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Earth Sciences

Birkbeck, University of London

  • October, 2020 Start Date

  • 4 years Duration

  • Evening (Part Time) Study Mode

  • £6935.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

Earth science is the study of the world around us. This course introduces you to a range of disciplines, from geophysics to palaeontology, and from volcanology to sedimentology.

As well as attending this course at Birkbeck in central London, you can also study by distance learning via our online learning environment, so you can access course materials and recordings of lectures wherever you are in the world - and whenever it suits you.

The earth sciences cover a broad spectrum of research topics. You may have an interest in studying the evolution of life through the millennia, working with the fossil record to chart the development and extinction of species. You may be interested in looking at the dynamics involved in geohazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes. You may want to reconstruct ancient environments with an eye to addressing key environmental issues of our time, such as climate change and coastal erosion. Or you may wish to expand your general knowledge of the sciences, developing your skills of data collection and scientific analysis.

Earth science is the study of the world around us. This course introduces you to a range of disciplines, from geophysics to palaeontology, and from volcanology to sedimentology. As well as attending this course at Birkbeck in central London, you can also study by distance learning via our online learning environment, so you can access course materials and recordings of lectures...

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Course Content

You take several compulsory modules in the first three years and then choose from a range of option modules in Years 3 and 4. All students undertake a research project in Year 4, which involves study of databases provided by staff or outside institutions, with the option of collecting new data through laboratory research or fieldwork.

You may take optional fieldwork modules from the BSc Geology and BSc Environmental Geology.

YEAR 1 COMPULSORY MODULES

  • Assessed Field Techniques 1
  • Earth's Surface Geology
  • Foundations of Mineralogy
  • Geology of the Solar System I: Introduction to Planetary and Lunar Geology
  • Introduction to Geochemistry
  • Introduction to Geology

YEAR 2 COMPULSORY MODULES

  • Assessed Field Techniques 2
  • Earth History
  • Igneous Petrology
  • Invertebrate Palaeontology
  • Metamorphic Petrology
  • Structural Geology I

YEAR 3 COMPULSORY MODULES

  • Geophysics
  • Global Tectonics
  • Principles of Sedimentology
  • Scientific Computing and Data Modelling

YEARS 3 AND 4 OPTION MODULES

  • Assessed Field Techniques 3
  • Assessed Field Techniques 4
  • Earth's Resources and Raw Materials
  • Environmental Isotopes
  • Geological Hazards
  • Metamorphic Processes
  • Palaeoclimatology
  • Palaeoecology
  • Structural Geology II
  • Tectonic Geomorphology
  • Vertebrate Palaeontology
  • Volcanism in the Solar System

BSC EARTH SCIENCES PROJECT

  • Project BSc Earth Sciences

You take several compulsory modules in the first three years and then choose from a range of option modules in Years 3 and 4. All students undertake a research project in Year 4, which involves study of databases provided by staff or outside institutions, with the option of collecting new data through laboratory research or fieldwork. You may take optional fieldwork modules from...

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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

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Birkbeck, University of London

Evening (Part Time), 4 years

October, 2020

£6935.00

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Distance Learning

Part Time, 4 years

October, 2020

£6935.00

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Entry Requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES

Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in a science-based subject.

Students who successfully complete Birkbeck's Certificate of Higher Education in Earth History and Palaeontology, Geology, Mineralogy and Volcanology or Planetary Science with Astronomy will be considered for a place on the BSc, with the possibility of exemption from the first-year modules.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
100%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
85% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
100% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
100% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
100% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
100% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
85% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
83% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
92% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
77% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
46% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
100% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
85% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
85% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
92% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
100% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
85% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
85% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
92% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
91% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
92% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
Learning community
62% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
92% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
85% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
92% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
54% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
40% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

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Statistics

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points0

  • Employment Rate60%

  • Average Graduate SalaryN/A

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