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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

72 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

4GLN

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Join a university with an outstanding reputation in this field: Geology at Derby is ranked in the Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching and feedback, Guardian University Guide 2020

Hands-on learning experiences

We specialise in real-world learning, providing you with plenty of opportunities to translate theory into practice. Most of the modules on the BSc (Hons) Geology and Environmental Hazards with Foundation Year feature training in technical, practical and fieldwork skills. Field-based study is integrated across all years of the course and you will become familiar with innovative techniques in areas like spatial analysis.

To equip you for the challenge, you will receive free basic field equipment in your second year. The kit includes a compass clinometer, hand lens, hard hat, high-visibility jacket, professional field notebook and copies of the British Geological Survey geological map of the UK.

Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

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A study trip to Tenerife took our Geology student, Rebecca, to the top of the island's most famous volcano - Mount Teide - and gave her inspiration for her career path.

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Bringing theory to life

Vital for your career development, fieldwork is at the heart of this course and we offer a range of opportunities* which may include overseas study tours. Locally, you could find yourself taking regular fieldtrips into the Peak District, touring industrial sites, exploring flood risks on the river Trent or visiting the British Geological Survey site.

Further afield, you could have the chance to visit areas of active natural hazards such as volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, floods and drought. In the past our students have investigated volcanic processes and hazards amid the spectacular scenery of Tenerife or explored how sedimentary basins were formed through crustal collision in the North Pyrenees of France.

They have also visited the Pacific Northwest of America to conduct a series of fieldwork-based case studies exploring earth-surface hazards, their effects on people and their management. Highlights included visiting the sites of the 1980 Mount St Helens eruption and earthquake-prone areas of downtown Seattle.

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*Please note that our programme of fieldtrips is subject to change. 

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The perfect outdoor classroom

In a location just a stone’s throw away from the Peak District, Derby is an excellent base for aspiring geoscientists. You’ll be studying close to some of the country’s most important geological sites and will have every opportunity to conduct fieldwork in and around the National Park, with its limestone, sandstone and metal-bearing mineral veins.  

From exploring the ‘Blue John’ caverns of Castleton to interpreting the landscape in rugged gritstone uplands, you’ll discover the perfect outdoor classroom in close proximity.

Realistic learning environments

You’ll have every opportunity to develop your practical skills in realistic environments. Our facilities include a spatial data laboratory as well as purpose-built petrology, sedimentary, geotechnical and specialist computing laboratories. We also provide a student research laboratory which gives you a dedicated space for conducting your independent investigations.

The labs house thousands of rock, mineral and fossil samples from across the world, helping deepen your understanding of rock formations and their role in the history of the Earth.

Expertise to inspire you

You’ll be taught by our team of highly skilled geoscientists who are passionate about their subjects and committed to your academic and career success.  They include active researchers, respected authors and experienced consultants who regularly work with local and international partners.

The team has been commended by quality inspectors and Geology teaching at Derby was ranked second in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

Our staff are conducting influential studies into everything from climate and coastal change to volcanology and glaciology. Such research will underpin the teaching on your course, ensuring that you are kept up to date with latest debates and thinking.

Strong professional and academic networks also enrich the University’s vibrant programme of guest lectures. These give you fresh perspectives on topical themes.

Top10in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching and feedback**Guardian University Guide 2020 (Geology at Derby)
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What you will study

Foundation YearFoundation YearYear 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Optional Placement YearOptional Placement YearYear 3Year 3

Code: 3EV500

Research Methods and Data Handling

This module aims to develop an understanding of why and how research is conducted within science disciplines. Students will develop a working knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative data handling skills through the use of Excel and other appropriate software. Introductions to formulating and operationalising research questions and hypotheses will be included along with an exploration of the rationale behind applying different research methods for different purposes and the ethical considerations linked to these.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3EV501

Study Skills in Science

This module aims to develop the study skills essential for study at university and facilitate the transition into Higher Education. The module will help student understand university systems and processes, the study skills they require to succeed and the role they have in their own learning.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3FO503

Principles of Chemistry

This module aims to gives students an overview of some of the basic chemical principles that form the foundations of chemistry. Students will learn about the fundamental building blocks of chemistry, exploring the states of matter, its structure and organisation. Student will gain an understanding of the chemical principles of interactions and reactions at the atomic level. Students will then explore fundamental chemistry which underpins applied fields such as forensic science and biology.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3GL500

Foundations in Geoscience

This module offers a place-based introduction to the field of Geoscience. Students will gain a multidisciplinary understanding of geography and geology and how these subjects can be applied to understand real-world issues at the local scale. Students will use Derby, its waterways and its environs as a focus to learn about how geology and geography contribute to our appreciation, understanding and management of local environments.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 2MO500

English

This is a level 2 module. The module is oriented towards providing students with sufficient English skills to enable them to engage confidently with level 4 modules.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 2MO501

Mathematics

The course is equivalent to GCSE Maths and covers statistics and probability, number work, geometry, and algebra and graphs.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 3BY500

Organisms and their Environments

This module is an introduction to organisms and their environments. This module develops a basic understanding of ecology, biodiversity and environmental sustainability, through the study of interactions between organisms in natural environments and those modified by man. This module outlines the biological, chemical and physical aspects of the biosphere; the cycling of biologically important chemical elements at different scales; the flow of energy through food chains; introduces the concepts of food webs, ecosystems, communities, and biomes. Examples will be used from both natural and human-modified terrestrial and aquatic systems.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 3GL501

Foundations in Physics

This module will introduce students to the basic physical principles which underpin the Applied Sciences, including Geosciences and Sport. The module will apply the theoretical concepts to a wide range of practical applications, using laboratory and field exercises as well as employing problem-solving exercises within tutorial sessions. The module will also consolidate some of the basic mathematical skills required for this discipline.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4GL500

Fundamental Skills for Geoscientists

This module is designed to help you develop a range of intellectual, personal and subject-related skills that are fundamental for geoscientists. In particular, it will provide an introduction to the methods of recording geoscience data from a variety of sources. This includes training in the description, identification and interpretation of geological phenomena in the field and on maps. It emphasises the need for accuracy in the recording of small-scale features seen at outcrop and demonstrates how larger-scale structures, relationships and geological history can be established from field and map evidence. In addition, the module will enable you to develop skills in the presentation and communication of geoscience information. It will also introduce you to the concept of Personal Development Planning (PDP). The module will be taught through a combination of field work (including a residential field course), practical classes and small-group tutorials. Assessment is 100% coursework.
20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4GL501

Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones

This module will introduce you to the subject of rocks and minerals. Gemstones, a subset of minerals are discussed in terms of their origins. You will learn to recognise the important ore and rock-forming minerals in hand specimen and under the microscope. You will learn how the main groups of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks are formed. The course will be delivered through the medium of lectures, practical classes, fieldwork and directed study. Assessment is 50% coursework and 50% examination.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4GL502

Earth Surface Processes and Environments

This module will introduce you to the processes which have an impact on the surface of Planet Earth. You will learn how the atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and biosphere interact with the lithosphere, and how these interactions are reflected in surface features and sedimentary deposits. This is a module which provides an overview of the Earth surface environment, covering all of the major oceanic and terrestrial settings, and past as well as present environments. You will learn to recognise the products (rocks, structures, large-scale features) of surface processes, and to use them in interpreting environments. The module is delivered through lectures and practical classes supplemented by a local field trip. Assessment is 50% coursework, 50% examination and weekly quizzes (pass/fail).
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4GL503

Environmental Hazards and Disasters

This module introduces natural environmental hazards and disasters in a global geographical and geological context, and looks at each of the major hazards affecting Earth’s surface, people and society. Through lectures, case studies and problem-solving exercises, students will examine the concepts and issues of hazards and disasters with emphasis on physical processes, and on societal perception and response. The module is assessed by 100% coursework (individual and group work).
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4GL504

The Stratigraphical Record

The module will explain the principles of stratigraphy and provide an overview of the fossil record, both as an element of Earth history in its own right and as a tool for investigating other aspects of environmental change over geological time. Delivery will be by lecture, practical, demonstration in class, and by field study. Assessment will involve practical investigations (50%), an exam (50%) and weekly quizzes (pass/fail). In addition to subject-specific knowledge and skills, students will develop transferable skills in (amongst others) observation, description, analysis and interpretation.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4GL505

Resource Geology

The aim of this module is to introduce the concepts of reserves and resources, the geology of energy resources including hydrocarbons, the range, occurrence and importance of industrial minerals, methods of exploration and exploitation, industrial processes and the importance of geological resources to the construction industry and society. It is delivered mainly via lectures and associated practicals, tutorials and a site visit. Assessment is 100% coursework and will involve a group project and a computer-based assessment.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5EV504

Water: Resource and Hazard

This module aims to develop a holistic, interdisciplinary understanding of water through a rigorous examination of both geographical as well as a geological analysis. The module focuses on two fundamental aspects of water: 1) resource and 2) hazard. Students are made aware of differing disciplinary perspectives and how these can be brought together in developing interdisciplinary case studies. The module will be delivered through classroom based lectures and a half day visit to the river Trent. The module is assessed by 50% coursework and 50% seen exam.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5EV999

Preparing for Independent Study in Geoscience

This module aims to prepare students for their Independent study. Independent study often includes fieldwork which normally starts at the end of the second year. Therefore, the module aims to get students to identify a research topic, which they discuss with a member of staff, design and write a research proposal, apply to the Ethics Committee and complete a risk assessment for their chosen topic. Students are tutored in aspects of research design: defining research questions, research aims and objectives and appropriate methodologies. Students will also learn practical aspects of research design such as logistical considerations of time and budget limitations as well as data archiving (including digital and mobile technology) and location-based analysis.
0 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5GL501

Geological Mapping and Applied Skills for Geoscientists

Geological maps have many and varied practical applications. Learning how to construct maps in the field is an important part of a geologist's training. Being able to interpret geological maps successfully is a fundamental skill as is the ability to produce succinct reports. This module introduces the basic geological techniques and procedures used in the compilation of geological maps and reports. Students will be able to develop their field skills through completion of an independent field mapping assignment. The module also provides an opportunity for students to develop their practical skills in geological map analysis and interpretation. This part of the module is designed to enhance understanding of the three-dimensional nature of geological structures, to illustrate a variety of stratigraphical relationships and to aid interpretation of a sequence of geological events.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to develop their writing skills through the compilation of succinct geological reports. As part of the module, you will be expected to participate in a career development programme specifically related to work experience and career planning within the Geosciences and continue with the compilation of your Personal Development Portfolio. This will include preparatory work for an Independent Study. The module will be taught through a combination of field work (including a residential field course), practical classes and small-group tutorials. Assessment is 100% coursework.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5GL502

Volcanology and the Earth’s Interior

This module seeks to promote an understanding of volcanology and the diversity of its processes, products and hazards. You will study the generation of magmas within the earth, and the underlying geological, geophysical and geochemical evidence. Volcanic systems will be studied in all the major tectonic settings, including oceanic ridges, subduction systems and ocean-island volcanoes, and will be illustrated by detailed case studies. The module will address the physical volcanology of lavas and explosive volcanic systems and their products, with a brief review of the resultant volcanic hazards. Lectures and practical work will prepare students for residential fieldwork in a recent volcanic environment. The assessment for the module is 100% coursework.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5GL503

Imaging Earth’s Surface and Subsurface

This module provides a basic understanding of the theories, principles and applications of satellite remote sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), solid Earth geophysical techniques and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). The module aims to develop skills in the acquisition, processing and interpretation of images and data acquired by remote sensing of Earth’s surface and by subsurface geophysical techniques. These data will be used to develop an understanding of surface environments, shallow site investigations and deep structures within the Earth. The module gives an introduction to the manipulation and interpretation of geospatial data using GIS software. Students will explore selected applications of GIS in the geosciences. Teaching includes lectures, practicals and hands-on experience with specialist computer software. Assessment is 50% coursework, 50% examination.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5GL508

Applied Environmental Hazards Workshop

This module aims to prepare students for the Level 6 module 6GL504 Applied Environmental Hazards, which is fieldwork-based and runs in the autumn at the start of Stage 3. It will introduce them to the region of study, its geography, geology and hazards. It will give students the opportunity, individually and in groups, to work on problem-based exercises involving assessment, management and mitigation of a range of hazards. Students will prepare for fieldwork activities in Geological and Environmental Hazards, including planning student-led localities. There will also be time for finalising the logistics of the field trip. The module will run as a 2-day workshop towards the end of the Spring Semester.
0 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5EV501

Gees Block Credit Study Abroad Module

This is a block credit module primarily for Geography and Geology single honours students who undertake 1 semester of overseas study as part of their degree programme. On receipt of a formal transcript from the partner overseas academic institution, those who have successfully achieved the equivalent of 60 credits of learning at level 5 will have this module credited to their University of Derby academic transcripts (profile). This is a pass/fail module and only the credits, not the grades are transferred to Derby.
60 Credits
optional

Code: 5GL504

Deformed Terrains

The purpose of this module is to introduce you to a range of tectonic and metamorphic features associated with deformed terrains. Geological structures are considered by examining their origin and formation. This module also provides an understanding of the processes and products of regional metamorphism. You will also receive training in the description and interpretation of polydeformed metamorphosed rocks in the field, during a residential field course. Delivery will be by lecture, associated practical and a residential field study. Assessment is 50% coursework and 50% examination.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5GL505

Applied Sedimentology

In this module, you will study the composition, texture, structures and field relationships of modern sediments and ancient sedimentary rocks, in order to achieve the reconstruction of past depositional conditions and environments. The module aims to provide students with the skills to describe sedimentary rocks and sequences, and to interpret processes and environments through the development of theoretical and practical skills in the laboratory and during fieldwork. Students will explore applications of sedimentology to petroleum geology through working with and interpreting simple sets of well data. Learning will take place in lectures, in practical classes and on residential fieldwork. The assessment is 50% examination and 50% coursework.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5GL507

Economic Mineral Deposits

The purpose of this module is to promote, by reference to selected case studies, an appreciation of the natural processes and geological environments in which normally dispersed elements are concentrated into deposits of economic value. It will also introduce students to the methods used in exploration for mineral resources, and the factors involved in the planning of a mineral exploration programme. It is delivered mainly via lectures and associated practical’s, tutorials and a field visit. Assessment is 50% coursework and 50% examination.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5GL509

Glacial Environments

This module examines the nature of surface processes operating in cold environments and their role in landform development. Specific attention is given to the role of glaciers in relation to their role as geomorphological agents. The module is supported by a field-day and is assessed by 50% coursework and 50% exam.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5SO528

Applied Professional Practice

This module provides a framework for the development of “lifelong learning” skills appropriate to all areas of professional practice; including objective setting, planning, negotiating, implementing, demonstrating and reflecting. The emphasis in this module is on the analysis and evaluation of the work completed within the organisation. This module also gives students an opportunity to relate their academic knowledge to the work environment.
40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5SO529

Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice

Students need to be aware of the commercial realities and external factors that influence the success of an organisation. This module provides opportunities for students to acquire an understanding of contemporary issues that may impact on industrial and professional practices relevant to a career within their chosen discipline.

During this period of work experience, students can gain a deeper appreciation of the responsibilities arising from both corporate and individual responses to such issues, thus enabling them to relate to the wider world when exploring a personal direction for potential career development.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6EV999

Independent Studies for Geoscience

This module represents an opportunity for students to exercise initiative, creative thinking, time management and organisational skills in the pursuit of an independent (but tutor supported) piece of research work of their own choosing (subject to approval on academic, safety and ethical grounds). It is a continuation of the process of Personal Development Planning (PDP) initiated in level 4 and 5, to develop an advanced skill-set which will enhance the ‘graduateness’ and employability of students. Central to the research study will be a degree of problem solving, the formulation and testing of hypotheses and the critical evaluation of relevant theory. The research can, if required, be undertaken in a work based / placement context. The module is assessed by 100% coursework.
40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6GL504

Applied Environmental Hazards

This module seeks to promote an understanding of earth-surface hazards through case studies in a region prone to a range of geohazards. The case studies will mainly be investigated through residential fieldwork, supported by workshops. Students will assess the environmental and human impact of such hazards and evaluate methods of hazard assessment, hazard management, monitoring and mitigation. The assessment is based 100% on coursework. Each student will, with staff guidance, select an appropriate topic related to hazards in the field region to pursue in depth, using data acquired in the field and from other sources.
20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6EV500

Applied GIS

This module provides an appropriate portfolio of subject knowledge and applied skills typically required for an introductory position in the field of GIS or for going on to specialist postgraduate study in GIS. It also aims to produce students capable of independently solving problems using GIS. Important themes in GIS are explored from both a theoretical and practical perspective, including data capture / input, data accuracy / error, databases, surface modelling, derived mapping, the use of new technologies and different approaches to problem solving. It is delivered mainly via lectures and associated computer based practical’s (done with tutor support) and fieldwork. The module is assessed by 100% coursework.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6EV502

Vocational Module

Work experience and volunteering are important ways to develop a further understanding of issues and problems pertinent to employment, and of gaining much needed experience. This module provides an opportunity for students to obtain and undertake a placement with a company, voluntary body, the University of Derby or a public establishment. By placing the module at level 6, the student will be able to undertake a range of tasks which will apply their knowledge, level of understanding and skills which will be beneficial to the host organisation. Similarly, the student should be able to compile a report incorporating deep reflection on their personal experiences whilst undertaking the placement and an evaluation of their skill set development. The placement work must relate to the student’s degree programme but must not overlap with the topic of their Independent Studies. The module is assessed by 100% coursework.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6GG501

Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation Perspectives

This module aims to develop a sound understanding of the nature and causes of climate change. By way of introduction, attention is focused upon the nature and causes of climate change over the past 11,000 years with consideration given to the mid-Holocene climatic optimum, the Little Ice Age, Medieval warm period, and post-Industrial revolution period. Attention then focuses upon the climate of the late twentieth/early twenty-first century. The role of various internal and external forcing mechanisms is then considered. A critical analysis is provided of the range of adaptation strategies that society might adopt.

To develop an understanding of relationships between climate change, impacts and selection of appropriate adaptation strategies extensive use will be made of recent case-studies from developed counties, Economies in Transition (EIT) countries and developing countries. Four key climate mitigation questions that are relevant to policymaking are also examined: What can be done to reduce the threats of climate change? What are the costs of such actions (or inaction)? How can reductions in greenhouse gases be achieved? Are climate change mitigation policies sustainable overtime? This module comprises 12 lectures. The module is assessed by 50% coursework and 50% exam.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6GL500

Terrain Evaluation

This module investigates the theory and practice of terrain evaluation with particular reference to engineering construction. In addition, the application of knowledge of geological and geomorphological processes in the management of the environment is examined. The management of coastal erosion and the assessment of flood risk are given examples of areas studied. The module is assessed by 100% coursework.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6GL501

Reconstructing Past Environments

In this module students will learn how to reconstruct ancient environments through providing an integrated picture of the relationships between life and the environment. Delivery will be by lecture, practical and field study. Assessment will involve coursework (50%) and an examination (50%). In addition to subject-specific knowledge, students will develop transferable skills in analysis, interpretation and communication of complex information.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6GL503

Engineering Geology

The module is designed to develop your understanding of the mechanical properties of rocks, rock masses, soils and other unconsolidated materials in an engineering context. The importance of these properties with regard to ground stability, slope stability and foundation design is emphasised throughout. The effect of varying groundwater conditions is also considered. Site investigation techniques are also investigated and demonstrated. It is delivered mainly via lectures and associated practicals, tutorials and field visits. Assessment is 50% coursework and 50% examination.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6GL505

Basin Analysis

Sedimentary basins are geologically and economically important. The evolution of such basins through space and time may constrain factors such as sea-level change, sedimentation rate and the accumulation of economic deposits. This module will examine sedimentary environments in tectonic settings, particularly focusing on commercial interests, during lectures. Analytical techniques such as well interpretation/correlation and seismic data/interpretation will be developed in practical sessions. Students will apply concepts and techniques to one or more sedimentary basins during a residential field course. Teaching will include lectures, practical exercises and fieldwork. Assessment will be through a practical portfolio (70%) and examination (30%).
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6GL506

Crustal Evolution

This module provides a deep understanding of the origin, evolution and differentiation of the Earth’s continental crust. It will examine some ‘big picture’ themes which will include: - Ocean island and arc processes in the modern Earth and their role in geologically recent continent formation - The link between plutonism and volcanism, and their relationship to continent formation. - The growth of the continental crust through accretion and collisional tectonics leading to the formation of mountain belts. This latter part of the module will be taught both in class and in the field Models and hypotheses will be tested principally through the techniques of geochemistry. The module will be delivered through the medium of lectures, practical classes, tutorials and fieldwork and will be assessed through coursework (50%) and examination (50%).
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

You’ll learn through lectures, laboratory-based practical sessions, tutorials and fieldwork in the UK and overseas. For example, you could visit Scotland and Snowdonia to learn how to make a geological map, Anglesey to study metamorphism and deformation, and Tenerife to analyse volcanic processes. You’ll be taught by a team of enthusiastic and highly skilled geologists, who are active researchers working with local and international research partners.

How you're assessed

We use a diverse range of assessment methods, including essays, reports, field and laboratory notebooks, portfolios, posters, oral presentations, presentations on social media and exams. You may be assessed individually or as part of a group. We’ve mapped our assessments against key graduate skillsets that employers require.

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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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Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Programme leader

Dr Adrian Watson

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

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Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

Highly practical and industry-relevant, our BSc (Hons) Geology and Environmental Hazards with Foundation Year opens up many challenging and rewarding career opportunities worldwide. There are now a growing number of roles which involve planning for, mitigating and managing natural hazards as well as helping to reduce the impact of climate change, pollution and population pressure. However, this degree also equips you with invaluable transferable skills that can be used across many areas of employment.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have developed a full range of professional skills, theoretical knowledge and practical experience to impress prospective employers. You’ll also have the wide-ranging transferable skills, vision and self-reliance which will make you well suited to any organisation where environmental awareness and broad scientific knowledge are valued. Our graduates have gone on to secure posts in environmental consultancy, pollution control, geotechnical engineering and even the BBC’s Natural History Unit.

You could also consider taking your geological expertise to the next level by studying for a masters degree such as our MSc Environmental Assessment and Control. In an exciting new development, we are also launching an interdisciplinary MSc in Intelligence, Security and Disaster Management in September 2018. This specialist MSc will be particularly beneficial for anyone keen to pursue a career in the field of environmental hazards.

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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