BSc Geophysics (F661)

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UCAS code F661
Application method UCAS
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £24,700 per year
  • International students: £24,700 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £10,750 per year
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

About BSc Geophysics

On this course you will learn about the physics that underpins the history, structure and dynamics of Earth systems, and how these relate, for example, to exploration for natural resources and environmental monitoring. You will explore the inaccessible parts of Earth’s interior through a range of geophysical techniques and become immersed in hands-on earth sciences from the start.

In years one and two you will gain a firm grounding in earth sciences, physics, mathematics and computing, building your knowledge to inform your choice of third-year options. Recent options have included Global Seismology, Near Surface Geophysics Fieldwork and Physical Volcanology. Your third year also includes an independent field and laboratory project.

We have a programme of student-run projects, informal seminars and social events. Our close links with industry ensure that the skills you gain during your studies are valued by employers; recent partners have included TerraDat, Chevron, Reykjavik Energy, Atkins and EDF.

The course includes over 35 days of fieldwork in the UK and overseas, the cost of which is included in your tuition fee.

All our geophysics degrees are accredited by the Geological Society of London and transfer between them is possible.

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See a list of all Geophysics degrees at Bristol, and find more information about the course, assessment and career prospects.

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

A-level
Standard offer
AAB including A in Mathematics and B in Physics
A-level
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 (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations) 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 (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations) and 5 at Higher Level in Physics
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, and M3 is C.
Access to HE Diploma offerAccess to HE Diploma in Engineering, Engineering Science, Mathematics and Engineering, Science, or Science and Engineering. The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include:
  • at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above; and
  • at least 12 credits at Distinction from Mathematics units (excluding Statistics); and
  • at least 12 credits from Physics units, at least 9 of which must be at Distinction and the rest at Merit.
Mature students are welcome to contact mature-students@bristol.ac.uk to check the suitability of their Access course.
BTEC offer DDD in Applied Science or Engineering, with Distinction in Physics units, plus A in A-level Mathematics
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AB 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 Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
European Baccalaureate offer80% overall, with 8.5 in Mathematics and 8.0 in Physics
UK qualificationsFurther information about UK qualifications
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
No specified subjects
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English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
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Additional requirementsCore science/mathematics subjects include: Biology; Chemistry; Further Mathematics; Mathematics; and Physics.

Science-related subjects also include: Computer Science; Environmental Science; Geography; Geology; Marine Science; and Psychology.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS. Mature applicants and those who have not followed one of the above routes of education will be invited for an interview and test.

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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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