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  • Qualification

    Master of Science - MSci

  • Location

    Main Site - Cardiff

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Overview and aims of the ProgrammeTo find solutions to some of the biggest problems facing our planet today we need to understand the Earth’s history and processes. Geologists use their knowledge of past climates and hazards to understand and address the challenges we face from issues like climate change and natural disasters. On our Geology course you will explore how rocks and minerals are formed, how animals evolve over geological time, what causes earthquakes and volcanoes and how geology impacts on our lives today. You will develop skills in fieldwork, data capture, analysis and confident decision making. Our Masters degrees involve a fourth year of study where you work on an exploration research project with an academic from the School. You will develop advanced skills in research and get experience of scientific writing and presentation at a professional level.We make the most of our location and take regular field trips in South Wales to explore how geology impacts on landscapes and industry. There will also be opportunities to do overseas trips, in the past we’ve been to Spain and Cyprus.We’ve worked with industry to design our degree so you graduate with the specialist skills needed to be a professional geologist.You don’t need to have studied Geology already as we’ll be starting year one with the basic principles to bring everyone to the same level.Distinctive Features of the Programme• Professional accreditation - our Geology degree is accredited by the Geological Society, the professional body for geosciences in the UK. This accreditation keeps us connected to industry and allows our graduates to become chartered Geologists. • Student satisfaction - belong to a small and friendly community voted close to the top among all Russell Group Universities in the main category of Overall Satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2019.• Flexible degree schemes - all of the School’s degrees have a common first semester that introduce you to geosciences and geography. You can then decide whether to stay with your chosen degree or switch to another in the same School. BSc Geology students also have the most flexibility in years two and three with a range of optional modules to choose from.• Hands-on fieldwork - you will get plenty of opportunity to develop your fieldwork skills with regular day trips and residential trips in Wales and overseas. South Wales has a diverse geological history and there are lots of outstanding natural landscapes for us to explore. A mapping trip to Spain is also included in your course fees.• World leading experts and facilities – you will be taught by world-leading earth scientists and have access to the latest technologies and training for surveying and mapping geological features. • Access to the British Geological Survey and National Museum of Wales - our school is in the same building as the Welsh office of the British Geological Survey and next door to the National Museum of Wales. We use the exhibition galleries of the National Museum and material from its collections to enhance our teaching. The British Geological Survey Wales also provide ideas for student projects and advice on professional skills and careers.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 21,950per year

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A level : BBC - ABB

ABB - BBB (with 1 STEM Science subject) OR BBB - BBC (with 2 STEM Science subjects)STEM Science subjects - Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Geology, Biology, Geography, Computer Science, Environmental SciencePlease note, General Studies will not be accepted.

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University information

Cardiff University

  • University League Table

    30th

  • Campus address

    Cardiff University, PO Box 921, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 3XQ, Wales

Cardiff University is a global institution, with over 7,900 international students from more than 130 countries.
The university welcomes applications from international students and offer specialist facilities and dedicated support to help with a student’s studies.
Cardiff came second in the 2020 Natwest Student Living Index for monthly rental costs in UK university cities, and twelfth in terms of overall living costs.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    19th out of 29 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    131 58%

    17th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%

    14th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.22 84%

    7th

    13

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