Third year fieldwork
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. You’ll consider the catastrophic processes at work in volcanoes, from pyroclastic density currents to lahars and avalanches.
The Northwest Highlands of Scotland provide the stunning backdrop to this fieldwork module. From your base around Loch Assynt, you will visit the locations where many of the now-classic studies unravelling the tectonic evolution of mountain belts were first developed.
Cornwall have a long history of mining for tin, copper, tungsten, china clay, and slate. Although the resources have been intensively worked, many active operations still exist, and there are excellent locations to view the geological evidence of the processes that formed the mineralisation and see the environmental consequences of mining.
Midlands field course
Students will gain hands-on experience of near-surface geophysics through fieldwork in the Midlands. You will then combine the results and create an integrated interpretation of the key features using modern computational tools.
Visit the magnificent and ancient landscape of Wales and decipher its 600 million year old history. You will examine the geology, palaeontology and evolution of the Welsh Basin.
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.