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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Geophysics is the study of the Earth from the near-surface to the deep interior through the use of quantitative physical methods. On this programme, you study forces such as gravity and magnetism and learn about how these forces act on the Earth’s interior, crust, oceans and the atmosphere. On this programme, you will learn to combine a deep knowledge of geology and physics and apply practical field-based skills to areas ranging from hydrocarbon exploration to plate tectonics and from environmental services to archaeological excavations.This unique programme is designed to expose students to the theory and practice of modern geophysics, with an emphasis on cutting edge techniques for understanding the structure, dynamics and composition of the Earth from the near-surface to the deep interior. The content is broad-based and integrative with a strong focus on the quantitative aspects of geophysical data analysis and interpretation.This programme specifically addresses the recognised need for qualified geophysicists within the hydrocarbons industry, by equipping students with the particular skills for careers in the hydrocarbon, minerals exploration or associated service industries. While traditionally, graduates from the University of Aberdeen have been attracted to careers in the oil and gas industry, many others have gone on to work in to other diverse areas including mineral exploration, environmental geophysics or associated service industries.The teaching of physics at Aberdeen has a long and illustrious history, with notable great physicists such as James Clerk Maxwell and G.P. Thomson counted amongst its former staff.

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15 January

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A level : BBB

A minimum of 3 A Levels at BBB - to include Mathematics and Physics.To be considered for entry into Second Year, a minimum of 3 A Levels at ABB, with AB from Mathematics and Physics (including the subject(s) nominated for Honours - an A in the subject for Single Honours or AB in the subjects for Joint Honours).Also required: GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics or Dual Award Science.


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University information

University of Aberdeen

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  • Campus address

    University of Aberdeen, Directorate of External Relations, King's College, Aberdeen, Aberdeen, City Of, AB24 3FX, Scotland

One of the top 40 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide).
Student population includes over 130 nationalities, with strong international global networks.
An International Centre provides support to students from application to graduation.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    17th out of 30 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    152 69%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    75.0 75%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.86 77%



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