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Main entry requirements
The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence. GCSEs required at grade A*-C (or equivalent) in mathematics.
If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.
% applicants receiving offers75%
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Tuition fee & financial support£9,250
Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.
If you live in:
- Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
- Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
- Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Accredited by the Geological Society as a recognised professional qualification, this course provides an introduction to a range of disciplines, from geophysics to palaeontology, and from volcanology to sedimentology. You will be taught by internationally distinguished researchers who are experts in their field. As well as attending this course at Birkbeck in central London, you can also study by distance learning via our online learning environment, so you can access course materials and recordings of lectures wherever you are in the world - and whenever it suits you. We are one of the few departments that meets the Geological Society's recommendation of a minimum 64 days' fieldwork in a BSc programme. This is a commitment that many full-time courses do not match and at present we are only one of a few geology programmes that does. Each year you attend a major residential field course of 10-14 days. You also attend weekend field classes and have to undertake a substantial amount of field research on your own. Field courses are designed to complement the lecture programme and lab-based practical classes. In the field, you have the opportunity to cement your theoretical understanding of topics in geology with practical experience. At the same time you develop the skills you need to pursue independent research. We regularly update our field itineraries to keep up with changes in our curriculum. Currently, we take students to the Isle of Skye (Year 1), North-West Scotland or Greece (Year 2) and Morocco and the Canary Islands (Year 3).
You take compulsory modules in each year and choose from either a map and thesis or a project in Year 3, providing scope for you to pursue your particular academic interests while being supervised by specialists in your chosen field. If you choose the map and thesis you also take five option modules; if you choose the project you take seven option modules. Year 1: Assessed Field Techniques 1; Earth History; Foundations of Mineralogy; Introduction to Geochemistry; Introduction to Geology; Invertebrate Palaeontology. Year 2: Assessed Field Techniques 2; Geophysics; Igneous Petrology; Metamorphic Petrology; Principles of Sedimentology; Principles of Sedimentology; Scientific Computing and Data Modelling; Structural Geology I. Year 3: Assessed Field Techniques 3; Assessed Field Techniques 4; Map and Thesis; Project BSc Geology. Option modules: Advanced Palaeontology; Chemistry and Pollution of Water, Soil and Air; Earth's Resources and Raw Materials; Exploration Geophysics; Geological Hazards; Global Tectonics; Magmatic Processes; Palaeoecology; Petroleum Geology; Scientific Computing and Data Modelling; Structural Geology II; Tectonic Geomorphology; Volcanism in the Solar System.
Birkbeck is a world-class university headquartered in the heart of Bloomsbury in central London. It is a vibrant centre of academic excellence and London's only specialist evening degree provider with students aged 18 to 100. We are a College of the University of London and champion part-time and evening teaching and research in higher education.
We list 41 full-time, evening taught Birkbeck courses, but you can choose from more than 80 part-time evening degrees - visit Birkbeck website for full details.
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