Birkbeck, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of London

Geology

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Course summary

Many of the major challenges facing our planet, such as climate change, future energy production or living with natural hazards, require a thorough understanding of how the Earth has behaved in the past and how it works today. Our Certificate of Higher Education in Geology will provide you with an introduction to the key skills you need to understand the inner workings of our planet. You will study subjects ranging from earth history to geochemistry and the principles of sedimentology. Our teaching philosophy is based around flexibility, allowing you to fit your studies around your lifestyle. We embrace new technology and methods to make learning accessible to all and have been running remote as well as face-to-face lectures for more than 20 years. This means you can attend classes with our internationally distinguished researchers in our world-class laboratories in London or you can watch live streams/recorded lectures at home using our cutting-edge online teaching platform. You are free to mix both these methods to find the best balance for you. This includes the option to study 100% online from anywhere in the world and receive a University of London qualification. While not compulsory, there are opportunities to participate in residential field trips as part of the certificate. Currently, we take students to Pembrokeshire, North-West Scotland or Greece and Morocco and the Canary Islands. You may also attend weekend field classes as part of individual modules. On successful completion of the certificate, there is an option to continue studying on one of our degree programmes. 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, Morocco and Spain.
  • 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.
  • In our joint submission with UCL, we were rated sixth in the UK for Earth Systems and Environmental Science research (in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF)).
  • Our Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences has been offering evening study courses for over 70 years and distance learning for more than 20 years

Course details

Modules

For information about course structure and the moules 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.


How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

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. If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

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.

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

http://www.bbk.ac.uk/study/2021/undergraduate/programmes/UCHGLOGY_C/#entry-requirements


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £4625 Year 1
England £4625 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4625 Year 1
Scotland £4625 Year 1
Wales £4625 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 four field trips available as optional elements of this programme, as follows: - The field trip to the Isle of Skye, Scotland, includes costs for 11 nights’ accommodation (approximately £517, including evening meals), return flights to Inverness (from £100) and a minibus deposit (£120). - The field trip to Scourie, Scotland, includes costs that usually total around £700. - The field trip to Greece includes costs for return flights (approximately £300), hotel (approximately £470) and vehicle hire (approximately £100). - The field trip to Morocco includes costs that usually total around £700 for flights and accommodation. - In addition, students will need to equip themselves with field-note books and stationery, compass and hammer, and GPS equipment (both optional), hand lens, walking boots and all-weather clothing for Skye and Scourie.
Geology at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS