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Geology

F640

5 years

Full-time

MEarthSci

Entry requirements

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA.
  • A Levels: AAA.
  • IB: 37 points with 555 at HL.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4–S6, to include two of Biology*, Chemistry*, Geography, Geology, Mathematics* and Physics*; with Standard Grade Mathematics at Grade 1 (*include at least one).
  • A Levels: ABB required in one sitting, to include two from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Geography, Geology; with GCSE Mathematics at Grade A.
  • IB: 32 points overall and award of IB Diploma to include two of Biology*, Chemistry*, Mathematics*, Physics*, Geology or Geography (*include at least one) at HL Grade 5, plus one further subject at HL Grade 5.

Alternative qualifications

English language requirements

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your spoken and written English. For this programme we accept:

SQA and GCSE

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:

  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 4

Entry to second year

For direct entry to second year the minimum requirements must be exceeded, including the following:

  • SQA Advanced Highers: AAB to include two of Chemistry*, Mathematics*, Physics*, Geology, Biology or Geography (*include at least one).
  • A Levels: A*AA in one sitting to include two of Mathematics*, Physics*, Chemistry*, Geology, Biology and Geography (*include at least one). Alternatively AAA in one sitting, to include Mathematics, plus two of Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Biology or Geography.
  • IB: 38 points overall and award of IB Diploma to include three of Biology*, Chemistry*, Mathematics*, Physics* or Geography (*include at least one) at HL Grade 6.
Other entry pathways

Entry to many degrees in Science & Engineering is possible via other qualifications (eg HNC/D, Access, SWAP).

Applications

If you are applying for a full-time programme you must do so through UCAS.

More information

Entry requirements

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA.
  • A Levels: AAA.
  • IB: 37 points with 555 at HL.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4–S6, to include two of Biology*, Chemistry*, Geography, Geology, Mathematics* and Physics*; with Standard Grade Mathematics at Grade 1 (*include at least one).
  • A Levels: ABB required in one sitting, to include two from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Geography, Geology; with GCSE Mathematics at Grade A.
  • IB: 32 points overall and award of IB Diploma to include two of Biology*, Chemistry*, Mathematics*, Physics*, Geology or Geography (*include at least one) at HL Grade 5, plus one further subject at HL Grade 5.

Alternative qualifications

English language requirements

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your spoken and written English. For this programme we accept:

SQA and GCSE

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:

  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 4

Entry to second year

For direct entry to second year the minimum requirements must be exceeded, including the following:

  • SQA Advanced Highers: AAB to include two of Chemistry*, Mathematics*, Physics*, Geology, Biology or Geography (*include at least one).
  • A Levels: A*AA in one sitting to include two of Mathematics*, Physics*, Chemistry*, Geology, Biology and Geography (*include at least one). Alternatively AAA in one sitting, to include Mathematics, plus two of Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Biology or Geography.
  • IB: 38 points overall and award of IB Diploma to include three of Biology*, Chemistry*, Mathematics*, Physics* or Geography (*include at least one) at HL Grade 6.
Other entry pathways

Entry to many degrees in Science & Engineering is possible via other qualifications (eg HNC/D, Access, SWAP).

Applications

If you are applying for a full-time programme you must do so through UCAS.

More information

Overview

You will learn how to interpret the rock record and how to place present-day Earth in the context of evolving geological processes.

This programme involves understanding the processes behind the distribution of Earth's natural resources, including hydrocarbons, minerals and metals, as well as the development of subsurface storage.

This five-year programme follows the BSc Geology programme until the end of Year 4. In Year 5 you will develop your analytical skills and a higher level of understanding of the Earth system.

Emphasis will be placed on developing your research, practical and analytical skills, in areas of solid earth geology and geochemistry, including new methods of data acquisition, laboratory measurement and advanced paper and report-writing.

What you will study

Year 1

You will study your compulsory subject plus optional courses to be selected either from related subjects (e.g, geology, geography, archaeology, astronomy, oceanography, environmental processes, meteorology and computer science) or from elsewhere within the University. If you are studying one of the Geophysics programmes, you will take courses in mathematics, physics and meteorology. All programmes include fieldwork trips in Edinburgh, across the Lothians and the Scottish Highlands.

Year 2

As Year 1.

Year 3

Your studies will focus on your chosen branch of Earth sciences with specified courses plus selected optional courses from within the School of Geosciences. You will also carry out independent fieldwork projects and have the opportunity to take part in fieldwork trips, which include residential courses in Scotland and Spain. If you are studying environmental geoscience you can also take part in a land and marine fieldwork project in Jamaica.

Year 4

You will continue with your specialised studies through compulsory and optional Earth sciences courses. Fieldwork possibilities include residential trips to Cyprus and Germany or France, depending on your programme. In addition, you will complete your honours dissertation work with individual supervision.

Year 5

You will complete high-level courses and a dissertation in a subject area of your choice. You will also take part in a field trip to Iceland. If you choose to progress to a masters programme there is ample opportunity in Year 5 to advance your research skills and gain a deeper understanding of your subject. (MEarthSci only)

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, projects and fieldwork. From your third year, you will devote more time to private study and will receive individual supervision for final-year projects.

All students have access to the University’s specialist research facilities and laboratories for analysing rocks, minerals and fluids and measuring the physical properties of rocks.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of independent project work, field notebooks, practical work, essays and written examinations.

Study abroad

You will have opportunities to study abroad through the Erasmus programme or the University's International Exchange Programme.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

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Details

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.

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