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BSc in Environmental Earth Science (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , Environmental Sciences

Course Description

Our BSc in Environmental Earth Science at Aberystwyth University will provide you with a detailed insight into Geological and Environmental Earth Science topics. The Department of Geography & Earth Sciences is one of the most established and experienced departments of its kind.

You will study the core skills in geology and apply these to a wide range of environmental problems. You will be taught field skills which can be applied to solving some of the big issues facing our society such as pollution from human activities like mining and power production or understanding volcanic eruptions and how hazard maps are created. The degree will train you to solve problems and contribute to society. We run field courses in each of the three years of your degree. Our facilities are recognised by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

  • Aberystwyth University offers you the unique opportunity to study geography in one of the most picturesque locations in Europe.  Set on the coast of Cardigan Bay and surrounded by a great diversity of beautiful environments, including marine, moorland, mountain and grassland, our department is uniquely placed to make the most of the stunning landscapes that surround it, providing you with a fabulous variety of fieldwork and recreational opportunities. 
  • You will explore and receive a detailed insight into Geological and Environmental Earth Sciences topics. 
  • This course will enable you to develop a deeper understanding of climate change. 
  • You will understand the impacts of volcanic eruptions on the environment and insights into mass extinction events. 
  • Your mentors and lecturers will inform you of the current trends in Geohazards and provide training in engineering Geology and Hydrology. 
  • You will develop a solid understanding of contemorary environmental issues: pollution, climate change, waste disposal among many others.
  • Our facilities are recognised by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council)
  • We offer fieldwork opportunities in each of the three years of your degree.
  • For those who would like to study through the medium of Welsh, there are number of modules available to those who have interest.Check out the module tab for more information. 

Our BSc in Environmental Earth Science at Aberystwyth University will provide you with a detailed insight into Geological and Environmental Earth Science topics. The Department of Geography & Earth Sciences is one of the most established and experienced departments of its kind. You will study the core skills in geology and apply these to a wide range of environmental...

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Course Content

In your first year you will be introduced to:

  • Primary (solid earth) and secondary (surface processes) environments;
  • Past and present Environmental changes;
  • Potential for predicting future changes in our climate and environment;
  • Field and laboratory skills spanning geology and physical geography.

In your second year you will discover;

  • Geochemistry;
  • The methods of chemical analysis of natural materials;
  • How to apply geophysical and geographical techniques used in site investigations;
  • Quantitative and qualitative data sets.

In your third year you will undertake:

  • Independent research project or dissertation;
  • Optional modules including: engineering geology, process glaciology, volcanic activity among many others.

In your first year you will be introduced to: Primary (solid earth) and secondary (surface processes) environments; Past and present Environmental changes; Potential for predicting future changes in our climate and environment; Field and laboratory skills spanning geology and physical geography. In...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC to include a science subject

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in a science subject at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in a science subject

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 A Levels BBB-BCC to include a science subject GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh and Mathematics BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM with a specified subject International Baccalaureate: 30-28 with...

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Assessment Methods

We assess our students through a different range of methods. Some modules are assessed in part through traditional exams, but some have elements of coursework. We also have some modules that may require the student to produce practical reports, oral presentations, the design of web pages, production of short films, or contribution to online discussion forums. Some modules, notably the tutorials and field courses are assessed entirely through coursework.

We assess our students through a different range of methods. Some modules are assessed in part through traditional exams, but some have elements of coursework. We also have some modules that may require the student to produce practical reports, oral presentations, the design of web pages, production of short films, or contribution to online discussion forums. Some modules, notably the...

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