UCAS code: K8T9
Duration: 5 years
College: Science and Engineering
Geophysics and meteorology are of great economic and environmental importance. Geophysics combines physics and mathematics in the study of the Earth’s internal structure while meteorology applies similar methods and techniques to study atmospheric dynamics, climate change and meteorological phenomena. The programme includes two individual projects and an international field course.
Our geophysics and meteorology programmes are unique in the UK. The University has one of the largest groupings of geophysicists and climate scientists in Europe, offering unrivalled courses that cover practical applications of physics and mathematics in the geosciences.
You will study a common first year introducing you to the foundations of physics, geophysics, mathematics and earth dynamics on which the rest of your programme will be based.
You will take more advanced maths and physics courses, two meteorology courses and a specialist geophysics course. In addition, you will choose an option course from a wide selection in the schools of Physics & Astronomy, GeoSciences or elsewhere.
Your specialist geophysics courses will continue and you will study elements of climate and thermodynamics with the choice of option courses in earth sciences. You will also participate in a meteorology residential field course, run jointly with two other universities.
You will spend your placement year working on a relevant Geoscience project with an approved research company in the UK or overseas.
You will continue your specialised studies with a focus on atmospheric physics and dynamics, and will take part in a geophysics field course along with students from universities in France and Germany. You will complete independent geophysics and/or meteorological project work for your final-year dissertation. Option courses will be available from the School of GeoSciences and elsewhere.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
In your first year, many of your lectures will be taught in the Central Area close to the city centre. Practicals and other teaching take place within the School of GeoSciences, located at the University's King's Buildings campus. You can access the University's libraries and IT facilities, and the School's laboratories provide personal workspace with computing and microscope facilities during your honours years.
You will undertake a professional placement at an approved company in the UK or overseas in Year 4 of your programme (must be on track for at least a 2:1).
The placement will be at least 8 months long and will incorporate a research project (taking up at least 50% of your time).
The host companies are requested to contribute towards living costs.
You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials, group work, practicals and fieldwork, self-directed learning and project work. In your honours years, you will devote more time to self-directed study and will receive individual supervision for final-year project work.
You will have access to the University's specialist research facilities and laboratories for analysing rocks, minerals and fluids and measuring the physical properties of rocks.
Assessment will be both formative and summative, with a combination of practical work, essays, oral and written examinations, independent project work, field reports and notebooks, depending on the course.
On MEarthPhys programmes you will also be assessed on computer programming exercises, and in the final year of all our programmes there are elements of assessed presentation and scientific writing skills. Most senior honours courses and projects will also involve modelling elements.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Our graduates have successfully entered challenging and rewarding careers in areas such as oil or mineral prospecting, numerical weather forecasting and industrial management and administration.
You will be able to consider careers as a geophysicist in the oil, mining or nuclear industries or apply your skills to other disciplines such as engineering, finance, business, consultancy or a variety of governmental or civil service positions, including positions at the Meteorological Office. The numerical and analytical skills you will gain, including the ability to interpret complex systems, are prized by potential employers.
Alternatively you may go on to study for a research degree.
The typical offer is likely to be:
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
For direct entry to second year the minimum requirements must be exceeded, including the following:
Entry to many degrees in Science & Engineering is possible via other qualifications (eg HNC/D, Access, SWAP).
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
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You will incur costs on compulsory field trips. In 2016, these were around: Year 2 - £150, Year 3 - £130, and Year 4 - £200. In 2016 there were also optional field trip costs in Year 3 of £1,541 and/or £320.
Previous destinations include Lake District, Scotland, England or France/Germany, with the option to add Jamaica and Arran.
Find more information about field trip costs on the GeoSciences website.
There may be additional costs associated with your professional placement in Year 4.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.