Geologists and geophysicists study the Earth’s interior, crust, oceans and atmosphere to tackle the major scientific and environmental challenges such as climate change, natural hazards, natural resources and energy transition.

Our Degrees

We offer a range of Geology and Geophysics degrees which you can read more about below.

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Pathway Programmes

The University of Aberdeen International Study Centre offers preparation programmes for progression to undergraduate degree study at the university.

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Our programmes reflect the broad range of challenges and also the multidisciplinary nature of earth sciences:

The BSc Geology provides you with the skills you need to explore the processes that have shaped the Earth and its surface and subsurface environments through time, equipping you with powers to address the major modern world challenges, from climate change to sustainable energy, and from water security to natural disasters.

The BSc Geology and Petroleum Geology examines the main geological principles that underpin our understanding of the structure and evolution of the Earth. In particular, you will learn about the origin, structure and composition of the major rock groups and learn how we date geological events and how we gather and interpret data in the field.

The BSc Geophysics applies a deep knowledge of geology and physics along with practical field-based skills to areas ranging from hydrocarbon exploration to plate tectonics and from environmental services to archaeological excavations.

The BSc Geoscience combines geology and physical geography to provides a broad multidisciplinary understanding of the major environmental challenges we face today, including climate change and the impact of humans on the environment, along with practical field skills including mapping, field geology, remote sensing and GIS.

Our graduates enter a variety of professions, including energy exploration and production but also in sectors including the groundwater industry, environmental consultancy and geological surveying.

Using a combination of the vast online resources provided by NASA, and the UK Virtual Microscope’s Apollo collection, students make their own investigations of aspects of the geology of the Moon and Mars and compare results with the geological evolution of Earth.

Geology students will be taught in the new Science Teaching Hub (opening 2022).

Available Programmes of Study

Single Honours Degrees

Joint Honours Degrees

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Why Study Geology and Geophysics at Aberdeen?

  • Fieldwork is an important element of our programmes and we make the best use of our location in Scotland and our close proximity to numerous fantastic fieldwork sites.
  • Since it combines all of the major natural and physical sciences in a broad interdisciplinary mix, Geoscience is in many ways the ultimate general science degree.
  • The School of Geosciences is a world-leader in the adoption and application of digital technology, combining the latest virtual tools and resources with our unrivalled field study locations on our doorstep here in Scotland and overseas.
  • For those planning a career in geophysics or petrophysics with the hydrocarbon industry, the Joint Degree in Geology and Physics is highly relevant, whilst the degree option of Physics with Geology is another option.
  • Fieldwork locations include - Arran, Skye, Northwest Highlands and other areas throughout the UK. The MGeol programme includes a trip to Italy.
  • Many past graduates continue to work in the city and links with industry are therefore very strong and employability second to none.
  • You have the chance to join the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Student Chapter. This is an active and very social Student Chapter which will give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge, skills and networks beyond the classroom.
  • To expand skills, knowledge and networks even further, many of our students join the Aberdeen Geology Society.
  • Our BSc degree is fully accredited by the Geological Society for London.
  • Geology at Aberdeen is ranked 3rd in Scotland by the Complete University Guide 2020

What our Alumni Say

Joselia Ferreira

Joselia Ferreira

Joselia Ferreira

Job Details
Earth Scientist, Chevron
Graduated 2014

I enjoyed the fact that the university is very international and has top quality Professors with good knowledge and reputation that are known within the Oil and Gas Industry. The subjects I had targeted the oil industry.

Becky Wain

Becky Wain

Becky Wain

Job Details
Graduate Geologist
Graduated 2013

The links with many different industries allows the university to be among the best for research and development so you will know that you are learning the most up to date and relevant information during your studies.

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