Earth Science at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

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Course summary

This is a Connected Degree Portsmouth is the only University in the UK with the flexibility to choose when to do an optional paid placement or self-employed year. Either take a placement in your third year, or finish your studies first and complete a placement in your fourth year. You can decide if and when to take a placement after you've started your course. Earth science is critical for understanding how our planet works, and how we can use its resources responsibly to ensure a sustainable future. It underpins current efforts to move to greener energy, understand and tackle the impacts of climate change, predict and plan against natural hazards, and to build safe, sustainable and resilient cities. On this Earth science degree course, you'll follow one of three pathways at the end of your first year These pathways will provide you with the skills for a career across the diverse Earth science space, either by direct entry to the workplace or by taking one of our applied Earth science Master's degrees. BSc (Hons) Geology pathway Geology is the study of the earth beneath our feet – 4.5 billion years of rich and fascinating history. On this pathway, you’ll examine the immense natural processes that have shaped our planet's evolution through geological time, including tectonics, climate change and natural hazards. Geologists work to understand, locate and sustainably manage the earth's resources. By learning how the earth's natural resources were formed, you'll develop skills essential to addressing global challenges and transitioning towards a green economy. BEng (Hons) Engineering Geology pathway As the only engineering degree taught in science anywhere in the UK, this course will enable you to apply geoscience to the built environments of the future. On this pathway, you’ll learn the fundamentals of geological science and develop the technical expertise to work on the design and construction of tunnels, roads, dams, and surface and underground mine excavations, at a university where engineering geology and geotechnics have been taught for more than 50 years. BSc (Hons) Environmental Geology pathway Environmental geologists investigate the interface between the solid earth and the environment, understanding the fundamentals of geological sciences and focusing on how Earth’s climate has evolved through geological time. On this pathway you will learn a unique and diverse set of skills critical to many modern day environmental issues, including renewable energies, the shift to a low carbon economy, water resource management and environmental mitigation and remediation of industrial land. Careers and opportunities Careers in geology, engineering geology and environmental geology are particularly buoyant at present with demand being driven by large infrastructure projects (HS2), offshore wind projects, and nuclear power station construction. This means geologists are in high demand – in 2020, the role of geologist was added to the UK shortage occupation list. Graduate roles Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • mining geologist
  • well-site geologist
  • geotechnical engineer
  • geographical information system (GIS) mapper
  • offshore geophysicist
  • engineering geologist
  • mineral exploration geologist
  • geo-environmental engineer
Graduate destinations They've gone on to work for organisations such as:
  • GEA
  • Gardline
  • Global Map Aid
  • National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
  • Land Referencing Services (LRS)
  • Hydrock
  • Ordnance Survey
  • Aggregate Industries UK
  • Leap Environmental
  • Hummingbird Resources
Placement year After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. Placements give you the opportunity to apply what you've learnt so far in a real workplace, boosting your employability and making you attractive to employers after graduation.

Subject options

This course offers the following subject options:

  • Engineering Geology
  • Environmental Geology
  • Geology

Modules

All 3 pathways share a common first year Core modules Engineering Geology and Geohazards – 20 credits How the Earth Works – 20 credits Earth Materials – 20 credits Sedimentology and Palaeontology – 20 credits Global Environmental Challenges – 20 credits Analysis of the Earth and Environment – 20 credits Optional modules There are no optional modules in this year. BSc (Hons) Geology pathway (Year 2) Core modules Dynamic Earth – 20 credits GIS and Remote Sensing – 20 credits Professional Skills and Careers – 20 credits Structural Geology – 20 credits Sedimentary Processes and Facies Analysis – 20 credits Optional modules Hydrogeology and Fluid Flow – 20 credits Volcanoes – 20 credits BSc (Hons) Geology pathway (placement year) An optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years will give you valuable experience of working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. BSc (Hons) Geology pathway (Year 3) Core modules Earth Science Project – 40 credits Earth Science in the Workplace – 20 credits Mineral Resources and Exploration – 20 credits Optional modules Analytical Methods For Earth and Environmental Sciences – 20 credits Applications of Palaeontology and Sedimentology – 20 credits Earth Evolution and Plate Tectonics – 20 credits Geohazard Risk Management – 20 credits Hazardscapes – 20 credits Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits Oceans, Climates and Environments – 20 credits Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology – 20 credits BEng (Hons) Engineering Geology pathway (Year 2) Core modules Engineering Geology of Soil and Rocks – 20 credits GIS and Remote Sensing – 20 credits Hydrogeology and Fluid Flow – 20 credits Professional Skills and Careers – 20 credits Structural Geology – 20 credits Terrain Evaluation – 20 credits Optional modules There are no optional modules in this year. BSc (Hons) Engineering Geology pathway (placement year) An optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years will give you valuable experience of working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. BEng (Hons) Engineering Geology pathway (Year 3) Core modules Earth Science Project – 40 credits Earth Science in the Workplace – 20 credits Geohazard Risk Management – 20 credits Ground Engineering – 20 credits Optional modules Hazardscapes – 20 credits Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology – 20 credits BSc (Hons) Environmental Geology pathway (Year 2) Core modules Professional Skills and Careers – 20 credits GIS and Remote Sensing – 20 credits Hydrogeology and Fluid Flow – 20 credits Terrain Evaluation – 20 credits Energy Resources and the Science of Zero Carbon – 20 credits Environmental Chemistry and Monitoring – 20 credits Optional modules There are no optional modules in this year. BSc (Hons) Environmental Geology pathway (placement year) An optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years will give you valuable experience of working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. BSc (Hons) Environmental Geology pathway (Year 3) Core modules Earth Science Project – 40 credits Earth Science in the Workplace – 20 credits Environmental Assessment and Management – 20 credits Optional modules Analytical Methods For Earth and Environmental Sciences – 20 credits Climate Change – 20 credits Earth Evolution and Plate Tectonics – 20 credits Environmental Pollution and Waste Management – 20 credits European Study Tour – 20 credits Geohazard Risk Management – 20 credits Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits Oceans, Climates and Environments – 20 credits The Green Economy – 20 credits Tropical Study Tour – 20 credits

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

  • laboratory reports
  • oral and poster presentations
  • reports on field-based projects
  • computer-based assessment
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Professional bodies

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

  • The Geological Society

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Student Outcomes

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52%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
90%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
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
International £19200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1,385 EU – £1,385 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £2,875. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to port.ac.uk/ug-tuition-fees
Earth Science at University of Portsmouth - UCAS