Environmental Geology (Graduate Certificate)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


One year part-time


One to three evenings a week, October to June

Environmental geology is a growing area of active research, because it provides insights into how the environment has evolved over geological time. Through our modular course structure and use of web-based material for distance learning, we provide up-to-date reviews of research topics across relevant aspects of the earth sciences.

Our teaching is informed by considerable research into environmental issues, which is ongoing in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Current research focuses on areas such as metal pollution, coastal erosion, mineralogy, earthquake prediction, palaeoclimatology and palaeontology.


  • Can be used as a qualifying year for MRes or MPhil/PhD study. 
  • Offered as part-time study at Birkbeck or you can study by distance learning, wherever you are in the world. 
  • The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences has strong links with University College London (UCL) Department of Earth Sciences. Together, the two departments form the UCL-Birkbeck Research School of Earth Sciences. The Research School offers excellent facilities for research in environmental geology and planetary geology, as well as traditional geological and geophysical research. 
  • In our joint submission with UCL, Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences at Birkbeck were rated sixth the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), while we achieved 100% for an environment conducive to research of the highest quality. 

Course structure

This is a two-year course and you will need to gain 60 credits. This will normally include four 15-credit modules plus a 30-credit project. Note that advanced modules are usually taught in alternate years and will not be available every year.

You can choose three modules taken from Years 3 and 4 of the BSc Environmental Geology.

Module groups