At the School of Geosciences, we are very much looking forward to you joining us in September. Following Scottish Government guidance, we expect our campus to be open. Safety is our primary concern and the University is working hard on variety of measures to safeguard your welfare.

Below you will find details of orientation, reading lists and other blended learning information for School of Geosciences students to help you start your student journey with us.

Undergraduate

School Key Contacts

Dr Tim Mighall
Director of UG teaching

Betty Euington
School Admin Assistant for Geology
Email – geology@abdn.ac.uk

Zofia Jeffreys
School Admin Assistant for Archaeology & Geography
Email – archaeology@abdn.ac.uk & geography@abdn.ac.uk

Joshua Milne
School Admin Assistant
Email - geosciences@abdn.ac.uk

Orientation

We expect our campuses to be open in September, and we will work hard to keep everyone safe. There will be opportunities for you to meet or e-meet other students and key staff, such as your personal tutor. As Scottish Government restrictions ease, more campus services and student activities will resume.

 

There will be activities for incoming students in Welcome Week: 21-25 September and in the early weeks of term.

  • In the meantime you should complete the University's Orientation programme.

    The University of Aberdeen Orientation programme has been designed to take you through all of the essential information you will need for your student life. We have broken it down into 2 parts.  You should get started on Part 1 now by working through the interactive modules.

    Student Orientation - You could win £200 Amazon Vouchers

 

Blended Learning

Blended learning means that there is a mix of online and in-person teaching activity. In the first semester of the 2020/21 academic year, lectures will be delivered online through MyAberdeen. Other teaching activities, such as tutorials and practicals may take place either on campus or online. We plan for all students to have some in-person teaching time on campus each week, as Scottish Government guidelines allow.

 

All lectures will be available online in MyAberdeen, and may be presented in short sections, rather than in one block. You will also have opportunities to learn through other formats in My Aberdeen such as quizzes, discussion boards and group chat. In-person tutorials, seminars and practicals, may be in smaller groups than usual if physical distancing is required.

Reading Lists

Reading lists for individual courses will be available through MyAberdeen later in the summer. In the meantime, you can brush up your study skills and learn more about the University at our award-winning Toolkit website.

Assessment

Most courses will not be assessed by formal exams on campus, unless you are taking a course for which a formal exam is required by a professional body. We will use alternative ways to assess your learning throughout the term. These may include essays, online exercises, and timed assessments online. This will vary from course to course, and there will be specific details in every course guide at the start of term.

Practicals, fieldwork and placements

For courses that include lab work or other kinds of practical sessions, we will aim to provide these, subject to safety constraints. Some virtual laboratory classes may also be given, using online tools and resources.It may be that it is not possible to run some field-based activities.  However, the school of geosciences has developed an extensive library of online resources which can be used to provide an educational experience that is as close as possible to that offered by fieldwork.

Postgraduate Taught

School Key Contacts

Dr David Green
Director of Postgraduate Teaching

Daniela van Heerden
School Admin coordinator for PGT
Email: pgt-geosciences@abdn.ac.uk              

Orientation

We expect our campuses to be open in September, and we will work hard to keep everyone safe. There will be opportunities for you to meet or e-meet other students and key staff, such as your personal tutor. As Scottish Government restrictions ease, more campus services and student activities will resume.

 

There will be activities for incoming students in Welcome Week: 21-25 September and in the early weeks of term.

  • In the meantime you should complete the University's Orientation programme.

    The University of Aberdeen Orientation programme has been designed to take you through all of the essential information you will need for your student life. We have broken it down into 2 parts.  You should get started on Part 1 now by working through the interactive modules.

    Student Orientation - You could win £200 Amazon Vouchers

Blended Learning

Blended learning means that there is a mix of online and in-person teaching activity. In the first semester of the 2020/21 academic year, lectures will be delivered online through MyAberdeen. Other teaching activities, such as tutorials and practicals may take place either on campus or online. We plan for all students to have some in-person teaching time on campus each week, as Scottish Government guidelines allow.

 

All lectures will be available online in MyAberdeen, and may be presented in short sections, rather than in one block. You will also have opportunities to learn through other formats in My Aberdeen such as quizzes, discussion boards and group chat. In-person tutorials, seminars and practicals, may be in smaller groups than usual if physical distancing is required.

Reading Lists

Reading lists for individual courses will be available through MyAberdeen later in the summer. In the meantime, you can brush up your study skills and learn more about the University at our award-winning Toolkit website.

Assessment

Most courses will not be assessed by formal exams on campus, unless you are taking a course for which a formal exam is required by a professional body. We will use alternative ways to assess your learning throughout the term. These may include essays, online exercises, and timed assessments online. This will vary from course to course, and there will be specific details in every course guide at the start of term.

Practicals, fieldwork and placements

If your course includes lab work or other kinds of practical sessions, we will aim to provide these subject to safety constraints or create online alternatives. If your course includes a placement (for example in Education or Medicine), we will follow national guidance and health and safety requirements from professional bodies such as the NHS or GTCS.

Postgraduate Research

Orientation

As a PGR student you have the opportunity to attend a University wide orientation in addition to your School specific event.

Check back soon for information on your school induction programme.

Blended learning

As a PGR student you may have the opportunity to audit Master‘s courses to augment your research training. Please discuss this with your supervisor and check out the postgraduate taught pages above.

The PGR School also offers a comprehensive training programme to support your research journey.