MSci Environmental Geoscience (F641)

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UCAS code F641
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
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 82 overall for Geoscience and Geology courses

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 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.

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
    • Geomicrobiology
    • The Cambrian Explosion

Fourth year

  • Environmental Field Analysis
  • Frontiers in Earth Science
  • Earth Science Research Project
  • Choice from:
    • Volcanic Hazards: Observation, Modelling and GIS
    • Aqueous Geochemistry
    • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
    • Seismology
    • Tracing and Observing the Earth System
    • Micropalaeontology
    • Biomechanics and Functional Morphology
    • Vertebrate Palaeobiology and Evolution.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Environmental Geoscience

Typical offer for MSci Environmental Geoscience - 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 with 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/mathematics 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
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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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