Geology with Geophysics

MGeol, 4 years

This is for you if... you want to gain practical experience in applying physical measurements to solving geological problems, with a view to studying for a PhD, and with the possibility of spending a year abroad.

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 with Geophysics degree will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the key elements of geophysics, enabling you to develop specialist expertise in geophysical exploration methods alongside related skills and knowledge in physics, maths and IT. You will study earthquakes and the Earth's core and learn how to locate oil and water. Geophysicists are in high demand to address problems facing our society - from raw materials and energy supply to environmental hazards - and this degree will equip you with the skills for employment across a wide range of geoscience industries including hydrocarbon exploration/production, hydrogeology, mineral exploration, engineering site investigation, environmental monitoring and archaeogeophysics

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 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.

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. 

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.
  • The Midlands – hands-on experience of near-surface geophysics and seismology.

And a choice of either:

  • Overseas Field Course - using multidisciplinary data to unravel complex geologic relationships and the evolution of a region, or
  • Leicestershire – investigating the Anthropocene, the geological epoch we live in now.

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
AAB
UCAS code
F661
Start date
September 2017
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 2016 National Student Survey student satisfaction score of 96% 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 develop your understanding of the fundamental aspects of geoscience. A specialist module in near surface geophysics will prepare you for an independent field-based project.

    Modules

      This is the same as Year 2 of the BSc. At the end of Year 2 your performance must meet a set level to continue on the MGeol. If this is not the case, you will transfer to the BSc and complete your degree in three years.

      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 (Optional Year Abroad)

      Year 3 (Optional Year Abroad)

      In your third year you can choose to stay in Leicester, in which case your third year will be the same as the final year of the BSc. During this year you will concentrate on geophysics. You will gain advanced techniques in geophysical analysis and learn how professional geophysicists solve real-world problems.

      Core modules

      Option modules

      Choose two option modules from:

        This is the same as the final year of the BSc.

        Year Abroad

        If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at our partner institution, the University of Arizona in Tucson, USA. Explore the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Meteor Crater, the San Francisco volcanic field, the Painted Desert, the Petrified Forest, the Colorado Plateau, the Sedona and Salt River canyons, the rugged mountains of the Sonora Desert – and Las Vegas!

        NB. A year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them.

        Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

        To be considered for the year abroad requires a 65% average by the middle of your second year. Places are limited, competition is high, and selection is based on academic thresholds determined by the department.

        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.

        Final Year

        Final Year

        In your fourth year, a significant amount of your time will be devoted to independent research on a topic of your choice, which could be linked to vacation work experience. You will extend your core knowledge by taking advanced geophysics modules, providing you with skills complementary to your project work and preparing you for work in industry or study for a higher degree. 

        Core modules

        Option modules

        Choose one option module from:

        And one field course option module from:

        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: AAB. You should have either Maths or Physics at A-level.
        • EPQ with A-levels: AAB + 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 34 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

        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.

        Countries list

        Fees and Funding

        • Starting in 2017

          • To be confirmed

          Scholarships

          You can apply for dedicated bursary schemes run by Aggregate Industries and Carl Zeiss Microscopy. 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 2017

          • To be confirmed

          Scholarships

          You can apply for dedicated bursary schemes run by Aggregate Industries and Carl Zeiss Microscopy. 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 with Geophysics MGeol 4 years full-time F661 Apply Now
        Course
        Geology with Geophysics
        Qualification
        MGeol
        Duration
        4 years full-time
        UCAS Code
        F661
        Availability