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 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).