Birkbeck University of London Geology

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