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Course Overview

This course is in 2 parts. In part 1, the students explore the links between tectonic setting and magmagenesis, with particular reference to geochemical signatures recorded in the rocks. In part 2, students look at how different bulk protolith compositions control the metamorphic mineral paragenesis, with an emphasis on observing and recording evidence from textures in thin sections. In a world of post-peak oil, exploration for new reserves is now moving to igneous and metamorphic rocks, and a thorough understanding of these rocks is essential for the practising geologist.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr David Healy

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • GL2510 An Introduction to Field Geology (Passed)
  • GL2511 Geophysics (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • GL2015 Petrology & Mineralogy (Passed)
  • GL2014 Stratigraphical Principles (Passed)
  • One of Archaeology (AY) (Studied) or Geography (GG) (Studied) or Geology And Petroleum Geology (GL) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GL3514 Petrology & Tectonics (Studied)
  • (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

  • Petrogenesis of igneous rocks of Island arcs and Cordillera.
  • Petrogenesis of oceanic within plate magmas.
  • Petrogenesis of continental flood basalts and relationship to continental break-up.
  • Recap of metamorphic principles from L2.
  • Metamorphism of basic and ultrabasic rocks.
  • Metamorphism of calcareous rocks.
  • Metamorphism of pelitic rocks.
  • Metamorphism of UHT and UHP rocks. ยท                 

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: In-course assessment 50% - four equally weighted practical assessments Examination 50%. Resit: 50% original in-course assessment; 50% examination.

Formative Assessment

In-course multiple choice tests will give instant feedback. Practical exercises will be submitted to MyAberdeen Electronically.


Feedback will be made electronically through MyAberdeen.

Course Learning Outcomes


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