Cardiff University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Cardiff University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)

Exploration Geology

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Course summary

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Overview and aims of the Programme People have been using Earth’s natural resources for centuries to build our cities, power our homes, and make the vehicles, devices and tools we depend on. New resources are increasingly hard to find and require specialist skills and technology to locate and exploit responsibly. On our Exploration Geology course, you will learn how the Earth’s processes have created the planet’s natural resources and how to explore for them to meet future demand. You will develop skills in fieldwork (both above and underground), analysis and confident decision making and use modern exploration software. We’ve worked with industry to design our course so you graduate with the specialist skills needed to be a professional exploration geologist. Our Masters degrees involve a fourth year of study where you work on a research project with a scientist from the School. Your advanced research and problem-solving skills will be invaluable to employers in academia, government and industry. Our degrees are also accredited by the Geological Society, the professional body for geosciences in the UK. We take regular field trips to explore mining sites across Wales. There will also be opportunities to do overseas trips, in the past we’ve been to Spain and Cyprus. You don’t need to have studied Geology already as we’ll be starting year one with the basic principles to bring everyone to the same level. Distinctive Features of the Programme • History and uniqueness – we have been training mining engineers and geologists for over 100 years. Exploration Geology is the only undergraduate degree in the UK to focus on specialist training in resource exploration and we have strong links to industry through placements and through the Exploration alumni network and its mentoring scheme. • Student satisfaction - belong to a small and friendly community of staff and students. Exploration Geology received a score of 100% Overall Satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2019. • Flexible degree schemes - all of the School’s degrees have a common first semester that introduce you to geosciences and geography. You can then decide whether to stay with your chosen degree or switch to another in the same School. • Hands-on fieldwork - you will get plenty of opportunity to develop your fieldwork skills above and below ground with regular day trips and residential trips in Wales and overseas. We have a former gold mine close to Cardiff and many other outstanding natural landscapes for us to explore. • Access to the British Geological Survey and National Museum of Wales - our school is in the same building as the Welsh office of the British Geological Survey and next door to the National Museum of Wales. We use the exhibition galleries of the National Museum and material from its collections to enhance our teaching. The British Geological Survey Wales also provide ideas for student projects and advice on professional skills and careers. • Society of Economic Geologists Student Chapter – we have a thriving student society that you can join. Our links to this international society means we often get specialist visiting lecturers and sponsor student-led field visits to mineral deposits and mines across Europe. Recently our students have been to Ireland, Sweden, Finland and Serbia.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeF626
Institution code C15
Campus nameMain Site - Cardiff
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB - BBC ABB - BBB (with 1 STEM Science subject) OR BBB - BBC (with 2 STEM Science subjects) STEM Science subjects - Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Geology, Biology, Geography, Computer Science, Environmental Science Please note, General Studies will not be accepted.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM - DMM In one of the following subjects Applied Science, Sports & Exercise Science, Health Science, Animal Science, ICT
Scottish Advanced Higher ABB - BBC ABB - BBB (with 1 STEM Science subject) OR BBB - BBC (with 2 STEM Science subjects) STEM Science subjects - Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Geology, Biology, Geography, Computer Science, Environmental Science Please note, General Studies will not be accepted.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 - 32 points 34 - 32 or 665 in HL subjects (with 1 HL STEM Science subject), or 32 - 30 or 655 in HL subjects (with 2 HL STEM Science subjects) STEM Science subjects - Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Geology, Biology, Geography, Computer Science, Environmental Science
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the A Level grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements.
Extended Project A Grade A in the EPQ and BBB - BBC at A Level (with 1 STEM Science subject) OR A in the EPQ and BBC - BCC at A Level (with 2 STEM Science subjects) STEM Science subjects - Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Geology, Biology, Geography, Computer Science, Environmental Science Please note, General Studies will not be accepted.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths grade B/6. GCSE English Language grade C/4

English language requirements

All applicants are expected to have demonstrable English language skills. Most courses ask for GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent, but some courses ask for GCSE English grade B/6 or equivalent.

To find out more, please go to:

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/international/english-language-requirements/undergraduate


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
International £21950 Year 1
Channel Islands £10500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/Channel Islands: Fees stated are for the 2020/21 academic year. Fees after year one The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in the second and subsequent years of a course as permitted by law or Welsh Government policy. Where applicable we will notify you of any change in tuition fee by the end of June in the academic year before the one in which the fee will increase. Fees for entry in subsequent years are subject to increase and will be confirmed by the end of September in the year preceding your start date of your programme. Tuition fees cover all reasonable costs required for you to complete to the degree programme stated. Please note that you may choose to participate in study trips, associated placements or purchase equipment while studying on your degree programme which will be at your own cost. Tuition fees do not include living costs such as accommodation, subsistence or travel. Overseas: Fees stated are for 2020/21 entry and are fixed for the first three years of study. Where programmes run for longer than three years, any additional years of study will rise in line with forecast inflation, using the RPIX measure of inflation (this is equivalent to the Retail Price Index but excludes mortgage interest payments) plus 2%. The RPIX rate will be taken from April preceding the commencement of the year of study. Fees for entry in subsequent years are subject to increase and will be confirmed by the end of September in the year preceding your start date of your programme. Tuition fees cover all reasonable costs required for you to complete the degree programme stated. Please note that you may choose to participate in study trips, associated placements or purchase equipment while studying on your degree programme which will be at your own cost. Tuition fees do not include living costs such as accommodation, subsistence or travel.

Sponsorship information

Cardiff University has many scholarships on offer to our prospective students. Please see our website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/funding/scholarships for further information.

Exploration Geology at Cardiff University - UCAS