Geology

BSc, 3 years

This is for you if... you want to understand the theory and applications of geology to Earth processes and systems.

Course Description

The Department of Geology at Leicester provides a friendly, dynamic and supportive environment in which to learn about the evolution of our planet from geoscientists at the forefront of their field. Our teaching is led by our research and you will be taught by staff recognised internationally for their expertise in fields such as palaeobiology, economic geology, volcanology, structural geology, geophysics and palaeoenvironments.

Because all our degrees include common modules in the first year, you can transfer between courses as you discover those aspects of the geosciences which inspire you most and best match your particular interests and career aspirations. We pride ourselves on our excellent staff-student relations and have high student satisfaction levels not least because of our small group teaching and tutorials, which provide individually tailored academic and pastoral support throughout your degree.

Whether you study for the BSc or the MGeol, your Geology degree will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of all the key elements of geoscience. You will learn about the essential theories, practices and techniques to come out of the discipline and become well prepared for a career as a professional geoscientist.

There are plenty of chances to get your hands dirty as well! Each year of the degree includes different field work opportunities including trips to Scotland, Spain and Wales where you will be able to apply all that you have learned here on campus.

What's the difference?

Apply for a BSc degree if you want an ideal three-year route to becoming a professional geologist or you’re looking to pursue further geological studies through a specialist MSc course.

Apply for a four-year MGeol degree if you are looking to fast-track your professional geological employment or to continue on to PhD research after graduation. MGeol courses include a major cutting-edge independent research project on a topic chosen by you, giving you the opportunity to work with specialist analytical facilities, learn the skills required to succeed in a research environment and potentially see your work published in a peer-reviewed journal. Plus you may be able to spend your third year abroad.

It is possible to transfer between the BSc and the MGeol up to the end of Year 2.

Fieldwork

In your first year you will receive basic geological field training on the Isle of Arran, one of the most geologically varied spots on Earth. Further field trips will take you to:

  • Spain - field mapping and training in advanced sedimentological techniques in an arid terrain.
  • Anglesey - examining and interpreting structurally complex rocks.

And one from the following:

  • Wales - studying the geology, palaeontology and evolution of this Palaeozoic sedimentary basin
  • The Northwest Highlands - exploring classic areas of British geology such as the Moine Thrust zone and the oldest rocks in the UK
  • Tenerife - studying pyroclastic rocks on the third biggest volcano in the world
  • Cornwall – investigating a classic area of economic mineralisation and the environmental consequences of mining
  • The Midlands – hands-on experience of near-surface geophysics and seismology.

Following additional field training in your second year, you will undertake an Independent Field-based Project. This is an exercise in practical, deductive geology which forms an important part of the degree. You choose the field area, allowing you to develop your geological interests. This will enable you to demonstrate your determination, motivation and ability to solve problems based on your own observations, as well as developing your self-confidence and organisational skills.

Key Facts
Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
F600
Start date
October 2016
Department
Geology
Contact
Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
seadmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 3912
geology@le.ac.uk

Department of Geology website



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Why Leicester?

Our 2015 National Student Survey student satisfaction score of 98% reflects the quality of our accredited geoscience degrees.

We have our own dedicated careers tutor with industry experience who works with the University Careers Service to deliver an exclusive and tailored Careers Development Programme throughout your degree.

The Department is home to SEIS-UK, the UK’s national seismology research facility, and is a leading participant in the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), the world’s largest Earth science research project.

Our student society organises talks, meetings, field trips and social activities. Four further groups cater for those with interests in economic geology, geophysics, palaeobiology and geoscience for global development.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

You will have a broad introduction to geoscience and discover the role of geology and geoscientists in today's society.

Modules

All four of our geoscience subjects have the same first year so you can transfer between subjects before Year 2 if you wish to. This is the same as Year 1 of the MGeol.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

You will learn about more advanced aspects of geosciences such as the structure of the Earth's crust and the applications of geophysical techniques to hydrocarbon exploration.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

This is the same as Year 2 of the MGeol. It is possible to switch to the MGeol at the end of your second year if your performance meets a set level.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3

Year 3

During your final year you will have the opportunity to take your degree in the direction that you want. The core modules will ensure that you are advancing in the essential areas of geology. Optional modules provide the chance to continue with the fundamental principles of geology at an advanced level or specialise in the areas that fascinate you.

Core modules

Plus your Dissertation

Field Courses

Choose one field course from:

    Option modules

    Choose four option modules from:

    This is the same as Year 3 of the MGeol.

    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Additional Information

    Accreditation

    All our degrees are accredited by the Geological Society of London, the professional body for geologists in the UK. Their accreditation panel said that our courses are “excellent” and they were “particularly impressed by the amount of fieldwork undertaken.”

    Teaching and Assessment

    Our courses have a practical emphasis and are based on sound theoretical understanding.

    You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, fieldwork, independent reports and projects, seminars, oral and poster presentations and computer-based tests, as well as formal exams.

    We place a strong emphasis on safety training, time management, and student initiative.

    Your personal tutor will provide you with individually tailored academic support throughout your degree. You will receive non-assessed feedback on every module to help you improve and prepare for your assessed work.

    Through the Student-Staff Committee you can raise any issues relating to your studies and suggest course developments.

    Entry Requirements

    • A-levels: ABB including at least two from: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Maths, Use of Maths or Physics.
    • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B. A-level subjects to include two from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Maths, Use of Maths or Physics.
    • GCSE: Maths Grade C, English Language Grade C
    • Access to HE Diploma: Pass science diploma with 45 credits at level 3 including at least 30 at distinction
    • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points including higher level subjects from those listed above.
    • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDD, plus GCSE requirements.

    Other national and international qualifications considered.

    If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester. 

    Selection Process

    Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

    International Qualifications

    Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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    Fees and Funding

    • Starting in 2016

      • £9,000 per year

      Scholarships

      You can apply for dedicated bursary schemes run by Aggregate Industries, Micromine and SRK Consulting. These typically have a total value of £13,500 and include work experience with the sponsor. We also offer £1,700 of bursaries funded by the Holloway Trust for students to develop outreach projects. There are competitive prizes and awards in each year for academic achievement and overall performance.

      Find out more about scholarships and funding.
    • Starting in 2016

      • £18,045 per year

      Scholarships

      You can apply for dedicated bursary schemes run by Aggregate Industries, Micromine and SRK Consulting. These typically have a total value of £13,500 and include work experience with the sponsor. We also offer £1,700 of bursaries funded by the Holloway Trust for students to develop outreach projects. There are competitive prizes and awards in each year for academic achievement and overall performance. 

      Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    Career Opportunities

    Our dedicated Careers Tutor is a former industry geologist with many years' experience.

    Our annual Geology Careers Day is attended by a wide range of companies from across the geoscience sector.

    We provide up-to-date information exclusively for our undergraduates on current vacancies, work experience opportunities and options for further study.

    Our excellent links with employers provide great opportunities for vacation or year-out work experience.

    Our graduate employment record is excellent. Around a quarter of our graduates go on to do further study on a diverse range of MSc courses, or studying for a PhD. For those going in to work, over 75% are employed in graduate level occupations; the majority within the geoscience sector.

    Careers

    Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

    Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
    Geology BSc 3 years full-time F600 Apply Now
    Course
    Geology
    Qualification
    BSc
    Duration
    3 years full-time
    UCAS Code
    F600
    Availability