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.
Over millions of years physical processes, structures and substances have shaped and influenced the planet we live on. This degree will guide and instruct those who are passionate about the Earth and its geology.
You’ll take part in national and international fieldwork to learn about hard and soft rock geology, before the focus shifts to applied geology. With a geological emphasis, you may also explore physical geography topics like coastal and fluvial geomorphology, weather and climate, soils, and natural hazards. Fieldwork destinations across Europe will provide an essential practical dimension to your degree. Previous locations have included Cumbria, Edinburgh, Tenerife and the Scottish Highlands. You can also tailor your degree to your interests, with the opportunity to select subject-specific and complementary modules.
You’ll gain many transferable skills over three years, which will be useful in both the public and private sectors. Careers and employability activities will help you plan your life after Edge Hill.
Sandwich year option available
Studying abroad option available
What you'll study
This is your introduction to a broad range of geological and geographical topics. There’s a strong emphasis on laboratory work, and you’ll develop skills in rock and fossil identification, and optical mineralogy.
Contemporary Geographical Skills
Module code: GEO1054
Module code: GEO1050
Module code: GEO1242
Module code: GEO1052
Module code: GEO1046
Introducing Physical Geographies
Module code: GEO1045
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.
Geological Research Methods
Module code: GEO2242
Module code: GEO2075
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Module code: GEO2244
Sediments and the Biosphere
Module code: GEO2241
Stratigraphy, Geological Maps and Structural Geology
Module code: GEO2243
Weather, Climate and Soils
Module code: GEO2077
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.
Module code: GEO3241
Module code: GEO3242
Geological Field Mapping Project
Module code: GEO3240
Two of:Expand all
Module code: GEO3073
Environmental Hydrology and Flood Management
Module code: GEO3088
Module code: GEO3071
Module code: GEO3077
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 lectures, fieldwork, practical activities, lab work, 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 transferable 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.
How you'll be assessed
Methods of assessment display your knowledge and understanding and develop and demonstrate your competence in subject-specific and key skills. All modules are assessed by either coursework only or a mixture of coursework and examination. Coursework typically includes practical portfolios, essays, project reports, field-related materials (such as maps and notebooks), individual and group oral presentations, and poster 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.
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.
|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, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
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.
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.Discover our accommodation
The 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
£77 per credit
for 360 credits
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.
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 can 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:
- Balfour Beatty
- Wardell Armstrong LLP
Wondering where you could work? Organisations like United Utilities, the Environment Agency, DEFRA and OXFAM regularly recruit graduates with a geoscience degree.
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.
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.
Track changes to this course
Change of Module - 20 April 2022
GEO3088 Environmental Hydrology and Flood Management (20 credits) replaces GEO3075 Rivers and Coasts (20 credits) as an optional module in Year 3.
Change of Modules - 21 January 2021
GEO1054 Contemporary Geographical Skills (20 credits) replaces GEO1047 Practical Skills for Geography and Environmental Science (20 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 1.