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BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120-128

% applicants receiving offers

67%

Subjects
  • Geology
Student score
82% MED
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£21k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB-ABB

(Chemistry at grade B or Biology at grade B or Geology at grade B or Mathematics at grade B or Physics at grade B or Geography at grade B).

Scottish Highers
Not Available

AABBB

Scottish Advanced Highers
AB

AB including a Science subject

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Diploma
DD

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
D

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
DDD

International Baccalaureate
32

6,5,5 at Higher Level including 5 in a Science subject at Higher Level

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

67%

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.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

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
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

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

Course description

Our teaching is closely linked to research strengths in the department. The course emphasises the chance to develop practical skills and participate in fieldwork around the world. You will be able to choose from the large range of subjects on offer. The Department boasts excellent facilities and strong links with industry There is the opportunity to take a year's study at a foreign university.

Modules

Year 1: global tectonics; introductory sedimentology; environmental issues; igneous and metamorphic geology; physics and chemistry of the earth; earth structures; mathematics for geologists; introductory palaeontology. Year 2: stratigraphy and the history of life; regional geology; geohazards; geochemistry; field methods in geology. Year 3: advanced concepts and techniques in geology; global information systems and remote sensing; environmental geoscience report; methods of environmental investigation; advanced topics in sedimentology; aqueous geology; volcanology; mineral resources; applied geology.

Royal Holloway, University of London

Founders building

Royal Holloway has one of the most beautiful campus settings in the UK - including the historic Founder's building at the centre of student life and modern academic and social facilities all within easy reach of London. Beyond the buildings there are acres of woodland and open spaces. Over 2,600 Royal Holloway students participate in 100 clubs and societies offered by the students' union.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
49%
51%

Year 1

52%
48%

Year 2

52%
48%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
61%
31%
8%

Year 1

44%
52%
4%

Year 2

37%
59%
4%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 94%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

85%

Staff made the subject interesting

89%

Library resources are satisfactory

65%

Feedback on work has been helpful

71%

Feedback on work has been prompt

66%

Staff are good at explaining things

91%

Received sufficient advice and support

77%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

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
27% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
35% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
387 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
74% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

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?

% employed or in further study 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £21k MED
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

7%

Graduates who are draughtspersons and related architectural technicians

4%

Graduates who are public services and other associate professionals

4%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The UK is officially short of geologists of many different kinds, but we produced a few more than usual last year. We're not the only country in need of good geologists, which is why one in nine UK geology graduates left the country in 2012 to work – and the average starting salary for a UK geology graduate getting a job abroad was nearly £35,000 – rising to over £50,000 in Australia - which compares very favourably with other degrees. And with oil, gas and mining all very big business, and geologists vital to those industries, good geologists will be in demand for a while yet.
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