The BSc Environmental Geosciences course seeks to develop specialist geoscience students for careers in the environmental sector, further study or research. Graduates of our degree go on to work for companies in a range of relevant areas including environmental management, water management, energy, mining and geotechnics. You may also go on to study for an MSc and PhD in more specialist areas including environmental geochemistry, hydrology, hydrogeology and geotechnics. The course has a special emphasis on employability and benefits from consultations with experts from the industry including Amec, Atkins, the Environment Agency, English Nature and Mott MacDonald. Year 1 Compulsory modules: Earth Materials / Understanding Earth Sciences / Environment and Resources / Field Studies / Geoinformatics. Optional modules: Mathematical Methods in Geosciences / Further Mathematics for Geoscientists / One module from another academic department. Year 2 Compulsory modules: Fieldwork (Environmental) / Hydrology and Climate / Sedimentary Environments and Paleoecology. Optional modules: Geophysical Methods for Geoscientists / Structural Geology and Tectonics / Igneous and Metamorphic Geochemistry and Petrology / Modelling Earth Processes / One module from another academic department. Year 3 Compulsory modules: Dissertation / Environmental Geochemistry / Environmental Management. Optional modules: Petrology, Geochemistry and Global Tectonics / Geological Evolution and Petroleum Systems of the British Isles / Volcanology and Magmatism / Deformation Processes of the Lithosphere / Earth Structure and Dynamics / Advanced Geophysics / Earth System and Climate / Earth Sciences into Schools. 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 2023 entry from September 2022. For more information on this course, please see our website.
Year 1 Compulsory modules: Earth Materials Understanding Earth Sciences Environment and Resources Field Studies Geoinformatics. Optional modules: Mathematical Methods in Geosciences Further Mathematics for Geoscientists One module from another academic department. Year 2 Compulsory modules: Fieldwork (Environmental) Hydrology and Climate Sedimentary Environments and Paleoecology. Optional modules: Geophysical Methods for Geoscientists Structural Geology and Tectonics Igneous and Metamorphic Geochemistry and Petrology Modelling Earth Processes One module from another academic department. Year 3 Compulsory modules: Dissertation Environmental Geochemistry Environmental Management. Optional modules: Petrology, Geochemistry and Global Tectonics Geological Evolution and Petroleum Systems of the British Isles Volcanology and Magmatism Deformation Processes of the Lithosphere Earth Structure and Dynamics Advanced Geophysics Earth System and Climate Earth Sciences into Schools. 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
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.
If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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Our contextual offer for this programme is A level BBB/ABC (or equivalent, to include 2 science subjects at grade B or above). To find out if you’re eligible, please visit: www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/contextualoffers/.
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Durham University welcomes applications from all students irrespective of background. We encourage the recruitment of academically well-qualified and highly motivated students, who are non-native speakers of English, whose full potential can be realised with a limited amount of English Language training either prior to entry or through pre-sessional and/or in-sessional courses. It is the normal expectation that candidates for admission should be able to demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency before the start of a programme of study, whether via the submission of an appropriate English language qualification or by attendance on an appropriate pre-sessional course. Acceptable evidence and levels required can be viewed by following the link provided.
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
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