Geology [BSc] Year 3

You will demonstrate an advanced understanding of earth science and geology and have the option to take more specialist units  You will complete an independent mapping project: five weeks of field mapping carried out over the summer before the start of Year 3. You will produce a detailed geological map and report, demonstrate self-reliance and organisational skills as well as subject-specific skills and knowledge.

Field course to: Northern Spain (plus local venues depending on optional units)

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 Earth Sciences, especially Geology. We also allow you 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 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 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.

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

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

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