• Opportunities for travel and exploration.
  • Compulsory trips are free – just pay for food.
  • Learn the scientific skills you need for a career in industry or research.

Field courses

If you enjoy the great outdoors then our programmes provide you with ample opportunity to explore it. Field courses are a key component of all our undergraduate degrees and masters courses. We want you to have all the skills you need to work in the field so we give you ample opportunity to practise the science you learn in lectures.

Our field trips give our students a taster for future careers as geologists, geochemists and environmental scientists and engineers. They form an essential part of the majority of our courses, allowing integration of the skills learnt from lectures and laboratory classes.

We do not charge you for travel or accommodation on field courses - you just pay a contribution for meals.

We travel to geologically fascinating areas in the UK and abroad. From Scarborough to Spain you will learn first-hand the skills and techniques practised by professionals in their subject areas.

Fieldwork ranges from one day ‘look and see’ courses to longer expeditions investigating specific areas or learning particular techniques, and all of our Geology, Earth, Environmental Science and Petroleum Engineering courses involve compulsory field trips in the UK and abroad.

Fieldwork areas

Castleton - an ancient coral reef high in the Peak District

Devon – try out sedimentary logging and structural mapping

France - geological mapping in the foothills of the Alps

Scotland – specialist mapping skills in Glen Coe and around Onich

Pembrokeshire – explore carbonate and clastic rocks

Mallorca  – mountains and the Mediterranean

Northern Spain - study a superb transect through an orogenic mountain belt

Tenerife – unique island ecosystems and geology

Germany – stand at the centre of a meteorite impact crater

Pyrenees – explore the history of a young orogen

Independent mapping – test your ability to apply what you've learnt

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