Geology with Planetary Science BSc

F6F5 (3 Years)

Learn about the formation of the solar system and how the Earth and other planets have evolved since their formation 4.5 billion years ago.

This degree course integrates the major subjects studied in a geology degree with aspects of physics and astronomy. It includes specialist study of comparative planetology, extraterrestrial materials, the formation of the elements and the origin of the solar system. Graduates can pursue careers in geology or undertake further study to become planetary science researchers.

The course is integrated with our core geology degrees. For this reason you have the flexibility to choose to continue on the planetary science pathway or join one of our geology courses for the first 3-4 semesters of study. The course includes field courses where you can test your developing understanding - there are expeditions to  North West ScotlandPembrokeshireFrance and the Ries impact structure in southern Germany. A key difference is that this degree involves a third year research project in an area of planetary science, whereas "pure" geology degrees have an independent mapping project where you spend 6 weeks in the field during the summer between your second and third years.

You may also wish to extend your studies by choosing the four-year Geology and Planetary Science MEarthSci degree. This includes both an independent mapping project and an extended planetary science research project, alongside specialist masters-level course units.

Year 1-3

  • Your first year of study is designed to introduce you to earth and planetary sciences. We welcome newcomers to this scientific field and we support all students to develop a firm foundation during this year with weekly tutorials. We also introduce you to fieldwork and laboratory skills and develop your mathematical ability to prepare you for study in subsequent years

    Field courses to: Castleton and Devon

    Course unit details for Year 1

  • We build upon your broad introduction to geoscience. As you develop your skills as a geologist and learn more about geophysics and global tectonics we also introduce you to astronomy and the physics of the atmosphere. As you broaden your geological knowledge you will also develop transferable skills necessary for employment.

    Field courses to: South of FranceNorth West Scotland and Pembrokeshire.

    Course unit details for Year 2

  • You will reach an advanced level of understanding in Earth and planetary sciences, while undertaking specialized study in areas of your choice. You will undertake a research project in planetary science.

    Field course to: Ries impact crater, Germany

    Course unit details for Year 3

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