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


% applicants receiving offers


  • Geology
Student score
86% MED
% employed or in further study
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£20k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Minimum entry requirement: ABB required in one sitting, to include two from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Geography, Geology. GCSE Mathematics at Grade A or 7; if you achieved a Grade B or 6, please contact the admissions office.

Scottish Highers

Minimum entry requirement: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6, to include two of Biology*, Chemistry*, Geography, Geology, Mathematics* and Physics* (*include at least one). National 5 Mathematics at Grade A; if you achieved a Grade B, please contact the admissions office.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate

Award of Diploma with 37 points overall and grades 555 at HL - 32 points overall and grades 555 at HL to include two of Biology*, Chemistry*, Mathematics*, Physics*, Geology or Geography (*include at least one). Diploma must include Mathematics SL 5, if not held at HL.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 114-144 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

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

In Geology you will study our planet's evolution, understanding how it first formed, how it has changed over billions of years, and predicting what it will be like in the future. You will develop and apply key scientific and transferable skills to answer fundamental questions in earth science such as: Why is our planet able to sustain life? How does the Earth's interior work, and how do processes affect the surface? How can we sustainably manage earth resources? Can we predict and mitigate the effects of global climate change? Can natural hazards such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions be predicted? You will develop key geological skills and cover core topics in modern geology. A strong emphasis is placed on fieldwork, with residential trips, which have in recent years included the Lake District, various localities in north-west Scotland, Spain and Cyprus; as well as numerous one-day trips throughout. You will also develop a range of transferable skills, including report writing, oral presentations, data analysis and interpretation, critical thinking, group working and, as the programme progresses, the ability to work independently and manage project work. Earth Sciences was rated 'excellent' in the most recent Teaching Quality Assessment, and ranked 22nd in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016. The School of GeoSciences was identified in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 as having the greatest concentration of 'world leading' and 'internationally excellent' researchers in the UK.


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How you'll spend your time

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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

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 90%
Student score 86% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



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
29% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
46% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
492 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
79% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
9% 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 94% MED
Average graduate salary £20k MED
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals


Graduates who are natural and social science professionals


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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