Cardiff University Geology
Geologists and Earth scientists are much sought after in many professions because of their global view of natural processes.
Our BSc in Geology gives you a broad view of the physical, geochemical and biological processes that formed planet Earth, its oceans, atmosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. You will learn how to observe this history within rock outcrops and interpret the processes controlling Earth’s structure and environments.
A key component of this programme is fieldwork. You will travel to a number of classic localities both in the UK and abroad. On these excursions you will learn how to record observations, to analyse and interpret a wide range of rocks and structures in the field, and be trained in making a geological map.
Our field courses are specifically designed to focus on key themes, such as the origins of oceanic crust, the development of sedimentary basins and their oil and gas potential, and the growth and collapse of mountain belts.
In year one the main location visited is currently Pembrokeshire while in year two students usually visit Arran, southwest England and northern Spain. In year three you will usually visit Cyprus, where all that you have learned previously can be synthesised into a picture that truly shows the nature of our dynamic earth.
NOTE: As an alternative to the conventional three-year BSc course, there are four-year MESci and MESci (International) schemes. These focus on research training and critical analysis, making students who take these programmes very employable in a range of professions. Both feature a master’s research dissertation in year four and the international MESci includes a year studying at a university overseas.
In this broad-based, accredited degree you will learn how to read the rocks, assess the processes involved in their formation, reconstruct past environments and interpret how life evolved.
A key component of this course is fieldwork in all three years, currently in the UK, Spain and Cyprus.
You will learn how to record observations, analyse and interpret rocks and structures in the field and make a geological map.
You will receive teaching by highly qualified earth scientists from a wide variety of disciplines, involved in national and international research programmes.
|Next intake||September 2017|
|Typical places available||The School typically has approx 150 places available.|
|Typical applications received||The School typically receives approx 740 applications.|
For detailed entry requirements see the School of Earth & Ocean Sciences admissions criteria pages.
|Typical A level offer||ABB. At least two A-levels should be a Science, Geography, Geology or Maths. Please note that for 2017 entry applicants must have two science related A-Levels|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||ABB. WBQ Core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level, excluding the two required Science/Maths/Geology/Geography A-levels.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||30-32 points, including at least two Sciences at Higher Level.|
|Other requirements||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.|
|Earth and Planetary System Science||EA1101||20 credits|
|The Sedimentary System||EA1102||10 credits|
|Dangerous Earth||EA1103||10 credits|
|Natural Resources and Energy||EA1106||10 credits|
|Formation of the British Isles||EA1107||10 credits|
|Life Through Time||EA1108||10 credits|
|Geological Maps, Sections and Structures||EA1110||10 credits|
|Earth Materials||EA1112||10 credits|
|Introduction to Earth Science Skills||EA1122||10 credits|
|Introduction to Earth Science Fieldwork||EA1123||20 credits|
|Geological Fieldwork and Mapping Training||EA2102||20 credits|
|Geophysical Exploration||EA2107||10 credits|
|Structural Geology||EA2108||10 credits|
|Plate Tectonics||EA2109||10 credits|
|Geological Resources||EA2111||10 credits|
|Metamorphic Geology||EA2124||10 credits|
|Igneous Geology||EA2125||10 credits|
|Applied GIS||EA2130||10 credits|
|Sedimentary Processes, Petrology and Stratigraphy||EA2135||20 credits|
|Geological Mapping Project||EA3104||30 credits|
|Geology Fieldcourse||EA3128||10 credits|
|Dynamic Earth||EA3135||10 credits|