Focusing on environmental and geological issues of societal concern, this course is unique in that it is provided in conjunction with the world-leading British Geological Survey (BGS).
Geoscientists work to understand the Earth's processes and provide essential information for solving some of the 21st century's most pressing societal challenges, including managing resources, protecting the environment, and the health, safety and welfare of the public.
Run collaboratively with the BGS, which advises the UK government on all aspects of geoscience, this course is designed to help grow the next generation of environmental geoscience experts.
You will gain practical experience and work with specialists who are currently conducting vital research on climate change, Earth hazards and energy. You will go into the field with geoscientists from the BGS and the University.
Benefiting from state-of-the-art facilities, including specialist laboratories dedicated to the physical and chemical analysis of sediments and water, you'll also have opportunities to travel to inspirational destinations in the UK and overseas.
Designed to ensure you have the key foundation-level knowledge required for more in-depth study in years two and three, the first year of this course includes introductions to geological, atmospheric, oceanic and ecological systems. You'll develop your practical research skills with a four-day intensive residential field course in the Lake District.
Years two and three
You'll undertake core modules in geology and research techniques in your second and third years, as well as prepare a 10,000-word dissertation based on a research topic of your choice.
You will undertake fieldwork (currently in Cyprus), will be able to choose from a range of geoscience modules. You can also apply to spend a semester of your second year studying abroad, taking similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham or expanding your knowledge through other options.
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A-levels: ABB including two science subjects (biology, chemistry, environmental science, environmental studies, geography, geology, maths, physics or closely related subjects), excluding general studies and critical thinking; a pass is required in science practical tests if assessed separately
GCSEs: GCSE maths, 4 (C) or above
English language requirements
IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in reading, writing, speaking and listening)
For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.
On this course, you can apply to spend a semester studying abroad at one of our partner institutions in locations such as Australia, Canada, Europe and the USA.
You will get the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability by experiencing another culture. You can choose to study similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham or expand your knowledge by taking other options. Teaching is typically in English; however, there may be opportunities to study in another language if you are sufficiently fluent.
We also offer field trips to develop your practical skills, with international locations including Italy and the USA.
You will have the opportunity to explore post-graduation routes to professional qualifications - such as becoming a Chartered Geologist - and, beyond that, working towards being a Specialist in Land Condition or being on the Register of Ground Engineering Professionals.
As a graduate from the University of Nottingham, you will be highly sought after, and by studying a degree in the School of Geography, you will acquire a broad skill set that will lay the foundations for your chosen career.
Employability is at the heart of our teaching, and we ensure that all of our degrees will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. Our comprehensive careers programme includes one-to-one CV workshops and employer talks from school alumni, as well as career networking events.
Our graduates go on to a wide range of careers. Some enter roles that have a direct correlation to their degree, including conservation and heritage protection and land surveying. Others secure positions that utilise their transferable skills such as management consultancy, PR, marketing and financial roles.
Recent graduates from the School of Geography have gone on to work for organisations such as the British Geological Survey, Capita, Grant Thornton, Historic England, Network Rail, Swiss Re, Teach First, and Tesla Motors.
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