University of East Anglia Geology

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University of East Anglia Geology

University of East Anglia Geology

BSc Environmental Earth Sciences

This degree gives you an understanding of the solid Earth alongside the societal consequences of its processes – including volcanoes, earthquakes and floods. You’ll explore the interaction of human society and the solid Earth using geology, geography, social science and the core sciences, with the opportunity to focus on areas that really interest you.

Our vast research expertise ensures we can provide world-class teaching on a huge range of topics and our international reputation ensures UEA graduates are highly sought after. We’re rated first in the UK for the impact of our research (REF 2014), demonstrating the crucial role we play in influencing both the scientific community and environmental policy makers.

You’ll be given a foundation in research skills, biodiversity and sustainability in your first year before specialising in your second and third years. A huge range of modules are available including Shelf Sea Dynamics and Coastal Processes, Low Carbon Energy and Geophysics.


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Environmental Earth Sciences takes an integrated approach to studying the solid Earth. By studying the BSc Environmental Earth Science, you will have the opportunity to explore the inter-relationships between the solid Earth and all aspects of its environment, including political, economic and social issues. You will use principles of geology, physical geography, chemistry, biology, maths and social science to investigate how the solid Earth affects human society and how human society impacts on the solid Earth.

Graduates in Environmental Earth Sciences from UEA are in great demand within the industry because of the reputation of our School of Environmental Sciences. The School is held in high esteem in the wider geosciences community for the high levels of laboratory, field and transferable skills that our students acquire during the course. We also pride ourselves on offering our students a flexible and adaptable degree programme, as conventional subject boundaries are dissolved in order to give you an integrated learning experience.

By studying Environmental Earth Sciences at UEA you will find out the answers to these questions and many more:

  • What happens during an earthquake?
  • What happens to the Earth during a meteorite impact?
  • What happens inside an erupting volcano?
  • How do we protect groundwater?
  • How are flash floods generated and how do we mitigate them?

Field courses and practical classes are essential in training the environmental earth science students. You will be introduced to many different geological environments and learn a variety of practical techniques using specialist equipment through the wide range of field courses available.

This pathway is also accredited by the Geological Society of London, as a first degree that offers sound training for a professional career in the geosciences and which satisfies their academic requirements of Fellowship and Chartered Geologist status.

Course Structure

The first year of this three year course ensures you have the necessary building blocks to choose effectively from the wide range of courses on offer in the second and third years. You will be given increasingly extensive choice of modules throughout the degree programme so you are able to direct your own learning.

Year 1
The first year enables you to build a strong foundation of knowledge through compulsory modules in Biodiversity, Research Skills and Sustainability & Society. This will introduce you to a range of subjects you are unlikely to have come across until now, ensuring that you will be able to choose optional modules effectively in the following years.

Year 2
As the course progresses, you will be given greater freedom to tailor your course according to your own interests, selecting subjects from a wide range of specialist modules alongside one compulsory module in Earth Science Skills.

You will also undertake a free choice module, giving you the chance to take a module from any school across the university, subject to permission from the school in question. This gives you the opportunity to enhance your scientific skills with business acumen or take a foreign language to improve your international employability.

Year 3
The focus of your third year of study is a substantial independent research project, allowing you to investigate a specialist area of your own interest in depth. You will also have the opportunity to select subjects to study from a range of optional modules- including Earthquake and Volcanic Hazards,Palaeoclimatology and Low Carbon Energy.


A variety of assessment methods are employed within this course, dependant on the module you are studying. In most modules the assessment is weighted 67% examination and 33% coursework, or 50% examination and 50% coursework. Coursework assessment methods include essays, written discussions, class tests, problem sheets, laboratory reports, field exercises, field notebooks and seminar presentations. Skills-based modules, field modules and some other units are assessed by 100% coursework.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits


ENV-4001A 20


ENV-4004Y 20


ENV-4006B 20


ENV-4005A 20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Students will be assigned to 20 credits from the following units. Assignments will be made according to previous Maths qualifications.

Name Code Credits


ENV-4014Y 20


ENV-4015Y 20


ENV-4013Y 20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Students will be assigned to 20 credits from the following units. Assignments will be made according to previous Chemistry qualifications.

Name Code Credits


ENV-4007B 20


ENV-4008B 20


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB including one Science based subject from the preferred list. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points including one HL subject from the preferred list at 5 and one other HL subject at 5
  • Scottish Advanced Highers ABB including one Science from the preferred list
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB or 2 subjects at H1 and 4 subjects at H2 including one subject from the preferred list
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 Science or Mathematics credits
  • BTEC DDM in relevant subject area
  • European Baccalaureate 75% overall with at least 70% in one Science

Entry Requirement

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

Applicants are asked to have at least one science based A-level or equivalent. Acceptable science subjects include: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Environmental Science / Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.


Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in General Science FS1

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Health FS2

International Foundation in Physical Sciences and Mathematics FS3


The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact directly to discuss this further.



The School’s annual intake is in September of each year.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.

Home/EU – The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit


Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.


We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.


How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office (Environmental Sciences)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Please click here to register your details online via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University’s International section of our website.