Imperial College London

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

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Modern geoscience is moving beyond the confines of Planet Earth to explore the geological and geophysical processes that shaped the Solar System.

The abundance of recent planetary missions together with the development of novel techniques in studying extraterrestrial materials and processes is yielding radical new insights into Solar System evolution. Forthcoming planetary exploration missions offer numerous new opportunities to learn about planetary origins and evolution. Geological and geophysical knowledge and skills underpin modern investigation of solid planetary bodies in the Solar System.

Our new degree in Earth and Planetary Science will focus on geological and geophysical processes in the Solar System, with particular emphasis on the planets, moons and smaller bodies, such as asteroids and comets. It firstly provides you with a strong theoretical and practical foundation in earth science, and then teaches you how to apply that to planetary science. Our goal is to teach you how dust and gas in the early stages of Solar System formation eventually evolved into planets including Earth that is capable of supporting life.

You will focus on understanding Earth and other solid bodies in the solar system. The foundation in earth science will emphasise the fundamentals of geology and geophysics. From this you will learn how Earth’s atmosphere, life, surface, interior and external influences operate, interact and evolve. That foundation is then applied to other solid planetary bodies, to help understand solar system formation and evolution, and the physics, chemistry and geology of the main solid planetary bodies. Key planetary science questions you will examine include for example:

  • How have collisions shaped planetary surfaces and affected planetary and biological evolution?

  • What does the chemistry of meteorites tell us about planetary body evolution?

  • How can we reconstruct the climate history of Mars from analyzing pictures from rovers on the martian surface?

  • Where is the best place to search for life in the Solar System?

This highly interdisciplinary degree provides skills in geoscience, physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering and computing.

All our courses combine a strong traditional emphasis on observational and field skills with modern numerical and analytical techniques required for a deep, quantitative understanding of Earth and Planetary processes and systems. Field skills are important for studying planetary geology because, for example, analysis of Mars rover-derived data focusses on the identification, mapping and interpretation of geological relationships in the search for the best rocks to investigate in the search for possible ancient life.

Our departmental involvement with current and future planetary missions will provide unique insight into mission science and the opportunity to study recently acquired data.

We also emphasise the development of transferable professional skills such as group working, problem-solving, drawing inferences from incomplete data, computational methods and 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.

You follow a pathway of core modules in years one and two, before studying specialised modules in the third and fourth years.

Modules in the first two years are taken alongside students from other Earth Science degrees, and focus on the fundamentals of the subject.

You then specialise in your third year, choosing between physics and geology orientated optional modules. There is also a major project in both years, providing a further opportunity to specialise.

You can also diversify your studies with opportunities to study business, language and humanities modules, if you wish, through the Imperial Horizons programme.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code F64B
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

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAA Must include:

A in Mathematics
A in Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Biology or Geography

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Not accepted
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, D3 Must include:

D3 in Mathematics
D3 in Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Biology or Geography
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 38 points Must include:

6 in Mathematics at higher level
6 at higher level in Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Geography

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

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

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

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced C For 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) 6.5 Score 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 Academic 62.0 Score 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) 92.0 Score 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/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £30,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £30,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition Fee information: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/fees-and-funding/tuition-fees/2019-20/ Scholarship information: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/fees-and-funding/bursaries-and-scholarships/presidents-scholarships/

Provider information

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Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus
Kensington and Chelsea
SW7 2AZ


Course contact details

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Ms Mel Peter, Head of Admissions

020 7589 5111

Fax: 020 7594 8004