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Geology (Volcanology) BSc (Hons)

Keele University

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

At Keele University, we’re proud to be consistently ranked in the Top 3 UK universities for student satisfaction, which is testimony to the safe, supportive and welcoming campus we hope you’ll soon call home.If you are interested in the geological processes that have shaped our planet, as well as the natural beauty and the formidable powers of volcanoes, and are keen to understand what makes volcanoes tick, the Geology (Volcanology) pathway at Keele is perfect for you. This course is based on the Single Honours Geology course combined with a range of compulsory volcanology modules. You will share the excitement of delving into the inner workings of volcanoes, from magma generation in the deep Earth to the amazing variety of volcanic eruptions, and learn about the effects of volcanoes on society from hazards to climate change.Furthermore, you will undertake a residential field course to an area where active magmatic and volcanic processes can be observed. Geology examines global change over the whole history of our planet, and understanding these changes is relevant in our present time more than ever to ensure a sustainable future for the human population on Earth.You will learn about the fundamental processes shaping our planet, from the formation of minerals and rocks to the occurrence of natural resources. In our comprehensive and integrated fieldwork programme, you will learn how to map and interpret geological features. Problem-solving laboratory classes will provide you with essential skills in identifying Earth materials and interpreting geological data as well as skills in communication and presentation.This course particularly focusses on volcanology, and you will learn to carry out your own research using specialist field techniques, equipment and software. Our staff are not only excellent teachers, but also leading researchers working at the frontiers of current volcanological research. All of our single honours students are offered a work placement module in year 2.You will acquire a wide range of transferable skills, including communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, evaluate and synthesise information from diverse sources.Please note: Course specialisms are subject to accreditation.Our modern industrialised and technology-based society depends on geologists to find natural resources such as minerals,hydrocarbons, geothermal energy, metals, aggregates and water, for designing and building foundations, tunnels, cuttings andother engineering projects, inform environmental projects such as radioactive waste disposal or carbon dioxide sequestration, and to understand the risks from natural hazards such as volcanoes.With the subject-specific skills acquired during the course, you might choose to work in geological, geophysical or environmental consultancy, in geological surveys, in construction, mining, in the energy sector, planning, insurance or in academia.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 17,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Keele University

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  • Campus address

    Keele University, Keele, ST5 5BG, England

Keele students represent over 120 different nationalities. A welcoming campus, Keele recognises the benefits of such a diverse population of cultures and ideas.
Keele provides individual and group language and academic skills guidance for international students at all levels, through its language centre on campus.
Keele offers a friendly and supportive environment for international students. A range of cultural events are arranged and celebrated throughout the year.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    23rd out of 29 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    109 48%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    78 78%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.26 85%



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