Birkbeck University of London Geology

By | 13th April 2017

Birkbeck University of London Geology

Programme overview

Accredited by the Geological Society as a recognised professional qualification, this course provides an introduction to a range of disciplines, from geophysics to palaeontology, and from volcanology to sedimentology. You will be taught by internationally distinguished researchers who are experts in their field. As well as attending this course at Birkbeck in central London, you can also study by distance learning via our online learning environment, so you can access course materials and recordings of lectures wherever you are in the world – and whenever it suits you.

We are one of the few departments that meets the Geological Society’s recommendation of a minimum 64 days’ fieldwork in a BSc programme. This is a commitment that many full-time courses do not match and at present we are only one of a few geology programmes that does.

Each year you attend a major residential field course of 10-14 days. You also attend weekend field classes and have to undertake a substantial amount of field research on your own.

Field courses are designed to complement the lecture programme and lab-based practical classes. In the field, you have the opportunity to cement your theoretical understanding of topics in geology with practical experience. At the same time you develop the skills you need to pursue independent research. We regularly update our field itineraries to keep up with changes in our curriculum. Currently, we take students to the Isle of Skye (Year 1), North-West Scotland or Greece (Year 2) and Morocco and the Canary Islands (Year 3).

This course is also available for part-time evening study over 4 years or part-time evening study over 6 years.

Entry requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

UCAS tariff points

120

The UCAS tariff system has changed for courses starting in September 2017 and is now calculated using a new number system. This means applicants applying for courses from October 2016 will see entry requirements and offers expressed using the new tariff.

The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.

GCSEs required at grade A*-C (or equivalent) in mathematics.

Alternative entry routes

Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in a science-based subject.

Students who successfully complete Birkbeck’s Certificate of Higher Education in Earth History and Palaeontology, Forensic Geology, Geology, Mineralogy and Volcanology or Planetary Geology will be considered for a place on the BA, with the possibility of exemption from the first-year modules.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.