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Course summary

Geophysics is the application of physical principles to study the structure of the Earth and other planets, and the physical processes that shape their surfaces and environments. Geophysicists are involved with assessing and mitigating natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. Geophysics is also essential to the discovery and recovery of natural resources, including critical minerals and hydrocarbons, and the evaluation of groundwater and carbon storage reservoirs. The first year of the Geophysics degree introduces core concepts that underpin an understanding of the Earth as a physical system, including its composition and geological history, through compulsory modules shared with our other degree courses. Compulsory first-year modules also develop the quantitative mathematics, physics and computing skills that underpin modules later in the Geophysics degree. In the second and third years, you will deal with material that is specialist, numerically based and at the cutting edge of geophysical research. Modules cover topics including the use of research equipment to collect geophysical data in the field; the analysis and visualization of data to understand processes at and beneath Earth’s surface; and the behaviour of hazardous geological flows. You will also be free to choose one module each year offered by any department in the University, subject to timetable constraints. Graduates from our courses have secured employment across the geoscience sector, within the environmental and hydro-geological industries, in petroleum exploration, and in mineral exploration and extraction companies. The advanced quantitative skills developed during this course can provide a strong base for securing employment outside geoscience, for example, in finance, insurance and data science. For more information on this course, including a list of all optional modules, please see our website.


Year 1 Compulsory modules: Earth Materials, Understanding Earth Sciences, Field Studies, Further Mathematics for Geoscientists, Geoinformatics. Year 2 Compulsory modules: Fieldwork (Geophysical), Geophysical Methods for Geoscientists, Geophysical Data Applications. Year 3 Compulsory modules: Dissertation, Earth Structure and Dynamics, Hazardous Geophysical Flows. For information about our optional modules please visit our courses database.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • The Geological Society

How to apply

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If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Our contextual offer for this programme is A level BBB/ABC (or equivalent). To find out if you’re eligible, please visit:

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Additional entry requirements


Two science A level (or equivalent) subjects are required for entry, at least one of these must be Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

English language requirements

Durham University welcomes applications from all students irrespective of background. We encourage the recruitment of academically well-qualified and highly motivated students, who are non-native speakers of English, whose full potential can be realised with a limited amount of English Language training either prior to entry or through pre-sessional and/or in-sessional courses. It is the normal expectation that candidates for admission should be able to demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency before the start of a programme of study, whether via the submission of an appropriate English language qualification or by attendance on an appropriate pre-sessional course. Acceptable evidence and levels required can be viewed by following the link provided.

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £29500 Year 1
International £29500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Durham University
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Clearing contact details

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0800 987 4120

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Additional information

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Geophysics at Durham University - UCAS