This course combines theory with practical elements to prepare you for employment or further study when you finish. You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals and fieldwork. All lecture material is available online through our virtual learning environment Blackboard.
Your work will be assessed through a mixture of essays, scientific reports and projects, fieldwork, oral and poster presentations, exams and tests, and of course your final year individual dissertation project.
Your personal tutor will provide you with individually tailored academic support throughout your degree.
Fieldwork is an important part of any Geoscience degree. In the field you will develop new skills and apply learning from the classroom to real world problems. The course includes fully funded trips to the Isle of Arran in Year 1, and then to Almeria, Spain in Year 2. In the first year you will receive the fundamental training in geological field skills, and in Year 2 you examine the striking arid landscapes of south east Spain, investigating the distinctive geomorphology and ecology of this unique area.
When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.
Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.
Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:
- study and exam skills
- academic writing
- numerical data skills
- referencing sources
Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.