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Environmental Geoscience BSc (Hons)

Durham University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

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  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

The BSc Environmental Geosciences course seeks to develop specialist geoscience students for careers in the environmental sector, further study or research. Graduates of our degree go on to work for companies in a range of relevant areas including environmental management, water management, energy, mining and geotechnics. You may also go on to study for an MSc and PhD in more specialist areas including environmental geochemistry, hydrology, hydrogeology and geotechnics. The course has a special emphasis on employability and benefits from consultations with experts from the industry including Amec, Atkins, the Environment Agency, English Nature and Mott MacDonald.**Year 1**Compulsory modules: Earth Materials / Understanding Earth Sciences / Environment and Resources / Field Studies / Geoinformatics.Optional modules: Mathematical Methods in Geosciences / Further Mathematics for Geoscientists / One module from another academic department.**Year 2**Compulsory modules: Fieldwork (Environmental) / Hydrology and Climate / Sedimentary Environments and Paleoecology.Optional modules: Geophysical Methods for Geoscientists / Structural Geology and Tectonics / Igneous and Metamorphic Geochemistry and Petrology / Modelling Earth Processes / One module from another academic department.**Year 3**Compulsory modules: Dissertation / Environmental Geochemistry / Environmental Management.Optional modules: Petrology, Geochemistry and Global Tectonics / Geological Evolution and Petroleum Systems of the British Isles / Volcanology and Magmatism / Deformation Processes of the Lithosphere / Earth Structure and Dynamics / Advanced Geophysics / Earth System and Climate / Earth Sciences into Schools.We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2020 entry from September 2019.For more information on this course, please see our website.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 28,500per year

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A level : AAB

Specific subjects/grades required for entry:Two Science subjects.Specific subjects excluded for entry:Critical Thinking and General Studies.Information:Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.


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University information

Durham University

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  • Campus address

    Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, England

By inspiring students to do outstanding things at Durham, the university believes they will do outstanding things in the world.
Durham's famous cathedral and castle are at the heart of the city – and the heart of the university – forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Beyond studies, Durham offers a student experience and college life that is truly unique.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    3rd out of 71 1

    12th out of 30 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    180 90%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    84.0 84%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.22 84%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    159 72%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80.0 80%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.27 85%



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