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Course summary

Geology is a wide-ranging and fascinating subject. On our BSc Geology we cover many areas of interest, including:

  • study of the Earth, its history and development and the evolution of life on its surface
  • the processes that occur within the Earth
  • human interactions with our planet, from finding essential raw materials to assessing risks from volcanoes and earthquakes.
Accredited by the Geological Society of London, the BSc Geology at Birkbeck will introduce you to the dynamic systems within the Earth and at its surface, both at the present day and in deep time. Geology is a practical subject, and the course will include training and experience of geological fieldwork and will allow you to develop your areas of interest in the form of guided project work. Our long-term expertise with distance education allows unrivalled flexibility in your learning style. You will learn knowledge and techniques that enable you to carry out geological fieldwork and laboratory analyses, as well as gaining transferable skills that can be applied to science subjects that involve fieldwork and practical work. Geoscientists develop careers in fields as diverse as geological hazard mitigation, exploration for essential raw materials including water, control and prevention of environmental damage, natural resources conservation, as well as education, outreach and further academic study. Highlights
  • We offer you flexible teaching methods, balancing face-to-face and online learning.
  • Exciting field trip opportunities to famous geological sites in the UK, Greece and Morocco.
  • Accredited by the Geological Society of London as a recognised professional qualification. We are the only university that offers this option through distance learning.
  • We are part of the joint UCL-Birkbeck Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences (IEPS) meaning we share laboratories, expertise and events, all open to students for research projects. Find out more about our research facilities.
  • Birkbeck was rated in the top 25 universities in the UK for its Earth Systems and Environmental Science research in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.
  • Our Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences has been offering evening study courses for over 70 years and distance learning for over 20 years.
Careers and employability Graduates can pursue career paths in the oil, mineral and groundwater industries, academia or geology. Possible professions include:
  • engineering geologist
  • geochemist
  • geophysicist
  • hydrogeologist
  • higher education lecturer.
We offer a comprehensive Careers Service - Birkbeck Futures - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

A combination of reports on field-based projects, laboratory work and written examinations. Some modules include continuous assessment through written work.

Professional bodies

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

  • The Geological Society

How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES Students who successfully complete Birkbeck's Certificate of Higher Education in Earth History and Palaeontology, Geology, Mineralogy and Volcanology or Planetary Science with Astronomy will be considered for a place on the BSc, with the possibility of exemption from the first-year modules.


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4625 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4625 Year 1
Scotland £4625 Year 1
Wales £4625 Year 1
International £8010 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases. As well as fees, you should expect to pay other study-related expenses, for travel to and from College, books, stationery, etc. Birkbeck provides advice and financial support for students who experience hardship in meeting the travel costs of essential fieldwork or study visits. There are additional costs for trips associated with the modules Assessed Field Techniques 1, 2 and 3. Depending on logistics it is likely that you will visit three of the four places listed below, however locations can change: Northern Scotland Pembrokeshire, Wales Morocco Greece The cost of each trip is between £600 and £800, and includes transport while on location, and accommodation. A full costing will be provided once we have confirmed the number of students going on each trip. In addition, you will need to equip yourself with field-note books and stationery, compass and hammer, and GPS equipment, hand lens, walking boots and all-weather clothing depending on location.
Geology at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS