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.
Flexibility in course levels and how you study
- We offer courses at certificate, undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD levels. All our courses are offered through part-time evening study and many students work during the day and attend classes in the evening.
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
- Projects take our academics to locations around the globe:
- Tibet and Antarctica (Professor Andy Carter)
- South Africa (Dr Philip Hopley)
- Italy (Professor Gerald Roberts)
- Namibia and Australia (Professor Charlie Bristow)
- Bolivia (Professor Karen Hudson-Edwards)
- Several of our academics are also involved in ambitious space exploration programmes:
You'll have many opportunities to pursue fieldwork
- Undergraduates usually spend 10 days a year on a residential field class at sites of geological interest in Spain, Wales, Greece, Morocco or Scotland. In recognition of this, ours is the only part-time geology degree course accredited by the Geological Society. We also offer numerous weekend- and day-trips to locations across the UK.
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.