BSc Geophysics (F661)

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UCAS code F661
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 This course is new for 2016 entry and final applicants accepted data is not yet available.

About BSc Geophysics

In Geophysics you learn about the history, structure and dynamics of the Earth system, and the physics that underpins these elements. You will learn how the inaccessible parts of the Earth are studied using remote sensing techniques such as seismology and geodesy, as well as through studying rocks and minerals in the field and laboratory.

In years one and two you will gain a firm grounding in both Earth Sciences and Physics, building your knowledge so that you can make informed unit choices during your third year. In year three, you are able to choose from a broad range of advanced topics. Options include industry relevant units, as well those that treat the physics of natural phenomena such as volcanoes and earthquakes.

You will carry out an independent field and laboratory project in your final year.

Teaching is research-led and takes place in a dynamic, intellectually stimulating environment which includes lectures, laboratory-based practicals and organised fieldwork.

Small-group tutorials are held every fortnight where you will develop your key skills. You will prepare work beforehand and complete problem sets for your tutor who will advise and monitor your progress.

Students are expected to develop independent learning skills and to self-assess their progress with the aid of feedback provided by teaching staff.

Formal assessment may be wholly examination-based (written examinations take place twice a year), wholly coursework-based, or will be a combination of assessed coursework and examination.

More about Geophysics

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

Course structure

 Year 1

  • Geology 1
  • Introduction to Field Skills in Earth Sciences
  • Core Physics I: Mechanics and Matter
  • Mathematics 1A 20
  • Computing for Earth Scientists
  • Essential Maths for Physics
  • Core Physics II: Oscillations, Waves and Fields

Year 2

  • Independent Development of Geophysics Skills
  • Structural Geology
  • Atmospheric Processes
  • Introduction to Field Mapping
  • Imaging and Mapping the Earth
  • Sedimentology
  • Petroleum Geophysics
  • Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology Field Skills

Year 3

  • Geophysics Research Project
  • Geophysics fieldwork
  • Geophysical data analysis and Modelling
  • Global Tectonics and Geodynamics
  • Hydrogeology and Contaminant Transport
  • Physical Volcanology and Geological Flows
  • Economic Geology
  • Environmental Radioactivity
  • Petroleum Sedimentology.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Geophysics

Typical offer for BSc Geophysics - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAB including A in Mathematics and B in Physics.
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
ABB including A in Mathematics and B in Physics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
34 points  overall to include 17 at Higher Level with 6 in Maths and 5 in Physics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
32 points overall to include 16 at Higher Level with 6 in Maths and 5 in Physics.
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 both Maths and Physics. Access course should include a mathematical content of at least 15 credits in Higher Maths.
BTEC offer DDM in Science or Engineering plus A-level at grade A in Mathematics or Physics
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAABB and AH: AB with A in Maths and B in Physics
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 in Maths and 8.0 Physics
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Grade B or above in English Language or English Literature. 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
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Deferred entry

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

Selection process

UCAS form or Common Application. We may interview applicants with non-standard qualifications

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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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