Imperial College London geology

Imperial College London geology

BSc Geology

Earth Sciences studentsUCAS code: F600
ECTS: 195 credits
Start date: October 2017
Duration: 3 years full-time
Location: South Kensington

Geology is the study of the Earth and how its interior, surface and atmosphere interact. Geologists study the world through observation and make inferences based on an understanding of fundamental scientific principles.

Geologists understand the Earth and other planets through observation, and reach conclusions on the understanding of fundamental scientific principles.

About the course


This course is designed to provide students with interdisciplinary skills in physics, maths, chemistry, engineering and the geosciences.

The integrated, modular nature of our courses enables you to achieve a solid understanding of geosciences whilst also tailoring the degree course to suit your individual interests.

You can choose from specialist areas such as: petrology, geochemistry, surface processes, volcanism, tectonics and geological mapping.

As a Geology student, you can expect a balance between theory and practice. You will gain experience with technical equipment while undertaking fieldwork in order to gather and interpret complex data and appreciate the uncertainty of some geological models.

Transfer between degrees

You may transfer between all our Geology and Geophysics courses up to the start of spring term in year 1 if you meet the original entry requirements for the degree you want to transfer to.

Transfer onto our Year Abroad courses is not normally allowed as places at our partner institutions are limited.

Transfer to the equivalent four-year MSci course is normally allowed until the end of the autumn term of the third year, subject to your academic performance and any visa conditions that may apply for overseas students.


Teaching and assessment

Field trips

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page, which gives the minimum entry requirements for a range of international qualifications.


Our minimum requirement is AAA overall, to include at at least two of the following subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Biology
  • Geography

Candidates for the Geology and Geophysics degree are recommended to have at least an AS-level in Physics.