University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Geology

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Course summary

Overview Could you develop the skills needed to tackle climate change, understand global catastrophes and solve declining energy sources while understanding how the earth is formed? On this professionally accredited BSc (Hons) Geology degree course, you’ll examine the complex formation of our planet and how it has changed through time. You’ll study rocks, minerals and fossils as well as geological map work. You'll spend plenty of time out of the classroom in the field using the latest techniques. With the skills to become a professional geologist, you’ll be set for a career in areas such as mining, the petroleum industry, geotechnical engineering and teaching. Accredited by: This course is accredited by the Geological Society. What you'll experience On this degree course you’ll:

  • Develop skills to become a professional geologist, on a course that’s accredited by the Geological Society of London
  • Go on field trips to locations such as the Bristol Channel, Isle of Wight, Northwest Scotland, the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, Brittany in France and Cyprus
  • Learn hands-on in our freshly refurbished petrology lab with binocular and polarizing microscopes
  • Have access to modern petrology and palaeontology teaching laboratories stocked with many hand specimens and thin sections of rocks, minerals and fossils
  • Tailor your studies to focus on areas of geology that interest you most and support your career ambitions
  • Undertake a final year project in a location of your choice, in the UK or overseas
Careers and opportunities With this degree you could go on to work in the extractive minerals industry, mining, oil and gas sectors, geological engineering or do further study at Master's or PhD level. You'll also have transferable communication and IT skills suitable for a career in business, commerce or education. What can you do with a Geology degree? Roles our graduates have taken on include:
  • mining geologist
  • well-site geologist
  • geotechnical engineer
  • teacher
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career. You can also join the Portsmouth Geology Alumni Group to get careers advice from former students.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Engineering Geology and Geohazards
  • How the Earth Works
  • Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Science for Earth Systems
  • Sedimentology and Palaeontology
Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Geological Field Techniques
  • GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Petrology
  • Professional Skills for Geoscientists
  • Sedimentary Processes and Facies Analysis
  • Structural Geology
Year 3 Core modules in this year include
  • Geodynamics
  • Geology Project
  • Mineral Resources and Exploration
Optional modules in this year currently include:
  • Applied Sedimentology and Petroleum Geology
  • Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology
  • Oceans, Climates and Environments
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Pollution and Waste Management
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through laboratory reports, oral and poster presentations, reports on field-based projects, computer-based assessment. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Professional bodies

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

  • The Geological Society

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

CLEARING INFORMATION – Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Unistats information

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75%
Student satisfaction
35%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
81%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £17600 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance EU **Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship** For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £1,700 Year abroad of a language course £1,700. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**
Geology at University of Portsmouth - UCAS