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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    John Snow College

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

The Geoscience course provides you with maximum flexibility in module choices and is suitable if you have a wide-ranging interest across the Earth Science subjects. This means that assuming pre-requisite module criteria are met, all modules are optional, bar the compulsory Level 3 dissertation module. Because of the high degree of flexibility, this degree is not accredited by the Geological Society of London.After completing this course Geoscience graduates gain 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. The numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving skills that you will develop 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 Optional modules**Earth MaterialsUnderstanding Earth SciencesEnvironment and ResourcesField StudiesMathematical Methods in GeosciencesFurther Mathematics for GeoscientistsGeoinformaticsUp to two modules from another academic department**Year 2 Optional modules:**Structural Geology and TectonicsIgneous and Metamorphic Geochemistry and PetrologySedimentary Environments and PaleoecologyHydrology and ClimateGeophysical Data ApplicationsGeophysical Methods for GeoscientistsModelling Earth Processes One module from another academic department**Year 3****Compulsory module:** Dissertation**Optional modules**Earth System and ClimateEarth Structure and DynamicsAdvanced GeophysicsGeological Evolution and Petroleum Systems of the British IslesMagmatismPalaeobiologyTectonics and Deformation ProcessesEnvironmental GeochemistryEarth Sciences into SchoolsEnvironmental ManagementWe 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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£ 27,350per year

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Entry requirements

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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.


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

    4th out of 29

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    171 75%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    92 92%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.17 83%



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