Leanne Cooney

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Name: Leanne CooneyLeanne Cooney - Geology

Undergraduate degree:

BSc (Hons) Geology




Tell us about the course you’re studying and how it fits with your career aspirations?

Geology is a very hands on course, with a big influence on fieldwork. It is amazing to see the theories you study within a classroom in reality, it really helps your understanding of the subject. There are many topics that can be learnt in regards to Geology as well as new theories and discoveries being found each and every day. Studying Geology over the past three years at Derby has given me universal skills that I can relate to many professions such as petroleum, mining and engineering.

What were your main reasons for choosing this course?

Since being young I have always been interested in science and the environment, especially hazards such as volcanoes and tsunamis. My love for science grew at school, and Geology was a combination of my two favourite subjects; Geology and Chemistry. Geology has always interested me, how the process that you may not be able to physically see has an effect on how we see the world today, and how it will be shaped within the future. It is a very topical subject with many key industries relating to it, including oil and gas, mining and renewable energy.

Why did you choose to study the course at Derby?

When I came to visit Derby University everyone was very enthusiastic about the course and the university as a whole, there were a lot of societies and sports teams to get involved with too. The lectures I spoke to were very knowledgeable regarding their subject and the current students were very helpful with any questions I had.

How do your lecturers inspire you?

The lecturers within the department come from a variety of academic backgrounds in a range of fields, this means there are a lot of topics covered within the course. The lecturers are very friendly and have an open door policy, they are more than happy to talk about any topic you’re interested in or answer any questions you may have. In regards to further study, the majority of lecturers have either masters degrees or PhD’s and are happy to share their experiences and advise you in any way they can.

Tell us about your modules; what makes them interesting and which are your favourite?

I really like the practical modules where part of your coursework is undertaken in the field, my favourite of which was Volcanology. This was not only an amazing topic but by visiting Tenerife it helped my understanding of the subject. Engineering Geology was another favourite of mine, this module has prepared me for a career in Engineering Geology by teaching us the knowledge of the subject and how to write technical reports which is a key skill in that industry.

What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study this course at the University of Derby?

You will not regret it. Derby is a home away from home! Geology is not only an academic course, it has practical aspects in every module as well as a sociable aspect too. Fieldtrips are an amazing way to learn on the go, and Derby does not disappoint when it comes to this!