Imperial College London

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (also known as Imperial College London)

Geology with a Year Abroad

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Course summary

This degree leads to a Master's level qualification and is professionally accredited by the Geological Society of London. As well as your main Imperial degree, you will also receive the award of the Associateship of the Royal School of Mines on completion of this course. The principal challenge facing the world’s growing population is how to maintain sustainable access to the natural resources – water, energy and food – that are necessary for us to enjoy a good quality of life, while protecting the environment. The science and engineering behind understanding and solving this challenge lie at the heart of earth science, an interdisciplinary subject which encompasses physics, chemistry, mathematics and other sciences. It can be applied to the study of Earth to give us an understanding of how our planet works, from its internal core, crust and oceans, to the atmosphere and our solar system. All our courses combine a strong traditional emphasis on observational and field skills with the numerical and analytical fundamental science required to understand Earth processes and systems quantitatively. We also emphasise the development of transferable professional skills such as group working, problem-solving, drawing inferences from incomplete data, IT, and oral and written communication. You can expect a balance between theory and practice, including a variety of field trips in the UK and abroad. Geologists study the world through observation and draw conclusions based on an understanding of important scientific principles. The modular nature of this course enables you to gain a solid understanding of geosciences while tailoring your study programme to suit your interests. As the course progresses, you will be able to choose modules from specialist areas such as: petrology, geochemistry, surface processes, volcanism, tectonics and geological mapping. You can also diversify your studies with opportunities to study business, language and humanities modules, if you wish, through the Imperial Horizons programme. You spend your third year studying abroad in a year which counts directly towards your final degree. Your study reaches Master's level in the fourth year with a choice of advanced modules, a specialist field trip and a substantial research project. This means that you will require fewer years of work experience than graduates of our BSc degrees to apply for Chartership of the Geological Society. You spend your third year studying at a leading university overseas. This is an integrated year abroad, so the grades you achieve will count directly towards your Imperial degree. Opportunities are currently available at:

  • MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), USA
  • UCB (University of California), USA
  • UCLA (University of California), USA
  • Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  • University of British Columbia, Canada
  • University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Aachen University, Germany*
  • University of Strasbourg, France*
  • Université Paris Diderot, France*
  • University of Barcelona, Spain*
*Fluency in the local language is required to study at these locations. Free language classes are available at the College to help you prepare. Limited places means competition for placements abroad is strong. Normally only students achieving first class marks in the first and second years will be eligible for selection.

Course details

Professional bodies

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

  • The Geological Society

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2021.

If you already have a 2021 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.

Application codes

Course code:
F601
Institution code:
I50
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/requirements/

Additional entry requirements

Interview

If your UCAS application indicates that you are likely to satisfy our requirements and you live within reasonable travelling distance of the College you will be invited for an interview. You will be introduced to the Department, the staff, our courses, teaching facilities and methods and life at College through meeting our current students. You will have a one-to-one interview with a member of the academic staff. For overseas applicants, or those unable to visit, we may arrange a telephone interview.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedCFor pre-2015 test, the College requires grade C overall. If your test result is 2016 onwards, the College requires 176 overall with 169 in all elements/bands
IELTS (Academic)6.5Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 6.0 is required in all bands. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.
PTE Academic62Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 56 is required in all bands. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.
TOEFL (iBT)92Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 20 is required in all bands. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.

For further information on the College English entry requirements and a full list of accepted tests and grade requirements, please visit the College website URL detailed below.

College English Language Entry Requirements

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/requirements/english/


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £33750 Year 1
International £33750 Year 1
Channel Islands £33750 Year 1

Additional fee information

The level of tuition fees you are liable for is based on your fee status, which the College will assess based on government regulations and which may be subject to change. Information on the fee regulation frameworks can be found at: https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Fees-and-Money/England-fee-status For information on tuition fees and funding, please see: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/fees-and-funding/ For information on bursaries and scholarships, please see: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/fees-and-funding/bursaries-and-scholarships/
Geology with a Year Abroad at Imperial College London - UCAS