Following preparation in the second year field courses, you will undertake an independent field-based project. This is an exercise in practical, deductive geology and forms an important part of your degree. You choose the field area, allowing you to develop your geological interests. This project demonstrates determination, motivation and an ability to solve problems based on your own observations, as well as developing your self-confidence and organisational skills.
Our advanced field training will develop your ability to evaluate interpretations.
The style is that of professional field courses, with active debate between students and leaders to analyse the significance of your observations.
In Tenerife you can study pyroclastic rocks on the third largest volcano in the world. In the northwest Highlands you can examine classic areas of British geology such as the Moine Thrust zone. In Cornwall you can examine a classic area of economic mineralisation and the environmental consequences of mining. Geophysics students will gain hands-on experience of near-surface geophysics through fieldwork in the Midlands. Palaeontology students will examine the geology, palaeontology and evolution of the Welsh Basin.
Fourth-year students have the option of an overseas field course, where you will use multidisciplinary data to unravel complex geologic relationships and the evolution of a region. You can also further your understanding of the Anthropocene (The Age of Humans) through the study of urban geology.
Different combinations of field modules are available for students on each degree course - you should check the listing on each degree page to see modules available for that degree. Current field locations are listed, but changes occasionally occur, in which case courses will be replaced by another of similar quality.