Earth Sciences [MEarthSci] Year 2

You will continue to develop your earth science skills and begin to decide on your subject preferences and specialisms. You will also choose a 'pathway' of either geology, geochemistry, environmental and resource geology or geology with planetary science. This year you will take courses in sedimentology, structural geology and global tectonics and geophysical techniques as well as a subject related to your pathway.

Field courses to: South of FranceNorth West Scotland, and Pembrokeshire

Year 2 Aims

In Year 2 we aim to build on the broad introduction to Earth Sciences provided in Year 1 to supply on overall balanced coverage of the subject to intermediate level which will allow for specialisation at a more advanced level in Years 3 and 4. We aim to teach you to cope with a demanding work schedule and to be aware of the level of expectation and planning required for success in final assessments.

Year 2 Learning Outcomes

At successful completion of Year 2 you will:

  • understand controls governing the nature, origin and distribution of sedimentary rocks.
  • understand global tectonic processes and the controls they exert on the evolution of sedimentary basins and the development of mountain belts.
  • be able to undertake geophysical surveys and process and interpret data.
  • have learned the techniques necessary to describe, interpret and make a geological map and to create a systematic record of other field data.
  • be able to demonstrate enhanced IT skills, for example in using a bibliographic database for efficient retrieval of information.
  • have produced a professional quality report analysing and interpreting a range of geological data.
  • have enhanced key skills through such activities as CV compilation, mock interviews, small group discussions, abstracting and making oral presentations.
  • be proficient in the use of the petrological microscope for the description, classification and interpretation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and ore minerals.
  • be able to describe and analyse the geometry of deformed rocks.
  • be familiar with the uses of the major fossil groups in palaeoecology and stratigraphy.
  • be able to integrate a range of geoscience data to demonstrate understanding of the geological evolution of the British Isles.

For the component modules, see the relevant BSc course.

Geochemistry, Geology and Environmental & Resource Geology 2nd year pages.

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