Geography and Geology [BSc]

You will study geological processes and physical geography in more detail; you will discover your passion for specific topics and begin to specialise. Our practical classes and field courses will extend your communication and technical skills so that you have the necessary experience to prepare yourself for a future career in geosciences.

Field course to: A wide choice of locations including Donegal, Morocco, Iceland and Crete, run by The School of Environment and Development

Year 2 Aims

In Year 2 we build on the broad introduction to Earth Sciences provided in Year 1 to supply an overall balanced coverage of the subject to intermediate level. We also allow some specialisation in preparation for your final year. 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

After successful completion of Year 2, you will:

  • understand the 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 make 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 which analyses and interprets a range of geological data;
  • have enhanced key skills through such activities as CV compilation, mock interviews, small group discussions, abstracting and make oral presentations.

You must do all of the mandatory course units:

You must choose three of the optional course units, normally one with an EART code and two with GEOG codes. However, you may substitute the University’s Leadership in Action module for your EART choice (Note: you must apply for a place on the 10-credit, lecture-based version of this unit. You can take it in either semester. See

When choosing your options, consider the links between this year and your final year, and also the balance between semesters (courses ending '1' are in Semester 1). Courses marked 'PG' and 'PE' will be most compatible with the rest of the Geography and Geology course.

Level 2 course units

Description Semester Requirement Credit Rating Level
EART20101 - Global Tectonics 1 Mandatory 10 2
EART20121 - Sediment transport processes and depositional environments 1 Mandatory 10 2
EART20131 - Igneous Petrology 1 Optional 10 2
EART20271 - Geophysical Techniques 1 Optional 10 2
EART20281 - Atmospheric Physics & Weather 1 Optional 10 2
GEOG20351 - Glaciers 1 Optional 20 2
GEOG20352 - Glaciers 1 Optional 20 2
GEOG20501 - Spatial Thinking with GIS: Constructing and exploring virtual worlds 1 Optional 20 2
GEOG20502 - Spatial Thinking with GIS: Constructing and exploring virtual worlds 1 Optional 20 2
GEOG21431 - Quaternary Climates and Landscapes 1 Optional 20 2
EART20112 - Palaeobiology 2 Mandatory 10 2
EART20222 - Carbonate and Evaporite Depositional Systems 2 Mandatory 10 2
GEOG20072 - Research Design and Overseas Fieldcourses 2 Mandatory 20 2
EART20092 - Global Biogeochemical Cycles 2 Optional 10 2
EART20292 - Structural Geology 2 Optional 10 2
EART20352 - Urban Geoscience and Contaminated Land Projects 2 Optional 10 2
EART20802 - Environmental Soil Science - biogeochemistry 2 Optional 10 2
GEOG20302 - Environmental Change and the Human Past 2 Optional 20 2
GEOG20381 - Remote Sensing in Action: Mapping and monitoring land cover changes 2 Optional 20 2
GEOG20382 - Remote Sensing in Action: Mapping and monitoring land cover changes 2 Optional 20 2
GEOG20401 - Rivers 2 Optional 20 2
GEOG20402 - Rivers 2 Optional 20 2
EART20070 - Year 2 Geog-Geol Professional Development and Project Preparation 1 and 2 Mandatory 10 2
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