Geochemistry [BSc] Year 3

You will be able to specialise your advanced knowledge of geochemistry and discover how it can be applied in industry and research. You will complete an independent mapping project: a five-week field course where you will produce a detailed geological map and report and consider an aspect of the geochemistry of your mapping area. This course will demonstrate your self-reliance and organisational skills as well as your subject specific skills and knowledge.

Field course to: Tenerife

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, especially geochemistry. We also offer some specialisation in applied and non-core areas of the subject. Secondly, we help you to 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

By the end of your final year 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 five weeks of 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 the structure and chemistry of the rock-forming minerals and be familiar with methods for their study;
  • understand the major chemical processes involved in water-rock reactions in the Earth’s crust.


You must do all of the mandatory course units and three of the optional course units:

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

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