Imperial College London geophysics

By | 19th June 2017

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Imperial College London geophysics

The Geophysics Society is here to introduce students to the geophysical world. What is geophysics, you might ask? Geophysics is a discipline that integrates maths and physics to understand the world around us. It covers all aspects of the Earth, from the inner workings of the core to earthquakes & volcanoes on the surface and all the way up to atmospheric phenomena.
We are not open just to the geophysicists and geologists; students from all subject areas are welcome to join and no special geoscience skills are required! All you need is an appreciation of the applications of physics and maths to the natural world! Throughout the year we will be holding various events, including seminars from professional geophysicists, fieldtrips to see geophysical methods in action and of course some social outings – all of which end with some drinks and good chat. We aim to build our reputation with geophysical companies and to provide you valuable advice about future careers through this.
So if you’re interested in how the world works or want to see how maths and physics can be applied to our planet, the Geophysics Society is here for you!

Imperial College London geophysics

BSc Geophysics

Earth Science and Engineering

Learn how to apply mathematical and physical laws to the study of the Earth in this professionally accredited degree.

Key information




3 years


Typical offer

Three A-level offer:AAA–A*AA

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Applications : admissions ratio

4.1 : 1

Based on 2015 application data

Professionally accredited

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  • UCAS course code: F662
  • ECTS: 195
  • Start date: October 2018
  • Department: Department of Earth Science and Engineering
  • Campus: South Kensington


The principal challenge facing the world’s growing population is how to maintain sustainable access to the natural resources – water, energy and food – that are necessary for us to enjoy a good quality of life, while protecting the environment.

The science and engineering behind understanding and solving this challenge lie at the heart of earth science, an interdisciplinary subject which encompasses physics, chemistry, mathematics and other sciences. It can be applied to the study of Earth to give us an understanding of how our planet works, from its internal core, crust and oceans, to the atmosphere and our solar system.

All our courses combine a strong traditional emphasis on observational and field skills with the numerical and analytical fundamental science required to understand Earth processes and systems quantitatively.

We also emphasise the development of transferable professional skills such as group working, problem-solving, drawing inferences from incomplete data, IT, and oral and written communication. You can expect a balance between theory and practice, including a variety of field trips in the UK and abroad.

Study programme

Our Geophysics courses are aimed at students with a particular interest in physics and maths. Geophysicists use maths, physics and computer modelling to understand how the world works.

The modular nature of the course enables you to gain a solid understanding of geosciences while tailoring your study programme to suit your interests. As the course progresses, you will be able to choose modules from specialist areas such as: surface processes, marine geophysics, volcanism, tectonics and geophysical techniques.

You will complete a range of computing modules to prepare you for using specialist electronic mapping packages. You can also diversify your studies with opportunities to study business, language and humanities modules, if you wish, through the Imperial Horizons programme.

In your final year, you complete an independent field study and research project.

Field work

Student on a field tripWe place emphasis on field work across all our courses. It is a great way to apply your knowledge to the real world and learn essential observational and practical skills.

Our field trips are designed to help you gain experience of identifying rocks and interpreting the physical (including tectonic) processes that may have been involved in their formation.

You will also have the chance to gain experience in using technical equipment.

Depending on which course you choose, you could spend over 100 days in the field as part of your course. This can range from spending a couple of days along the Dorset coast to 10 days in the Pyrenees or Cyprus. Students on Geology courses (and some students on Geology and Geophysics) spend six weeks mapping the geology of areas such as the: Greek Cycladees, French Massif Central, Pyrenees, French Alps, North West