Geology (BSc): 3-year, full-time

Year of entry

2017

Start date

October 2017

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

UCAS Code

F600

Duration

Three years full-time

Attendance

Three evenings a week, October to July

Other entry years for this course

2018

This course provides an introduction to a range of disciplines, from geophysics to palaeontology, and from volcanology to sedimentology. You will be taught by internationally distinguished researchers who are experts in their field. As well as attending this course in central London, you can also study by distance learning via our online learning environment wherever you are in the world - and whenever it suits you.

We are one of the few departments that meets the Geological Society's recommendation of a minimum 64 days' fieldwork in a BSc programme. This is a commitment that many full-time courses do not match and at present we are only one of a few geology programmes that does.

Each year you attend a major residential field course of 10-14 days. You also attend weekend field classes and have to undertake a substantial amount of field research on your own.

Field courses are designed to complement the lecture programme and lab-based practical classes. In the field, you have the opportunity to cement your theoretical understanding with practical experience, and develop independent research skills. Currently, we take students to the Isle of Skye (Year 1), North-West Scotland or Greece (Year 2) and Morocco and the Canary Islands (Year 3).

This course is also available for part-time evening study over four years or part-time evening study over six years.

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Highlights

  • Our Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences has been offering evening study courses for over 70 years.
  • Studying with us will give you access to world-class research facilities.
  • We retain close links with UCL's Department of Earth Sciences, sharing expertise, facilities and events across the two institutions, including live streaming of lectures and digital lecture notes. In our joint submission with UCL, Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences at Birkbeck were rated sixth in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • We are part of the joint UCL-Birkbeck Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences (IEPS).
  • We offer residential field trips to sites in Greece, Morocco, Scotland, Spain and Wales.
  • Accredited by the Geological Society as a recognised professional qualificOKation.
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  • Entry Requirements We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.

    Entry requirements

    We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

    UCAS tariff points

    120

    The UCAS tariff system has changed for courses starting in September 2017 and is now calculated using a new number system. This means applicants applying for courses from October 2016 will see entry requirements and offers expressed using the new tariff.

    The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.

    GCSEs required at grade A*-C (or equivalent) in mathematics.

    Alternative entry routes

    Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in a science-based subject.

    Students who successfully complete Birkbeck's Certificate of Higher Education in Earth History and Palaeontology, Forensic Geology, Geology, Mineralogy and Volcanology or Planetary Geology will be considered for a place on the BA, with the possibility of exemption from the first-year modules.

    International entry requirements

    If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

    If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

    Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

    Credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

    If you have studied at university previously, you may have accumulated credits through the modules you studied. It may be possible to transfer these credits from your previous study to Birkbeck or another institution. You should discuss this with the Programme Director when you are making your application.

    Find out more about credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL).

  • Fees We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.

    Fees

    Full-time home/EU students: £ 9250 pa
    Full-time overseas students: £ 13000 pa

    Additional costs

    As well as fees, you should expect to pay other study-related expenses, for travel to and from College, books, stationery, etc. Birkbeck provides advice and financial support for students who experience hardship in meeting the travel costs of essential fieldwork or study visits.

    On this programme, you will also have to pay for the following additional costs.

    The four field trips are a compulsory element of this programme, as follows:

    • The field trip to the Isle of Skye, Scotland, includes costs for 11 nights’ accommodation (approximately £517, including evening meals), return flights to Inverness (from £100) and a minibus deposit (£120).
    • The field trip to Scourie, Scotland, includes costs that usually total around £700.
    • The field trip to Greece includes costs for return flights (approximately £300), hotel (approximately £470) and vehicle hire (approximately £100).
    • The field trip to Morocco includes costs that usually total around £700 for flights and accommodation.
    • In addition, students will need to equip themselves with field-note books and stationery, compass and hammer, and GPS equipment (both optional), hand lens, walking boots and all-weather clothing for Skye and Scourie.
  • Teaching and assessment Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.

    Teaching

    At Birkbeck, almost all of our courses are taught in the evening and our teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments. We actively encourage innovative and engaging ways of teaching, to ensure our students have the best learning experience. In the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s system for rating university teaching, Birkbeck was allocated a Silver award.

    Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading.

    Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

    In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your Personal Tutor.

    Methods of teaching on this course

    Through lectures and practical classes in the evenings, supported by lecture notes and videos on our online learning environment. The Department has pioneered the use of video lectures and 'videocasts', which are made available to all students.

    Find out more about our study support and student facilities.

    Timetables

    Timetables are usually available from September onwards and you can access your personalised timetable via your My Birkbeck Profile online (if you have been invited to enrol).

    Indicative class size

    Class sizes vary, depending on your course, the module you are undertaking, and the method of teaching. For example, lectures are presented to large groups, with 30 to 100+ students in attendance, whereas seminars usually consist of small, interactive groups of 10 to 30 students, led by an academic.

    Academic support

    Birkbeck offers study and learning support to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them succeed. Our Learning Development Service can help you in the following areas:

    • academic skills (including planning your workload, research, writing, exam preparation and writing a dissertation)
    • written English (including structure, punctuation and grammar)
    • numerical skills (basic mathematics and statistics).

    Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can support you if you have additional learning needs resulting from a disability or from dyslexia.

    Our Counselling Service can support you if you are struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties during your studies.

    Our Mental Health Advisory Service can support you if you are experiencing short– or long-term mental health difficulties during your studies.

    Assessment

    Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations. You will be given time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

    Unseen written examinations are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June, and, in most cases, are held during the day on a weekday – if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance. Exam timetables are published online in March each year.

    Find out more about assessment at Birkbeck, including guidance on assessment, feedback and our assessment offences policy.

    Methods of assessment on this course

    A combination of reports on field-based projects, laboratory work and written examinations. Some modules include continuous assessment through written work.

    Feedback

    As well as a mark for your coursework and exams, you will also receive feedback from your marker(s) to help you learn, improve and succeed. We encourage you to discuss feedback with your module tutor.

    Feedback can come in different forms: notes via Moodle (our online learning environment); a paper copy of a completed feedback form; or in-class or face-to-face feedback. The College Policy on Feedback on Assessment sets out what you can expect from your feedback.

    Your department will usually provide you with your marked coursework within four weeks of submission. Your initial mark is provisional until the relevant Board of Examiners has confirmed it.

    Your official coursework and exam results will be made available to you via your My Birkbeck Profile online.

  • Careers and employability To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.

    Careers and employability

    Graduates can pursue careers in the oil, mineral and groundwater industries, academia or geology. This degree may also be useful in becoming an engineering geologist, geochemist, higher education lecturer, geophysicist or hydrogeologist.

    Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

    We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

    Graduate Destinations

    Read more of the statistics for this course on the Unistats website.

  • How to apply Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.

    How to apply

    To apply for a full-time undergraduate programme at Birkbeck, you have to apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Please note that applications for these programmes will close on Friday 13th October 2017.

    UCAS Code

    F600

    Application deadlines and interviews

    15 January is the first UCAS deadline and the majority of university applications through UCAS are made by then. We welcome applications outside of the UCAS deadlines, so you can still apply through UCAS after 15 January, depending on the availability of places. We also take late applications via the UCAS Clearing system in August.

    Read more about key dates for UCAS applicants.

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