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Six reasons to study Geology

For those considering a degree in Geology but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are six compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Feed your curiosities

If you want to know more about the Earth’s composition, how it can sustain life and what we must do to manage its resources, Geology could be the subject for you. It combines chemistry, biology, physics and geography to understand more about the wonders of our planet.

2. Tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges

Many of the problems the world faces today can be solved by geologists. Experts are in constant demand for advice and study of natural hazards, dwindling resources and climate change. Study this subject area and you could enter into a professional role that searches for new ways to better utilise resources for the people and planet.

3. Learn through practical experiences

If you enjoy working outdoors, you'll find this field of earth sciences a rewarding area of study. Field trips are commonplace, where you get to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to real-life situations. You’ll have the chance to conduct an independent geological project, and many courses offer the option to spend a year studying or working overseas.

4. Enjoy high student satisfaction

Take a look at the student satisfaction column on our Geology subject table, and you’ll see that almost all universities have high scores. This means you’ll likely be satisfied with the quality of teaching on a Geology course, perhaps due to small class sizes, research-informed content and close attention from expert tutors. 

5. Have many career options

The world needs geologists. The oil and gas industries are enormous, along with mining, construction, water and engineering, where the expertise of good geologists is high in demand. Graduates go into roles such as sustainability consultants, geological surveyors, waste resource managers and hydrogeologists. There are also many opportunities in the education, management, finance, government and communication sectors.

6. Gain transferable skills

During your Geology degree, you’ll develop a wealth of transferable skills alongside subject-specific expertise. This includes communication, IT, problem-solving, numeracy, research and project management – all of which are highly useful if you decide to go down a career route that’s not directly related to Geology.

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