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About us

We’ve been teaching part-time evening geology degrees from a central London location since 1840. We currently have over 250 students, based in London and around the world, studying on our courses. These students are all ages and from all backgrounds. They may be looking to change or improve their careers, realising a long-held dream to study in this field or developing a personal interest in geology or planetary sciences.

The Department is a member of University Geoscience UK, the subject association for geoscience departments, linked with the Geological Society.

Flexibility in course levels and how you study

Our experience in delivering online/distance learning

  • Our undergraduate courses and selected postgraduate courses are offered via distance learning, complete with videos of face-to-face lectures and full lecture notes.
    Sample online course: Structural Geology, module 1.
  • Students can study from overseas, or if they can travel to London, they can also take part in lectures and practicals. It is common for students based in the UK to study through a mix of face-to-face and distance learning.

Our academics' research spans the earth and its solar system

You'll have many opportunities to pursue fieldwork

Stay up-to-date with our news

Find out what's happening in the department by following our twitter channel (@BBKEPS), checking our news feed or attending the annual Science Week where academics from the department talk about their research.

Home page image credit: the image shows orange crystals of the mineral vanadinite on a background of black haematite. Specimen seen during a visit to a mining area on a fieldclass to Morocco.

Sample some of our past Science Week lectures to see the range of subjects covered by our courses and research

Science Week 2018: Volcanoes without Borders: seismically imaging Paektu/Changbaishan Volcano – Dr James Hammond


Science Week 2016: Analysing the Moon: what can we learn from the Apollo samples – Dr Louise Alexander

Professor Crawford's Fellowship at ANU will support further research into astrobiology and space exploration.

Birkbeck's Mentoring Pathways scheme opens up opportunities for students from Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Professor Carter's career-long contribution to the field and community of thermochronometry is recognised by this award.