points overall to include 17 points at Higher Level including two science subjects* or 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level including three hard sciences
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level including two science subjects* or 31 points overall with 15 points at Higher Level including three hard sciences
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass 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 offer DDM in Science or Engineering plus A-level at grade B in Maths, Chemistry or Physics
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAABB and AH: AB in two science/maths subjects*
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer80% overall with 8.5 and 8.0 in two science subjects*
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

*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.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Grade B or above in English Language or Literature and Mathematics. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed, but please seek advice about maintaining relevant skills

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application.

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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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