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Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Geology (R53)

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Course summary

Listen to Earth’s story – from molten origins to the cradle of modern life. Discover how our planet works, from the core to the clouds and beyond. You’ll study Earth science topics, such as volcanoes, mountain building, and our planet’s changing surface environment. Explore processes that link its diverse systems and decipher clues to its extraordinary history. Use your new skills to test theories and address critical problems facing society, such as sustainability and the climate crisis. In addition, you’ll develop practical skills using geological maps and microscopes, and carry out investigations, describing past and present geological phenomena while gathering and analysing data. Key features of the course

  • Observe, describe and analyse rocks, fossils, minerals and landforms.
  • Use our award-winning online OpenSTEM Labs, plus do optional hands-on fieldwork.
  • Gain critical thinking, communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills.
  • Choose science and technology modules that complement your Earth science modules.


This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits. You’ll start Stage 1 with either a 60-credit introductory science module or a choice of two out of three 30-credit mathematics modules, followed by another 60-credit science module. Next, in Stage 2, you’ll study a 60-credit Earth science module and choose a further 60 credits from a range of science and technology modules. Finally, in Stage 3, you’ll study a 60-credit and a 30-credit Earth science module, and complete your degree with a 30-credit project module.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £20772 Whole course
International £20772 Whole course
England £20772 Whole course
Channel Islands £20772 Whole course
Northern Ireland £6624 Whole course
Scotland £6768 Whole course
Wales £7872 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £19944 Whole course

Additional fee information

The fee information provided is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2024. Fees normally increase annually. For further information about The Open University's fee policy, visit our website.
Geology (R53) at Open University - UCAS