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Geology with Geography BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: 8T16

Our geology with geography degree will show you how to get to grips with Earth sciences and geological processes. Join us on adventures across the UK and abroad to complete fieldwork. Carry out experiments in our labs on campus.

Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Start dates: September 2022
September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Geography and Geology
Department: Geography and Geology
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Earth has evolved over millions of years. This course guides you through the physical processes, structures and substances that have shaped and influenced the planet we live on, and study, today.

You’ll take part in national and international fieldwork to learn about hard and soft rock geology, before the focus shifts to applied geology including extractive geology and environmental engineering. With a geological emphasis, you may also explore physical geography topics like coastal and fluvial geomorphology, weather and climate, soils, and natural hazards.

You’ll have gained many transferable skills after three years, which will be useful in the public and private sectors. For help with life after Edge Hill, you can take part in careers and employability activities during your time with us. We’ll help you plan your next move.

Course features

  • Fieldwork

  • Sandwich Year Option Available

  • Studying Abroad Option Available

What you'll study

This is your introduction to a broad range of geological topics. There’s a strong emphasis on laboratory work, and you’ll carry out tasks like rock identification, optical mineralogy, geographic information systems (GIS), and remote sensing for exploration.

Compulsory modules:

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Contemporary Geographical Skills

Dynamic Earth

Earth History

Earth Materials

Environmental Issues

Introducing Physical Geographies

In your second year you’ll explore more specialist topics like advanced geological research methods, igneous and metamorphic petrology, and sedimentology. There’s a comprehensive fieldwork programme, and a residential field-based geological mapping project at the end of the year. You’ll also be encouraged to take on a work placement, with organisations like the British Geological Survey or engineering geology consultants.

Compulsory modules:

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Geological Research Methods

Geomorphology

Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

Sediments and the Biosphere

Stratigraphy, Geological Maps and Structural Geology

Weather, Climate and Soils

Immerse yourself in applied geology, geo-environmental engineering, and geo-environmental management, and make the most of the industry-standard equipment at your disposal. Choose additional topics from a range of specialist modules, including natural hazards and environmental change.

Compulsory modules:

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Geoenvironmental Engineering

Geoenvironmental Management

Geological Field Mapping Project

Two of:

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Environmental Change

Environmental Hydrology and Flood Management

Natural Hazards

Wetlands

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

Teaching is through fieldwork, laboratory and practical activities, lectures, tutorials, dissertation supervision and directed independent learning. We place an emphasis on strengthening the employability of our graduates through the acquisition of a range of subject-specific and career management skills, as well as the development of knowledge and understanding.

Fieldwork is one of the most beneficial and enjoyable aspects of this degree. Current fieldwork locations include Ireland, Tenerife, North West Scotland and the Western Isles. You will also visit local field sites.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

A wide range of assessment strategies are used which are consistent with the practices and requirements that graduates will need in the workplace. Modules are assessed by coursework or a mixture of coursework and examination. Exams never count for more than 60% of the total mark for modules that include an examination. Coursework assignments include laboratory reports, practical portfolios, project reports, field notebooks and oral presentations.

Who will be teaching you

A core of widely experienced geologists and physical geographers with extensive research and consultancy experience support the delivery of the programme, with additional contributions from industry-based practitioners.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points, including Geography, Geology, Environmental Science or a related subject. GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or Adult Numeracy at Level 2 or above, or equivalent, is also required.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC-BBB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

Apply part-time

Apply directly to Edge Hill University

Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

GeoSciences buildingThe Department of Geography and Geology’s modern and wide-ranging facilities combine with a friendly and supportive learning environment to ensure that your studies are a rich and rewarding experience.

The GeoSciences building features a large lecture theatre, small group teaching rooms, physical geography and environmental science laboratories, a geology laboratory, a geo-engineering laboratory, geo-information laboratories and a large social area.

Where you'll study

GeoSciences

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£9,250

a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 360 credits

International

£15,000

a year

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

You’ll end the course with plenty of subject-specific and transferable skills, and be a real asset to public and private sector organisations. Our graduates have job titles like engineering geologist, geotechnical engineer, environmental consultant and GIS technician, working for companies including:

  • WSP
  • Jacobs
  • AECOM
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Wardell Armstrong LLP

You can boost your job prospects by attending our annual Careers and Employability Week. Alumni, industry professionals and other University staff offer advice and guidance for securing work after graduation.

Another option you may want to explore is postgraduate study. This allows you to research an aspect of geology and geography that particularly interests you. After completing this degree, our graduates have also undertaken postgraduate training in engineering geology, GIS, or teaching.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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