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University of East Anglia UEA

Geophysics with a Year in Industry

UCAS Code: F660
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Geology
Student score
Not Available
% employed or in further study
93% LOW
Average graduate salary
£20k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Including Mathematics. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element. Critical Thinking and General Studies are not accepted.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers.

Scottish Advanced Highers

Including Mathematics. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

In relevant subject, please see UEA website for further details. Only accepted alongside Mathematics A-level grade B. Excluding Public Services. BTEC and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.

International Baccalaureate

Including Higher Level 5 in Mathematics and Higher Level 5 in one other subject. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 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


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


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

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Course description

Understand why and how natural phenomena occur. Learn to apply the powerful techniques of mathematics and physics to understand events such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and extreme weather. Approximately one third of your degree will be spent studying mathematical techniques and gaining the skills necessary to analyse the physical environment. Field work will form an important part of your training and may include seismic and gravity investigations, magnetic and electrical measurements, or ground-penetrating radar surveys. Our degree is more comprehensive than traditional geophysics degrees, providing geological, atmospheric and marine pathways or any combination of your choosing. After refining your skills, and choosing the right path for you, you will complete an independent research project, supervised by a member of the faculty active in geophysical research. Improve your graduate prospects with an additional year in industry. You will spend your third year acquiring valuable work experience in your chosen field before returning to UEA for your final year. You will put what you have learned into practice, transforming theory into reality. You will also gain first-hand knowledge of your chosen field and generate crucial employer contacts to prepare you for a competitive job market. When securing your placement, you will benefit from our well-established commercial connections throughout the UK and beyond. In recent years our students have worked for small, mid-size and multinational enterprises in a diverse range of fields, including environmental consultancies, weather forecasting services, and governmental (local and national) and non-governmental organisations, including volcano observatories, geological surveys and conservation groups.


Our degree covers a wide range of topics from earthquakes, volcanos and water resources. In Year 1, you will be introduced to a range of compulsory topics which will provide the foundation to your studies. Examples of these modules include Understanding the Dynamic Planet, Global Environmental Challenges and Research and Field Skills. As your studies progress, you will have the opportunity to take optional modules, for example such as Geodynamics: Earth’s Engine, Ocean Circulation, Climate Systems and Earthquake and Volcanic Hazards. Your third year will be spent on a year-long work placement. Our students have undertaken environmental roles within Local and National Government, Research Institutes and in Conservation groups and NGOs. Final year module examples include, Global Environmental Change, Climate Systems and Fossil Fuels.

University of East Anglia UEA

On campus

With a wonderfully diverse range of courses and superb extra-curricular clubs and societies run by one of the most dynamic student unions in the country, UEA is a great place to both live and learn. Located in the beautiful city of Norwich it becomes no wonder UEA is consistently one of the best universities for student satisfaction.

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

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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
7% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
46% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
383 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
78% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% 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 93% LOW
Average graduate salary £20k MED
Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians


Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals


Graduates who are customer service occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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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