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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    University College

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

The degree courses offered by the Department of Earth Sciences are intended to give you as much flexibility as possible while retaining the core Earth Science subjects. Individual degree courses are comprised of modules, and you will take a total of six modules (120 credits) in each academic year. This allows you to follow your own interests, as they develop.In the first year, you will be introduced to major topics in Earth Sciences, developing the practical skills required to study rocks and fossils in the field. In Year 2 you will deepen your understanding of these topics. A key part of this year is to gain the knowledge and skills required to undertake your Dissertation. In Year 3 a mix of compulsory and elective modules allow you to specialise and study topics at the cutting-edge of Earth Sciences. The MSci Earth Sciences course allows those with an aptitude to make the first steps to a research career. The majority of our degrees are accredited by the Geological Society of London, this gives you the assurance our teaching is of the highest quality, has been approved by an independent body of academics and industrialists and provides a fast track to Chartered Geologist status.Our graduates secure employment in the fields of mineral exploration and petroleum geology, engineering geology, environmental and hydrogeology consultancies, GIS companies, geological surveys, as well as securing places on Masters and PhD courses. Numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving skills developed on the course are highly valued in a wide range of non-geoscience careers, including teaching, business management, insurance and accounting, banking and finance.**Year 1**Compulsory modules:Earth MaterialsUnderstanding Earth SciencesField StudiesGeoinformatics.Optional modules:Environment and Resources Mathematical Methods in Geosciences Further Mathematics for GeoscientistsUp to two modules from another academic department.**Year 2**Compulsory modules:Fieldwork (Geological) Structural Geology and Tectonics Sedimentary Environments and PaleoecologyIgneous and Metamorphic Geochemistry and Petrology.Optional modules:Geophysical Methods for Geoscientists Hydrology and ClimateModelling Earth ProcessesOne module from another academic department.**Year 3**Compulsory modules:Dissertation. Optional modules:Petrology, Geochemistry and Global Tectonics Earth System and Climate Earth Structure and DynamicsAdvanced GeophysicsGeological Evolution and Petroleum Systems of the British IslesVolcanology and MagmatismDeformation Processes of the LithosphereEnvironmental GeochemistryEarth 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 2021 entry from September 2020.For more information on this course, please see our website.

Application deadline

26 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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Durham University

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    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

    12th out of 30 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    159 72%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80.0 80%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.27 85%



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