Introduction

This innovative new course prepares you to apply scientific principles to help address some of the most significant problems facing the Earth today.

This programme is studied on campus.

By combining the disciplines of geology and physical geography, the BSc Geoscience helps you develop a deep understanding of challenges, including:

  • Climate change
  • Natural hazards
  • Population
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Interactions between humans and the environment

Through lectures, coursework, field study and access to geographical information systems, this course covers the fundamentals of geoscience, from the origin and formation of the Earth to the physical science of climate change, to equip the next generation of experts with a deep appreciation of the science behind the way the Earth works.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
BSc
Duration
48 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
September
UCAS Code
F610

What You'll Study

Please contact study@abdn.ac.uk for more information about this programme.

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Field Trips
  • Field Work
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Why Study Geoscience?

  • You will be well equipped to pursue careers across the breadth of Geoscience and Geography disciplines.
  • Fieldwork is an important element of this degree, we make the best use of our location in Scotland – close to many great areas for fieldwork.
  • Fieldwork locations include - Arran, Skye, NW Highlands and other areas throughout the UK.
  • Aberdeen is geographically perfect for the study of Geoloscience, having some world-class field sites close at hand which can be conveniently visited on day courses. Many of the UK's top 100 Geological sites are within easy reach from Aberdeen and are visited by our students and staff alike.
  • Many past graduates continue to work in the city. Links with industry are, therefore, very strong with high levels of employability from our graduates.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Qualifications

SQA Highers - AABB*
A Levels - BBB*
IB - 32 points, 5 at HL*
ILC - 5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)*
*Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/Science subjects.

Advanced Entry - Advanced Highers ABB, A Levels ABB or IB 34 points (6 at HL), including Geology or Geography.

Further detailed entry requirements for Sciences degrees.

Further detailed entry requirements for Sciences degrees.

English Language Requirements

To study for a degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee Waiver

For international students (all non-EU students) entering in 2017/18, the 2017/18 tuition fee rate will apply to all years of study; however, most international students will be eligible for a fee waiver in their final year via the International Undergraduate Scholarship.

Most RUK students (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) on a four year honours degree will be eligible for a full-fees waiver in their final year. Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU £1,820
All Students
International Students £18,400
Students Admitted in 2018/19 Academic Year
RUK £9,250
Students Admitted in 2018/19 Academic Year

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

The study of geoscience provides access to a wide vareity of careers, including:

Career Opportunities

  • Cartographer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Geographical Information Systems (gis) Analyst
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Planning Analyst
  • Seismologist
  • Surveyor

Our Experts

Programme Coordinator
Dr Malcolm Hole

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Rank 1 Physical Geography Teaching

The University of Aberdeen is ranked first in the UK for teaching quality - National Student Survey 2017

Unistats

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Get in Touch

Contact Details

Address
Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX