Geology with Planetary Science [MEarthSci] Year 2

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 including preparing for your independent mapping project.

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

Year 2 Aims

In Year 2 we aim to build on the broad introduction to Earth Sciences provided in Year 1 to supply on overall balanced coverage of the subject to intermediate level which will allow for specialization at a more advanced level in Years 3 and 4. 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

At successful completion of Year 2 you will:

  • be proficient in the use of the petrological microscope for the description, classification and interpretation of igneous and metamorphic rocks and ore minerals.
  • be able to identify and account for processes observed in astronomical objects such as stars, galaxies and the interstellar medium.
  • understand global tectonic processes and the controls they exert on the evolution of sedimentary basins.
  • be able to undertake geophysical surveys and process and interpret data.
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the physical processes that have operated, and presently operate, in the solar system.
  • know the variety of extraterrestrial materials and their taxonomy and be able to account for them in terms of the evolution of their parent bodies and in the broader context of solar system evolution.
  • have developed field techniques necessary to describe and interpret field exposures and make a geological map.
  • 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 analysing and interpreting a range of scientific data.
  • have enhanced key skills through such activities as c.v. compilation, mock interviews, small group discussions, abstracting and making oral presentations.
  • have a good understanding of geochemical cycles and fundamental controls on the chemistry of natural systems.
  • be able to describe and analyse the geometry of deformed rocks and to undertake field mapping in an area with some degree of structural complexity.


You must do all of the mandatory course units and one of the optional course units: Note that PHYS10191 Introduction to Astronomy and Cosmology is also mandatory (link not available for table below, but see

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