Durham University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Geophysics with Geology

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Course summary

Geophysics is the application of physical principles to the study of the structure and dynamics of the Earth and increasingly other planets. Geophysics has many practical applications and forms an essential part of the economic exploitation of hydrocarbon and mineral resources. Geophysicists are also involved with assessing and mitigating natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. The Geophysics with Geology degree shows progression from the first year through to the third year. In the first year, you share the compulsory modules with the other degree courses, but it also includes additional compulsory modules which specialise in Mathematics and Physics. In the second and third years, you deal with material that is specialist, numerically based and at the cutting-edge of geophysical research. Graduates from this degree have secured employment across the geoscience sector, within the mineral exploration and extraction industries, in petroleum exploration companies, and with environmental and hydro-geological industries. The advanced quantitative skills developed during this course can provide a strong base for securing employment outside geoscience, for example, in finance, insurance and banking. 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 Structural Geology and Tectonics. Year 3 Compulsory modules: Dissertation Advanced Geophysics Earth Structure and Dynamics. We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2020 entry from September 2019. For more information on this course, including a list of all optional modules, please see our website.

Course details

Modules

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 Structural Geology and Tectonics. Optional modules: Hydrology and Climate Igneous and Metamorphic Geochemistry and Petrology Sedimentary Environments and Paleoecology Modelling Earth Processes Up to two modules from another academic department. Year 3 Compulsory modules: Dissertation Advanced Geophysics Earth Structure and Dynamics. Optional modules: Petrology, Geochemistry and Global Tectonics Earth System and Climate Geological Evolution and Petroleum Systems of the British Isles Volcanology and Magmatism Deformation Processes of the Lithosphere Environmental Geochemistry Earth Sciences into Schools Environmental Management. Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered.


How to apply

Application codes

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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: www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/contextualoffers/.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/entry/


Unistats information

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95%
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £28500 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £28500 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Geophysics with Geology at Durham University - UCAS