Course Information

Our combination of lectures, practicals, field teaching, and tutorials provide an unrivalled education in the Earth Sciences. The course modules are listed below, and will be supplemented with further information in due course. For more in-depth explanations, download the Undergraduate Handbook at the bottom of the page.

First Year

  • Planet Earth
  • Fundamentals of Geology I
    • Crystals and Minerals
    • Minerals and Rocks
  • Fundamentals of Geology II
    • Geological Maps
    • Invertebrate Palaeobiology
  • Physics, Chemistry and Biology
  • Mathematics

Second Year

  • Fundamentals of Geology
    • Sedimentary Petrology
    • Structural Geology (with geological maps as practicals)
    • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
    • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
    • Geological Map
    • Geophysical Methods in Geology
  • Topics in Earth Sciences
    • Volcanoes and the Environment
    • Fundamentals of Geophysics
    • High Temperature Geochemistry and Earth Structure
    • Quantitative Reasoning in the Earth Sciences
    • Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry
    • Stable Isotope Geochemistry
    • Decoding the Fossil Record
    • Remote Sensing and Active Tectonics

Third Year

  • Geoscience Applications
  • Climate System – Oceans & Atmosphere
  • Solid Earth – Earthquakes, Volcanoes
  • Geological Processes
  • Palaeobiology – Ecosystems & Evolution
  • Computational Earth

Fourth Year

  • Environmental, Rock & Palaeo-magnetism
  • Planetary Chemistry
  • Structure & Dynamics of the Earth’s Mantle
  • Records of Major Environmental Change in Earth History
  • Topics in Volcanology
  • Anatomy of a Mountain Belt
  • Palaeobiology
  • Topics in Oceanography

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Undergraduate Handbook 2016/17