Geology Undergraduate Courses

According to radiometric dating, Earth was formed 4.54 billion years ago.

Since that time, it has flourished to become one of the only known astronomical objects on which life has been detected - but how has it adapted over these years and what does its future hold? If questions like this fill you with wonder, start your journey of discovery with us.

Our geology courses prepare you for a rewarding future exploring, producing and managing the Earth's resources. We’ll give you a broad perspective, with fieldtrips in the UK and overseas that will help bring your geology studies to life. Past students have travelled to Snowdonia, Northwest Scotland, Anglesey, the Pacific Northwest (USA), and the Pyrenees.

Find out about our Geology courses at the University of Derby

"I went on a fieldtrip to the Pacific Northwest, USA"

"As part of my course I went on a fieldtrip to the Pacific Northwest. The highlight of the trip was the three days spent on Mount St Helens. It was such an impressive sight and the history behind the 1980 eruption was fascinating. Being able to see the paths of the lahars or the areas where vegetation was stripped bare really gave us an idea of how devastating this blast had been."

"I will always recommend the course to future students because it's a fantastic and thorough course that will set you up for life in the geological world. I would also recommend this fieldtrip; nothing beats seeing the geology you study at a desk, out in the real world."

Megan Hopkins, Geology with Environmental Hazards (Joint Honours) graduate

Explore our fieldtrips

Students studying rock on residential fieldtrip to Anglesey

Geology fieldtrips

Fieldwork lies at the heart of our Geology degrees, enabling you to develop strong practical skills through a combination of residential and day trips across the UK and abroad.

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95% of our BSc (Hons) Geology students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of the course (National Student Survey, 2017)

Specialist Facilities

We've invested in our facilities so that you can develop your practical skills in realistic environments. Our student research laboratory gives you a dedicated space to conduct your independent investigations. You’ll be taught by a passionate, forward-thinking team who are highly skilled and have an international reputation in geology. Many of our academics are active researchers whose work informs and inspires the content of our Geology courses.


Our three-year BSc (Hons) Geology course is accredited by The Geological Society, which assures you that our teaching is of the highest quality and has been approved by an independent body of academics and industrialists. Because you are studying an accredited course, it reduces the amount of professional experience you will need if you decide to apply to become a Chartered Geologist or Chartered Scientist. 

Find out what the accreditation means for you as a student.

Professional Experience

Our Geology courses offer an ‘Industrial Placement Year’ giving you the opportunity to enhance your practical skills by putting theory into practice, network in your industry and stand-out in the graduate job market. The placement year takes place in your third year, once completed, you would return to University to complete your final year studies.

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What our Geology graduates do

Career opportunities open to graduates include: