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Cardiff University

Geology

UCAS Code: F601

Master of Earth Sciences - MESci

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Including two sciences from chemistry, physics, biology, geography, geology, maths, applied science, environmental studies, archaeology, computing, ICT and sports science. For applicants taking Science A-Levels with an English exam board a pass in the separate practical element will be required. Offer excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.

The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the A Level grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Including two sciences at HL from chemistry, physics, biology, geography, geology, maths, applied science, environmental studies, archaeology, computing, ICT and sports science.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DDM

To include one of the applied science subjects.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B

Including two sciences from chemistry, physics, biology, geography, geology, maths, applied science, environmental studies, archaeology, computing, ICT and sports science. Offer excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.

UCAS Tariff

128-152

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

75%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Geology

The MESci builds upon the equivalent BSc course by means of a fourth year which enables you to undertake a specialist research project in the area of your choice. It is designed for highly qualified candidates who might aim to pursue a research career in academia, government or industry.Geologists and Earth scientists are much sought after in many professions because of their global view of natural processes.Our degree in Geology gives you a broad view of the physical, geochemical and biological processes that formed planet Earth, its oceans, atmosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. You will learn how to observe this history within rock outcrops and interpret the processes controlling Earths structure and environments.A key component of this course is fieldwork. You will travel to a number of classic localities both in the UK and abroad. On these excursions you will learn how to record observations, to analyse and interpret a wide range of rocks and structures in the field, and be trained in making a geological map.Our field courses are specifically designed to focus on key themes, such as the origins of oceanic crust, the development of sedimentary basins and their oil and gas potential, and the growth and collapse of mountain belts.In year one the main location visited is currently Pembrokeshire while in year two students usually visit Arran, southwest England and northern Spain. In year three you will usually visit Cyprus, where all that you have learned previously can be synthesised into a picture that truly shows the nature of our dynamic earth.For students interested in professional research careers in Geology, the four-year MESci provides a strong basis for investigation and research in this subject.Distinctive featuresIn this broad-based, accredited degree you will learn how to read the rocks, assess the processes involved in their formation, reconstruct past environments and interpret how life evolved.A key component of this course is that you will undertake fieldwork in all three years, enabling you to learn how to record observations, analyse and interpret rocks and structures in the field and make a geological map.You will be taught by highly qualified Earth scientists from a wide variety of disciplines, involved in national and international research programmes.In year four you will complete a master's research dissertation which can widen your career opportunities.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£10,500
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£19,950
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

Cardiff University has many scholarships on offer to our prospective students. Please see our website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/funding/scholarships for further information.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Cardiff

Department:

School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
low
Geology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Earth sciences

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
59%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
67%
Male students
33%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Earth sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
79%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Natural and social science professionals
8%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The market for geologists is has been quite linked to the oil industry for some time now, and the drop in the price of oil has meant the industry has stopped recruiting as many people for the time being. Geologists are still in demand, though, so the main effect has been to reduce the opportunities - and salaries - for geologists working abroad. At home, the oil industry remains a big employer, and so are the mining, civil engineering, construction and consultancy industries, with geology graduates working as geologists, geophysicists, civil engineers and environmental professionals.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Geology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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