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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 the School of Science twitter channel (@BirkbeckScience), checking our news feed or attending the annual Science Week where academics from the department talk about their research.

It is the first time that Birkbeck has appeared in the ranking, following the establishment of full-time undergraduate degree programmes

Nearly a thousand graduates will celebrate achieving a qualification

New facility is designed to enable isotopic analysis which is used to investigate past environments and the origins of the Earth.