Earth Sciences [MEarthSci] Year 4

During this year you will have the opportunity to interact directly with a research scientist within the school, both through your own project work and also through attending research seminars.  You will also be able to choose course units to study at a postgraduate level, often learning alongside MSc and PhD students.  By the end of this year you will have undertaken a research project demonstrating your ability to work independently.  This provides an opportunity to work with state of the art equipment undertaking research which often contributes to publication in international journals.

The research skills and independence you develop during this year are highly valued by employers, whether you continue into a research career or find employment in the geoscience industry or elsewhere.

Year 4 Aims

In year 4 you will have the opportunity of interacting with research scientists of the school, firstly through your own project work, where you will be able to spend some time in the research laboratories, and secondly through attending and reviewing research seminars. We also aim to give you the opportunity of choosing course units to study at postgraduate level, often learning alongside MSc and PhD students.

Year 4 Learning Outcomes

At the end of Year 4 you will:

  • have designed, undertaken and presented (as report, talk and poster) a project demonstrating your ability to work independently in a research environment, to formulate and test hypotheses within Earth Sciences and to communicate results to peers.
  • have demonstrated the skills and knowledge necessary to be recognised as professionally competent by a wide range of employers and by the European Federation of Geologists.
  • have demonstrated an advanced level of understanding and critical evaluation in courses where content is informed by the latest developments in research.
  • have broadened your knowledge from the Third Year, having attained an advanced level of understanding over a wide spectrum of the Earth Sciences,

You must do all the course units but you will have some optional units within EART41000 (see course unit details)

Level 4 course units


Description Semester Requirement Credit Rating Level
EART40011 - Fourth Year Field Course 1 Mandatory 10 4
EART40031 - Communicating Earth Sciences 1 Mandatory 5 4
EART40000 - Independent project 1 and 2 Mandatory 60 4
EART41000 - Topics in Earth Sciences 1 and 2 Mandatory 45 4
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