Geology (Graduate Certificate)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


One to two years part-time


One to three evenings a week and/or distance learning, October to June

Geology is an area of active research across a wide range of sub-disciplines. Through our modular course structure and use of web-based material for distance learning, we aim to provide up-to-date reviews of research topics across most aspects of the earth and planetary sciences.

Topics include: Earth system science; major geoscience paradigms; temporal and spatial scales; Earth structure, materials and processes; terminology, nomenclature and classification, and practical knowledge; awareness of and informed concern for Earth science issues.


  • Can be used as a qualifying year for MRes or PhD study.
  • Offered as part-time study at Birkbeck or you can study by distance learning, wherever you are in the world (find out more about studying our distance learning courses).
  • An opportunity to take part in field classes to put your skills into practice.
  • The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is housed with the University College London (UCL) Department of Earth Sciences. Together, the two departments form the UCL-Birkbeck Centre for Planetary 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.
  • Find out more about our research facilities

Course structure

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

You can choose three 15-credit modules taken from Years 3 and 4 of the BSc Geology degree.

Module groups