What do you need to get in?
Main entry requirements
Mathematics.Two science subjects.
To include Mathematics and additional science subjects
To include Mathematics and one other science A-level
Seventeen points (6, 6, 5) at Higher Level including Mathematics and one other Science subject
If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.
% applicants receiving offers90%
Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.
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
Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses
Year 1: Core modules: how the earth works (20); earth materials (20); earth history and life (20); field studies (20); (modules to the value of 60 credits to be chosen from); single mathematics a (20); single mathematics b (20); earth and environment (20); mathematical methods in geosciences (20); the oceans (20). Year 2: Core modules: fieldwork (geophysical) (20); geophysical methods in geology (20): earth visualisation (20); structural geology and tectonics (20); (modules to the value of 40 credits chosen from); water and climate (20); fossils and dynamics of stratigraphy of the British isles (20); igneous and metamorphic geochemistry and petrology (20); sedimentary environments (20). Year 3: Core modules: dissertation (40); petroleum geophysics (20); earth structure and dynamics (20); (modules to the value of 40 credits chosen from); dynamic earth 1 (20); dynamic earth 2 (20); earth system and climate (20); sedimentary and petroleum systems (20); environmental geochemistry (20); magmatism (20); palaeobiology (20); rheology and deformation processes (20); environmental geochemistry (20); earth science into schools (20); modelling earth processes (20).
As one of the only collegiate-style unis in the UK, coming to Durham means that you are part of a close community from the moment you arrive. With huge participation in sport, drama, arts and societies there's something for everyone. After all, where else could you spend your first year living in a castle which was also, incidentally, used as a film set for Harry Potter
How you'll spend your time
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|Lectures / seminars||36%||34%||21%|
- Lectures / seminars
- Independent study
How you'll be assessed
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
- Written exams
- Practical exams
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What do students think about this subject here?
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Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.
UK / Non-UK
Male / Female
Full-time / Part-time
Typical Ucas points
2:1 or above
Most popular subjects students studied before attending
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What are graduates doing after six months?
Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?