Imperial College London geology

By | 19th June 2017

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.

Candidates for Geophysics courses must offer both Mathematics and Physics A-levels at Grade A.

All candidates admitted without an A-level in an important science subject (e.g. Chemistry) are provided with additional subject teaching in the first year. About 20% of the students we admit have a Geology A-level, but this is not a requirement.

Applicants must also show that they are proficient in mathematical skills, by attaining GCSE grade A, or an AS-level at grade B or better.


If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.

International Baccalaureate

Our minimum requirement is 38 points overall, including at least 6 in two of the following subjects at higher level:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Geography

For those wishing to apply for Geophysics courses, we require a minimum of 38 points overall, including at least 6 in Mathematics and Physics at higher level.

Other qualifications

We welcome UK applicants, those from elsewhere in the European Union and from further overseas. All students normally need to have three A-level passes or the equivalent in International or European Baccalaureates, Scottish Advanced Highers, or the Irish Leaving Certificate.

Other qualifications designed for university entrance, such as Hong Kong A-levels, may be acceptable, and students with other competencies will be considered. If you have any questions about whether specific qualifications or subject combinations are acceptable, please contact the Admissions Tutor.

English language requirements (all applicants)

All applicants must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for undergraduate applicants.

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Selection process

We place great emphasis on interview and take other qualities as well as academic ability into account.

We will normally invite you to visit the Department if your UCAS application shows you are likely to satisfy our requirements and you live within reasonable travelling distance of the College.

You will be introduced to the Department, the staff, our courses, teaching facilities and methods and life at College through meeting our current students. You will have a one-to-one interview with a member of the academic staff.

For overseas applicants, or those unable to visit, we may arrange a telephone interview and we will make offers in writing.

We will take the comments of the staff member who has met you or spoken to you by telephone into account when we make you an offer, and when we decide after A-levels whether to confirm our offer should you marginally fail to satisfy the entry requirements that we have offered you.

Tuition fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 ENTRY:

£9,250 per year

The UK government has confirmed that universities that have achieved a ‘meet expectations’ award – which includes Imperial – will, under the first year of the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), be able to raise their fees in 2017. The rise is an inflationary amount of 2.8% to a maximum of £9,250. The measure of inflation used is RPI-X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments). You should expect the fee to increase beyond 2017 for each year that your course lasts, subject to UK government regulations on fee increases.

The UK government has also confirmed that EU students starting or continuing their studies in the 2017–18 academic year will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition fees for the duration of their course. EU students will also remain eligible for the same government funding support as they are now, including the Tuition Fee Loan. This access to government funding will continue throughout your course, even if the UK exits the EU during this time.

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Islands and overseas students

2017 ENTRY:

£27,750 per year

Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation. Find out more about fee status assessments.

Home and EU students (with the exception of Graduate Medicine students) can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of their fees each year.

Home students may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help with their living costs.