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Fieldwork opportunities

In light of the restrictions arising from the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are constantly monitoring our fieldclass programme in line with changing limitations. We are committed to allowing our students to engage in a full fieldwork series despite this challenging situation. As a result, the 2020 Easter fieldclasses have been postponed and will run in either September 2020 or Easter 2021.

Read more about Birkbeck's response to COVID-19.


We satisfy the Geological Society's requirement of a minimum of 60 days' fieldwork for our BSc programme.
At postgraduate and MPhil/PhD level, you'll be able to conduct independent fieldwork with our support.

Field classes for undergraduate students

Our annual field classes are designed to complement lectures and lab-based practical classes. You'll also develop the skills you need to pursue independent research. Our field classes are also important social occasions, where students have a chance to get to know each other and their tutors. (Many a topical geological debate has been discussed into the small hours in some very remote locations around the globe!)

There are four extended (10-12 day) field classes, usually held in the March/April vacation. Each counts as a half module in Assessed Field Techniques.
These classes are compulsory for BSc Geology and BSc Environmental Geology students and optional for BSc Earth Sciences and BSc Planetary Science with Astronomy students.

First year field classes - Assessed Field Techniques 1

  • When: 10-14 day field course around Easter.
  • Venue: this alternates between Pembrokeshire in south Wales and the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
  • Objectives: to give students experience of techniques involved in geological fieldwork.
  • Further information [PDF opens in browser]

Second-year field class - Assessed Field Techniques 2

  • When: 10 day field course around Easter.
  • Venue: this alternates between Greece and Scourie in Scotland.
  • Objectives: to teach essential field skills with the emphasis on training in geological mapping, so students can start independent field mapping at the end of the second year.
  • Further information [PDF]

Third and fourth year field classes - Assessed Field Techniques 3 and Assessed Field Techniques 4

  • When: 10 day field course around Easter.
  • Venue: this alternates between Morocco and the Canary Islands.
  • Objectives: to teach advanced field skills.
  • Further information [PDF]


Additional fieldwork opportunities

BSc projects, map and thesis

Weekend and day field classes/independent research

  • Weekend or day field classes are associated with some modules. Attendance at these is not compulsory. Information about these field classes will be distributed as soon as it is available via the class tutor.

Fieldwork in Greece