Geology with Planetary Science [MEarthSci] Year 4

You will work and study alongside MSc, PhD students and our research scientists. The research skills and independence you develop during this year are highly valued by employers.   This degree allows you to work as a professional geoscientist and is particularly well suited to train you to undertake postgraduate research in planetary or geoscience.  Because it includes the independent mapping project this degree is accredited by the Geological Society of London. 

Year 4 Aims

In year 4 you will have the opportunity of interacting with research scientists of the school, firstly through your own project work, where you will be able to spend some time in the research laboratories, and secondly through attending and reviewing research seminars. We also aim to give you the opportunity of choosing course units to study at postgraduate level, often learning alongside MSc and PhD students.

Year 4 Learning Outcomes

At the end of Year 4 you will:

  • have designed, undertaken and presented (as report, talk and poster) a project demonstrating their ability to work independently in a research environment, to formulate and test hypotheses within Earth Sciences and to communicate results to peers.
  • have demonstrated the skills and knowledge necessary to be recognised as professionally competent by a wide range of employers and by the European Federation of Geologists.
  • have demonstrated an advanced level of understanding and critical evaluation in courses where content is informed by the latest developments in research.
  • have broadened their knowledge from the Third Year, having attained an advanced level of understanding over a wide spectrum of the Earth Sciences.

You must do all the course units but you will have some optional units within EART41000 (see module details)

Level 4 course units


Description Semester Requirement Credit Rating Level
EART40011 - Fourth Year Field Course 1 Mandatory 10 4
EART40031 - Communicating Earth Sciences 1 Mandatory 5 4
EART40000 - Independent project 1 and 2 Mandatory 60 4
EART41000 - Topics in Earth Sciences 1 and 2 Mandatory 45 4
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