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University of Derby


UCAS Code: F600

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

Entry requirements

A level


At least a grade C at A level in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Geography, Mathematics or Physicsl (or equivalent qualification)

Access to HE Diploma


Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits with 45 at Level 3. Must include passes in compulsory L3 subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification

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


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Your offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma etc including at least a grade C in Mathematics, Geology, Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Geography and Environmental Science (or equivalent qualification). We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications. We usually consider an A Level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria / offer.

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About this course

Course option


Full-time | 2020



**Interested in the story of how our planet works and has changed over time? Want to know more about the evolution of life on Earth? Curious about hazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes? Keen to safeguard the Earth’s energy, water and mineral resources? Then this course is for you.**


- **STUDENT SATISFACTION:** 97% of our BSc (Hons) Geology students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of the course and teaching on the course (National Student Survey 2019).

- **RANKINGS:** Geology at Derby is ranked third for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2019, and ranked second for student experience according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. We're also ranked in the Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching and feedback in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

- **ADDRESS GLOBAL CHALLENGES:** Course content is aligned to global initiatives such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, our Geology courses address the following goals: affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, and climate action.

- **INCLUDED IN YOUR FEES:** Your day and residential field trips in core and prescribed modules are included in your fee. Past students have visited Tenerife, The Pyrenees, N. Wales and NW. Scotland. We also provide various equipment to support your fieldwork.

- **ACCREDITATION:** Take your first step towards becoming a Chartered Geologist by studying a course accredited by The Geological Society.

- **FIELDTRIPS:** We are proud of our field programme, it enables you to develop strong practical field skills throughout your degree through a combination of residential, overseas residential and day trips.. To gain a global perspective of geology, our students have visited the Pyrenees, Tenerife and the Pacific Northwest USA.

- **EXCELLENT TEACHING:** Our teaching team are active researchers and are among the best in the country - we're ranked second for teaching quality out of 28 other higher education providers, according to the Times and Sunday Times University Guide, 2018.

- **FACILITIES:** To support your studies, you'll use our specialist sedimentary, petrology and geotechnical laboratories, and you'll have access to thousands of rock mineral and fossil samples to help you gather a broad knowledge-base of rock formation and their role in the history of Earth.

- **PRIME LOCATION:** With the Peak District National Park right on your doorstep, you'll study next to some of the country’s most important geological sites, with its limestone, sandstone and metal-bearing mineral veins.


- Your first year provides an introduction to some of the key skills you’ll need to develop, such as your knowledge of rocks, minerals and gemstones, and the stratigraphical record. Your second and third years offer optional modules covering topics such as geological hazards, engineering geology and geomorphology, alongside specialist core modules for you to choose from and tailor your degree in line with your career aspirations.


- We use a diverse range of assessment methods, including essays, reports, field and laboratory notebooks, portfolios, posters, oral presentations, presentations on social media and exams. You may be assessed individually or as part of a group.


- As a Derby graduate, you’ll be well placed to respond to the changes in the geology profession and to enter roles in areas such as resources exploration and exploitation, engineering geology, petroleum and mining, geotechnical, environmental consultancy and monitoring, pollution control, and waste or water supply management.

- This course is available with a Foundation Year option.

- This course is available with an Industrial Placement Year.

- You can combine another subject with this course to study a Joint Honours degree.

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What students say

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Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
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Course is well organised and has run smoothly

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

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Top job areas of graduates

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Conservation and environment 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.

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