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Royal Holloway, University of London

Digital Geosciences

UCAS Code: F640

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

A-levels must an include a Maths subject (see below) Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A-levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required. Socio-economic factors which may have impacted an applicant’s education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants. Acceptable Mathematics subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Statistics. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

Pass with at least 15 level 3 credits in Science units at Distinction and the remaining level 3 credits at Merit. Please note that the Access to Higher Education Diploma will only be acceptable if the applicant has had a considerable break from education. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.

Applicants with the Cambridge Pre-U are strongly encouraged to apply to Royal Holloway. Offers will be made on the basis of equivalent A-Level grades as follows: D3 = A, M1 or M2 = B.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

6,5,5 at Higher Level, including 5 in an acceptable Higher Level Mathematics subject, with a minimum of 32 points overall.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3 including H3 in one Mathematical subject. Acceptable Mathematics subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Statistics. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

Distinction, Distinction in a related subject plus 1 A-level grade B in a Mathematics subject. Acceptable Mathematics subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Statistics. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

Distinction plus A-level grades BB, including a Mathematics subject. Acceptable Mathematics subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Statistics. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a Science subject with substantial Mathematics content. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B

ABB including an acceptable Mathematics subject. Acceptable Mathematics subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Statistics.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

AABBB including an acceptable Mathematics subject.

Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

UCAS Tariff

128-152

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Geological oceanography

Earth scientists delve into the earliest history of our planet and look to the future to better understand threats such as natural disaster and climate change. To do so we need to harness the most sophisticated tools at our disposal.BSc Digital Geosciences at Royal Holloway, University of London is a specialist programme and one of very few of its kind, designed to focus on the increasingly digital-centric scope of geological work. Youll gain a unique skillset of computational, data acquisition and data analysis abilities that are highly sought-after in a range of industries.Join a department consistently ranked among the UKs top 10 (The Complete University Guide and The Guardian 2016), and work in world-leading labs for geochemical analysis, sedimentology and palaeontology. Youll also enjoy extensive fieldwork opportunities in the UK and overseas, and become a part of a friendly, community-focussed department with an excellent staff-to-student ratio.Youll be taught by expert academics involved with cutting-edge research, 94% of which is rated world-leading or internationally excellent by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranking us no.2 in the UK. BSc Digital Geosciences is a groundbreaking programme geared towards securing graduates a career in the Earth Sciences and a range of other sectors where these skills are heavily in demand.+ A groundbreaking degree programme focussed on the digital aspects of geological work.+ Benefit from a pioneering research culture, with 94% of Department of Earth Sciences research ranked world-leading or internationally excellent no.2 in the UK.+ Join a department consistently ranked among the UKs top 10 (The Complete University Guide and The Guardian 2016).+ Gain transferrable career skills including computer modelling, data acquisition and data analysis skills.+ Enjoy extensive fieldwork opportunities in the UK and Europe.

Modules

Global Tectonics, Introductory Sedimentology, Igneous and Metamorphic Geology 1, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Earth Structures, Introductory Palaeontology, Scientific and Geological Field Skills, Regional Geology, Applied Geophysics, Computational Earth Sciences, Project Proposal for Computational Geosciences, Structural Analysis and Remote Sensing, Advanced Concepts and Techniques in Computational Geosciences

Assessment methods

Teaching and learning is conducted primarily by means of practical classes. Lectures are used to introduce material and provide a context for private study, while tutorials supplement and reinforce knowledge and understanding. Computational and laboratory project work carried out as individuals or in teams represent valuable opportunities for students to develop in-depth knowledge of specialist areas and help bring the syllabus to life.

Assessment is through a mix of coursework and end-of-year examination in varying proportions, depending on the chosen course units. Coursework can include literature research reports, fieldwork and laboratory exercises and reports, computer-based research projects, oral presentations and independent dissertations.

In the final year you will carry out an independent computational research project and write a research report with individual guidance from your tutor. In year 2 you’ll prepare a project proposal which will help to guide you through the independent project in year 3.

The first year is foundational, and marks do not count towards your final degree. The second and final-year marks do count, with the final year marks being more heavily weighted in order to reward progress and achievement.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,600
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Royal Holloway, University of London

Department:

Earth 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.

90%
high
Geological oceanography

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

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
97%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
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

89%
Library resources
72%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
92%
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?

78%
UK students
22%
International students
63%
Male students
37%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
9%
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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
69%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Natural and social science professionals
8%
Business, research and administrative professionals
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

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

Geological oceanography

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

£19k

£19k

£27k

£27k

£28k

£28k

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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