Earth Sciences [MEarthSci] Year 3

The aim of this year is to build upon the broad foundation of Year 2. We take your understanding of the core aspects of earth sciences to a much more advanced level. Core units will depend on your pathway, but at the same time the course will allow you to choose various options.

We will also help you develop your critical faculties and improve your presentation skills in order to enhance your opportunities in employment or further study.

Field courses, depending on pathway, to: Northern SpainTenerife or the Ries Crater, Germany

Year 3 Aims

The aims of Year 3 are firstly to build on the broad foundation of Year 2 content to reach an advanced level of understanding in the core part of Earth Sciences appropriate to your particular degree programme, while allowing some specialisation in applied and non-core areas of the subject. Secondly, we aim to help you develop critical faculties and to improve your presentation skills with a view to enhancing opportunities for employment or further study in a variety of fields.

Year 3 Learning Outcomes

At successful completion of Year 3 you will:

  • have demonstrated an advanced level of understanding of Earth Science topics within specialist areas of your choice.
  • have completed a detailed geological map and report based on a 5 week independent fieldwork, demonstrating qualities of organisation and self-reliance as well as subject specific skills.
  • be able to integrate different types of geological data to produce a geological history of an area.
  • have undertaken a literature review of a topical issue in Earth Science and presented a talk and poster demonstrating critical judgement and presentational skills.
  • have demonstrated the skills and knowledge necessary to enable graduates to be recognised as professionally competent according to the accreditation scheme operated by the Geological Society of London, and by employers.
  • understand petrographical, geochemical, modelling and seismo-stratigraphic methods for analysing sedimentary successions and basin evolution.
  • understand the physical, chemical and petrological processes involved in the formation and evolution of the Earth’s lithosphere.

For the component course units, see the relevant BSc course.

Note: The courses offered are regularly reviewed and updated, so may change.

You must do all of the mandatory course units.

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