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Undergraduate study
 

Course overview

Studying geology is studying the Earth – the materials it’s made of, their structure and the processes acting on them. It’s a huge science that overlaps with other sciences, maths and engineering.

The BSc (Hons) Geology provides you with the knowledge and understanding of a range of applied geoscience disciplines. You develop core geological skills in sedimentology, igneous and metamorphic geology, and structural geology.

The first two years of study give a thorough grounding in the major principles of geology, together with an overview of earth system science and the fundamentals of mineralogy, stratigraphy, geological maps and surveying.

The course includes a field-based module during each year to ensure you are confident using geology field skills, surveying, geological mapping and environmental impact assessments. In the final year you have the opportunity to apply these skills within a range of professional and technical environments including the option of an international field trip and focused modules aimed at enhancing employability.

A key benefit to studying geology at Teesside University is the learning linked to our location. Fieldwork is integral to our programme – Teesside is ideally placed to explore the geological diversity of its region.

Study the North Jurassic coast running from Saltburn to Scarborough – also known as Yorkshire’s Jurassic Park where rocks from the Jurassic period are exposed along the Yorkshire coast in a series of cliffs and bays. Also within easy reach are the unique North York Moors, a manmade moorland created by Neolithic man and the Yorkshire Dales, limestone upland and unique limestone pavements.

All these locations provide opportunities to gain valuable practical experience. In the final year you have the option to take part in an overseas field trip.

You develop your technical background so that you can work in a range of careers. This degree enables you to develop as broad a skills portfolio as possible.

 

Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Earth Systems

Learn about the fundamental global systems that sustain and shape our world. You explore the main systems and processes which shape how our world works: tectonics and earth’s structure; our atmosphere and oceans circulations; climatic changes in the past and in the future; as well as the processes which continue to shape the earth’s land surface.

Global Environmental Issues

Humankind faces environmental challenges which are severe and varied. Threats as diverse as climate change, the supply of fresh water, soil fertility and plastic waste pose problems which differ in immediacy and scale. You will be introduced to the careful appraisal of information relating to these challenges, how the scale of the problem and its consequences may be measured and where the solutions might lie.

Interpreting Environments

You are introduced to key approaches to geographical enquiry, covering key concepts in spatial thinking, and quantitative and qualitative methods of enquiry. Through lectures and hands-on practical activities, the module outlines how we understand and visualise the world around us, from simple hand-drawn maps to an introduction to Geographical Information Systems.

You then explore different ways in which geographers interpret the world, through both quantitative approaches, such as questionnaires, and qualitative approaches, such as interviews and participatory research. You also gain hands on experience in these techniques, learning to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses and what each technique can tell us.

Introduction to Geotechnics and Surveying

The measurement of large items in 3D space using various techniques and equipment are practised and associated errors examined. The subject will be introduced in lectures, the topic will be explored and your skills will be developed through a series of practical sessions.


Physical Geography and Geology Field Work

Learn how we map, measure and monitor different natural processes and systems in the field. Delivered through a series of individual field days across the region, this module introduces you to different approaches and techniques for field work in both geography and geology. You will learn discipline specific skills, as well as working together with your colleagues to understand how landscapes form through the interactions between geological and surface processes.

Rocks, Minerals and Fossils

You are introduced to geology as a scientific subject studying the Earth, the materials of which it is made, the structure of those materials, and the processes acting upon them. It includes the study of organisms that have inhabited our planet and how this has all changed over time

 

Year 2 core modules

Earth Observation and GIS

Technology has fundamentally altered our ability to see and understand the world around us. In this module you will learn the fundamentals of remote sensing for environmental management, including satellite, airborne, and terrestrial sources. You will also learn to use advanced geographical information systems (GIS) to map, model, and understand spatially distributed environmental data.

Geohazards

Natural hazards affect tens of millions of people a year around the world. In this module you will explore what makes particular environmental processes into hazards, how we monitor and evaluate hazards, and how society can adapt and evolve to meet an increasing hazard threat.

Geosciences Field Course

You develop your geological mapping skills and knowledges to landscapes and geology elsewhere on this week long residential field course. In this course you will build on the geological skills and knowledge gained in your first year, undertaking geological mapping and field description of different geological formations and structures in the field.

Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks

You gain an in depth knowledge of the description, classification, modes of occurrence and theories of origin of igneous and metamorphic rocks. This draws heavily on many disciplines including the physical sciences, maths, geophysics, geochemistry and structural geology.

Rivers and Coasts

Learn how earth surface processes shape our dynamic river and coastal systems, and how different organisations work to manage these environments. In this module you’ll explore river and coastal processes from source to sea, examining how water passes through the landscape, how rivers erode, transport, and deposit sediment, and how coastlines evolve over time. You will also explore the challenges of managing diverse and dynamic environments, and how working with natural processes can help us co-exist with unruly natural systems.

Sedimentology

You gain an in depth knowledge of the description, classification, modes of occurrence and theories of origin of sedimentary rocks. This draws heavily on many disciplines including the physical sciences, maths, geophysics, geochemistry and structural geology.

 

Year 3 optional placement year

Final-year core modules

Advanced Geoinformatics

You are introduced to the concept of GIScience, expanding simple understanding of the use of Geographical Information Systems to ask questions about how and why we do geospatial analysis, and how this impacts on the results of our analyses.

Using computer-based practicals, you learn advanced skills in geospatial analysis, including the use of spatial statistics, handling complex datasets using databases, and the automation of complex analysis using different tools, for example the Python programming language. You also learn skills in geovisualisation, including cartographic design, web mapping, and the use of 3D visualisation.

Hydrology and Hydraulic Systems

This module provides you with an understanding of the properties of water at rest and in motion. You investigate problems related to storing water in bulk and to its conveyance in known quantities through pipelines, rivers and open channels. You consider the natural water cycle (hydrological cycle) and how we have interacted with it to produce the hydrosocial cycle for our own use and benefit. Rainfall is a major component of the hydrological cycle. This module gives an insight into rainfall types, losses and runoff. You also consider water and wastewater treatment. Module content is delivered through lectures supported by tutorial and laboratory sessions. The module is assessed by a technical report and exam.

Reservoir Rock and Fluid Properties

You cover the key concepts of reservoir rock and fluid properties. You also gain an in-depth understanding of reservoir fluid phase behavior and Pressure Volume Temperature (PVT) correlations.
You also explore rock typing and characterization and industry standard experimental techniques used for measuring reservoir rock and fluid properties.

Science Research Project

You complete an in-depth, independent investigation into a specialist aspect of your field of study. In your project you will bring together a range of practical and academic skills developed in previous years of study. Regardless of the nature of the project, this process acts as a capstone experience requiring analysis and critical evaluation of data as well as critical reflection on the potential risks, moral and ethical issues. This piece of work will involve a significant individual contribution on your part. You will be supported by the appointment of an academic staff member as your research supervisor. They will act as a mentor and guide you through the development and completion of your research project.

Finally, you will communicate your independent research by producing a research poster and journal article to allow you to develop essential skills which mirror professional practice when research is presented at scientific conferences and for publication.

 

and one optional module

International Fieldtrip

You apply your skills and knowledge to unfamiliar landscapes overseas. Working as part of a team you will develop and then undertake field-based research on a week-long residential field course. You will also develop professional and employability skills aligned with contemporary geographical, geological, environmental and ecological issues, as well as key skills in interpersonal interactions, project planning, time management, and research presentation.

Sustainability Project

The generic spectrum of sustainability encompasses a range of disciplines, from those based in empirical sciences through environmental economics to social science. As such, environmental scientists must be able to work in expertise teams and communicate with teams in complementary but disparate disciplines. The goal of this module is to develop professionalism and employability skills relevant to pertinent environmental challenges.

The use of team work for problem-based and self-directed learning will be central to this module. Appropriate context will be fundamental to this. Expertise in problem-solving will be gained together with key skills such as interpersonal interactions, time management, budget management and research presentation. Due cognisance will also be taken of the principles of health, safety and ethics.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

You learn through a range of teaching and learning methods including:

  • lectures

  • tutorials

  • seminars and workshops (including oral presentations and poster sessions)

  • laboratory work

  • computer laboratory-based sessions

  • group projects

  • research projects.


Each programme and module is supported by a specific virtual learning environment (VLE) site.

How you are assessed

You may be assessed through:

  • formal exams including 'unseen' exams

  • laboratory and/or fieldwork skills and reports

  • computer-based assessments

  • problem-solving exercises

  • data interpretation exercises

  • critical analysis of case studies

  • oral presentations and technical interviews

  • essays, literature surveys, evaluations and summaries

  • collaborative project work

  • preparation and display of posters

  • planning, conduct and reporting of project work


You will be provided with an assessment schedule providing details of the submission deadlines for summative assessments.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

We are committed to widening participation and encourage all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, to apply to study with us. We operate a flexible admissions policy taking into consideration individual circumstances, including personal achievements, relevant experience, personal qualities, as well as qualifications and grades.

Year 1 entry 
96-112 UCAS tariff points
You must have GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent and have studied at least one relevant subject at Level 3. Eligible subjects include:

Geography
Geology
Environmental science
Applied science
Chemistry
Biology
Physics

Typical Level 3 qualifications include:

A levels (within a minimum of grade C from one relevant subject)
BTEC Extended Diploma
Access to HE Diploma

Alternative equivalent UK and international qualifications and subjects are also considered. If you are not eligible for Year 1 entry, we also offer this course with an integrated foundation year.

Direct entry to later years
If you have previously studied a relevant subject at a higher level (e.g. HNC, HND or one or more years of a degree at another institution) we can consider you for direct entry to Year 2 or Final Year of this course. Please provide us with a complete detailed transcript of your previous studies with your application to help us determine your eligibility for advanced entry.

Applicant Days
If you receive an offer to study with us you will be invited to attend one of our Applicant Days. This is a great opportunity to learn more about studying at Teesside by exploring our campus, seeing our excellent facilities, meeting staff and students, and finding out more about your course.

The Applicant Day provides you with information, guidance and advice to help you make the right choice. Even if you have attended an Open Day we encourage you to attend the Applicant Day - we are confident you will find your visit a useful experience.

Alternative progression routes
If you are not eligible to join this course directly then we may be able to help you prepare for admission by studying appropriate pre-degree Summer University modules.
Please contact us to discuss the alternative progression routes available to you.

Non-EU international students
Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet the minimum English language requirement.

For additional information please see our entry requirements

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

Geology graduates enjoy excellent career opportunities in mineral and petroleum exploration and production, geotechnics, engineering geology and environment-related industries in the UK and overseas.

Work placement

A work placement officer and the University's careers service are available to help you with applying for a placement. Advice is also available on job hunting and networking.

By taking a work placement year you gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also gain the transferable skills required in any professional environment, including communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure and commercial awareness.

An increasing number of employers view a placement as a year-long interview and, as a result, placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process.

Potential benefits from completing a work placement year include:

  • improved job prospects
  • enhanced employment skills and improved career progression opportunities
  • a higher starting salary than your full-time counterparts
  • a better degree classification
  • a richer CV
  • a year's salary before completing your degree
  • experience of workplace culture
  • the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.

 

Information for international applicants

Qualifications

International applicants - find out what qualifications you need by selecting your country below.

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Useful information

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Full-time

Entry to 2020/21 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 with a work placement)
  • UCAS code: F600 BSc/Geol
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 96-112 tariff points

Apply online (full-time) through UCAS

 

Part-time

2020 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£4,500 (120 credits)

More details about our fees

  • Length: 6 years if entering Year 1; 4 years if entering Year 2
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Semester dates

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