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University of Plymouth

Applied Geology

UCAS Code: F610

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Applied geology

Do you have a passion for the Earth’s materials and processes, and the ambition to find and manage our planet’s precious resources in the future? Study applied geology in one of the most geologically interesting areas of the UK. Learn the theory, get practical with a range of opportunities for fieldwork and develop a deep understanding of geological processes. With expert guidance and industry experience from our teaching team, you’ll be primed for success in the geosciences industries.

You will take part in the substantial fieldwork offered in a variety of UK and overseas locations. You'll become an experienced field-worker, able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom to existing Earth science problems. You will work towards becoming a Chartered Geologist, our accreditation by the Geological Society of London helps you to gain the required experience.

* Develop your knowledge and skills on a course designed around the needs of the geosciences industries, and draw on the extensive industrial consultancy experience of our staff.

* Deepen your understanding with training in the safe conduct of Earth science fieldwork.

* Develop your confidence with a personal tutor, providing you with weekly guidance throughout your first year.

* Progress your skills in our open access laboratory, LABplus.

* Take part in the substantial fieldwork offered in a variety of UK and overseas locations. You'll become an experienced field-worker, able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom to existing Earth science problems.

* Benefit from essential field equipment and e-books, free as part of your welcome package.

* Hone your abilities through the close links University staff maintain with the Earth science sector. Our involvement in these areas ensures your experience at Plymouth will be focused towards the current needs of industry and society while giving you access to the latest industry-standard geological software.

* Work towards becoming a Chartered Geologist, our accreditation by the Geological Society of London helps you to gain the required experience.

* Take the opportunity to spend your second year studying abroad in Canada, Australia, USA or elsewhere through our direct exchange, Erasmus or ISEP programmes. Plymouth is currently the only UK institution to offer exchanges through ISEP, giving our students the greatest range of Earth science exchange opportunities available.

Modules

Laying the foundations of geological knowledge, your first year provides you with an introduction to laboratory and field skills. You'll learn about key Earth processes including plate tectonics and natural hazards and take a practical approach to the study of minerals, rocks, fossils and geological structures. You'll develop effective study techniques and computing skills, and undertake safe fieldwork, including residential classes across the South West. Develop your confidence with a personal tutor, providing you with weekly guidance throughout your first year.

Year 2 consolidates the knowledge and skills developed so far, with an emphasis on the practical side of geology. You'll develop observational, analytical and interpretive skills and the ability to apply these skills to real-life geological problems within geological professions. You'll also learn to make geological maps and explore the nature and distribution of geological resources and geohazards through fieldwork in both the UK and overseas. You can also take the opportunity to spend your second year studying abroad in Canada, Australia, USA or elsewhere through our direct exchange, Erasmus or ISEP programmes.

Take advantage of our optional placement year, giving you the opportunity to develop your geological skills in the workplace and gain valuable experience. Find your perfect placement with the help of our employability service and benefit from specialist workshops and tutorials in your second year, helping you prepare for your year in industry.

Your final year gives you the opportunity to develop specialised applied geosciences knowledge and skills through optional modules from a specialist degree route. You may also take part in advanced fieldwork and you’ll complete an independent field-based mapping and research project, which will develop your professional skills and allow you to draw on the research and consultancy expertise of our staff. Our optional field courses visit exciting locations such as Sicily and Cyprus.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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84%
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Applied geology

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Earth sciences

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
96%
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

92%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
73%
Male students
27%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

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Employed or in further education
99%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Natural and social science professionals
12%
Engineering professionals
7%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
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