MSci Geophysics (F662)

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UCAS code F662
Application method UCAS
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees

Fees quoted are for 2021 entry only. Fees for 2022 will be confirmed, subject to government approval, later in 2021.

  • 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 MSci Geophysics

Learn about the physics that underpins the history, structure and dynamics of Earth systems, and how these relate to exploration for natural resources and environmental monitoring.

Explore the inaccessible parts of Earth’s interior through a range of geophysical techniques and become immersed in hands-on science from the start.

Learn with experts whose research feeds directly into your studies at the cutting edge of scientific developments. Recent options have included Global Seismology, Near Surface Geophysics Fieldwork and Physical Volcanology. By your final year you’ll be conducting your own independent research and exploring the questions that matter most to you.

MSci courses allow you to study more advanced material in greater depth during the additional year, giving you a career boost through investing in your skills development or preparing you for further research.

Field trips are a huge part of why our community is so tight knit, and you’ll get to know your course mates whilst honing your practical skills. You will gain plenty of hands-on experience, with over 40 days of fieldwork both in the UK and overseas, the cost of which is included in your tuition fee.

The skills developed throughout your studies are highly valued by employers, from scientific and technical skills including coding, modelling, lab skills and data analysis, to transferable skills such as communication, creativity and resilience.

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Typical offer for MSci 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, Science or Computing (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include:
  • at least 21 credits at Distinction and 24 at Merit or above; and
  • at least 12 credits at Distinction from Mathematics units (including algebra, calculus and trigonometry); and
  • at least 12 credits from Physics units, at least nine 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.

Mature students can contact mature-students@bristol.ac.uk to check the suitability of their Access course.
BTEC offer DDD in Engineering BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma with Distinctions in six specified Physics units, and A in A-level Mathematics (or equivalent)
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

Specified subjects

Core 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.

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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How we assess your application

Admissions statements relate to 2021 entry and will be updated for 2022 entry in summer 2021.

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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