The University of Aberdeen has a history of training geologists stretching back more than 120 years, and is currently ranked the 6th top University in the UK for Geology. The modern department makes a virtue of its location at the heart of Europe’s Oil and Gas industry, a sector that leads in the technological development of subsurface know-how. Although firmly rooted in this local community, students come from all over the World to study with us reflecting the global nature both of Earth Science and of our appeal. 

We offer first degree (Honours BSc) programmes that are fully accredited by the Geological Society of London, the science’s national professional body. These are enhanced by vocational taught Masters programmes, a newly-constituted MGeol and a host of postgraduate research opportunities that, depending on the duration of study, lead to MSc (by research) or PhD qualifications. We also offer a range of advanced training products delivered as short courses (the Turnstone training programme) and the unique experience of exploHUB, our 9-month exploration environment.

So if you haven’t studied at Aberdeen for your first degree, you are welcome to join us for more advanced programmes!

Away from the formal curriculum, the student population in the department is active in key professional bodies.
The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (the world’s premier such body) and the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain have a unified student chapter (association) within the department. Both run heavily-subsidized field trips, many to international locations – a chance to enhance your own field experience and meet lots of other geologists. So the student chapters offer great networking opportunities and form an essential bridge into careers. Further events in the department are organized by the Aberdeen Geological Society.

We also have an extensive network of former students and friends, many of whom are members of the Aberdeen Geological Alumni. The Alumni organization, provides support for undergraduate students through equipment donations, and offers prizes for academic performance.

There are abundant social opportunities from our annual Granite City Ball to regular outings to the city – no wonder geology degrees are seen as such great fun!

Find out what a recent graduate had to say about the course here