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Royal Holloway, University of London

Geoscience with A Year of International Study

UCAS Code: F602

Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-A,B,B

ABB including a Science subject 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-economics factors which may have impacted an applicant's education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants. Acceptable Science subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Geography, Biology.

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:21

In a relevant subject with at least 24 level 3 credits in Science units at Distinction. Please note that the Access to Higher Education Diploma will only be acceptable if the applicant has had a considerable break from education.

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 can be found on the Royal Holloway website.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

We require at least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

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

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

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

Including H3 in one acceptable Science subject.

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

DD

In a relevant subject, plus one A-level grade B in an acceptable Science subject.

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

D

Plus two A-levels grades BB including one A-level in an acceptable Science subject.

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

DDD

In a Science subject. Substantial Maths content is required.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B-B,B,B

Including an acceptable Science subject.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

Including an acceptable Science 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

120-152

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

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Geology

Geoscientists are concerned with a blend of scientific disciplines – including biology, physics, chemistry and mathematics – to better understand planet Earth and the processes that continue to shape our world and all life within.

Study Geoscience with a Year of International Study at Royal Holloway, University of London and you’ll enjoy a year spent studying abroad in a partner university in Canada, the United States, Australia or New Zealand – further developing your skills and broadening your life experiences.

Here at Royal Holloway you’ll study in a department consistently ranked among the UK’s top 10 (The Complete University Guide and The Times Good University Guide 2018), and contribute to our leading research culture as you work towards your degree.

You’ll graduate with a Master of Science in a field with excellent graduate employability prospects. The research and practical skills you’ll develop along the way will make you a highly employable candidate in a variety of sectors, and leave you well placed for further postgraduate study.

Develop an in-depth understanding of the complex systems that govern our planet

Enjoy extensive fieldwork opportunities.

Contribute to our renowned research culture with your year 4 Independent Geoscience Project.

Gain practical skills geared towards a career in Earth Sciences and other related fields.

Graduate with an integrated Masters degree in Earth Sciences.

Modules

Please refer to our website for information: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/courses/2018/undergraduate/earth-sciences/geoscience-with-a-year-of-international-study.aspx

Assessment methods

Your course will be assessed by a combination of examinations and in-course assignments in the form of essays or presentations.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£20,900
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.

84%
med
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
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
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

90%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
97%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
62%
Male students
38%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
6%
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
93%
med
Employed or in further education
73%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Natural and social science professionals
12%
Other elementary services occupations
10%
Engineering professionals
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.

£26k

£26k

£31k

£31k

£37k

£37k

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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