MSci Geophysics (F662)

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UCAS code F662
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 2016/17 6 overall for Single Honours Geophysics courses

About MSci 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 to make informed unit choices during your third year. In year three you will 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.

The fourth year is structured differently, with advanced taught units in the autumn term and a major research project in the second half of the year. Often, these research projects are published in scientific literature. The MSci degree is equally valuable to those wishing to pursue an academic career and to those seeking employment in industry.

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

Small-group tutorials are held every fortnight and are 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 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.

Typical offer for MSci 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?
ABC including A in Mathematics and B in Physics
Science practicals A pass in the practical element of all English examination board science A-levels is expected.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics and 5 at Higher Level in Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
31 points overall with 15 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics and 5 at Higher Level 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 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 offerAdvanced Higher: AB including with A in Maths and B in Physics, and Standard Higher: AAABB
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade
European Baccalaureate offer80% overall including 8.5 in Maths and 8.0 in Physics
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

Core Science subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics. Other Science subjects also include Environmental Science, Geography, Geology and Psychology.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

Subjects required at GCSE or equivalentGrade B or above in English Language or Literature and Mathematics
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.

How we assess your application

Admissions statements and policies for 2018 entry will be published in summer 2017. Statements and policies for 2017 entry are available for information:

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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Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649

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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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