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BSc in Geological Oceanography (Full Time)

Bangor University

Bachelor Degree , Geological Oceanography

Course Description

This degree focuses on the study of marine sediments within an Earth system science context. It is concerned with sedimentary processes (the origin, transport and deposition of particles in the marine environment), and with marine sediments and rocks, in particular those formed in the past 2 million year, but also further back in time. Geological Oceanographers are required to tackle issues such as climate and sea-level change, coastal erosion, marine pollution, waterway siltation and offshore engineering related to cable/pipelines routes, renewable energy infrastructure and oil and gas exploration. 

This degree focuses on the study of marine sediments within an Earth system science context. It is concerned with sedimentary processes (the origin, transport and deposition of particles in the marine environment), and with marine sediments and rocks, in particular those formed in the past 2 million year, but also further back in time. Geological...

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Course Content

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • OSX-1000: Science Skills Tutorial (20) or
    OSC-1000: Tiwtorial Sgiliau Gwyddoniaeth (20)
  • ONS-1001: Environmental data & analysis (20) or
    ONC-1001: Dadansoddi Data Amgylcheddol (20)
  • DXX-1005: Earth Systems and Processes (20)
  • OSX-1005: Fundamentals of Oceanography (20)
  • OSX-1007: Marine Biogeochemistry (10)

Semester 2

  • OSX-1000: Science Skills Tutorial or
    OSC-1000: Tiwtorial Sgiliau Gwyddoniaeth
  • ONS-1001: Environmental data & analysis or
    ONC-1001: Dadansoddi Data Amgylcheddol
  • OSX-1003: Earth, Climate & Evolution (20)
  • OSX-1005: Fundamentals of Oceanography
  • OSX-1006: Anglesey Geology Field Course (10)

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • OSX-2004: Estuary & Shelf Sea Processes (20)
  • OSX-2006: Tides, Waves and Marine Energy (20)
  • OSX-2007: Ship-based field course (20)
  • OSX-2011: Ice and Oceans (20)

Semester 2

  • OSX-2000: Communicating Science (20) or
    OSC-2000: Cyfathrebu Gwyddoniaeth (20)
  • OSX-2005: Remote Sensing & Geophysics (20)
  • OSX-2007: Ship-based field course

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • OSX-3007: Coastal Processes Field Study (20)
  • OSX-3025: Marine Geology & Applications (20)

Semester 2

  • OSX-3000: Dissertation (20)
  • OSX-3006: Sediment Dynamics (20)
  • DXX-3018: Rivers, Coast and Oceans (20)

Optional Modules

20 credits from:

  • OSX-3005: Coastal Water Processes (20) (Semester 1)
  • OSX-3017: Applied Geophysics (20) (Semester 1)

Year 1 Compulsory Modules Semester 1 OSX-1000: Science Skills Tutorial (20) or OSC-1000: Tiwtorial Sgiliau Gwyddoniaeth (20) ONS-1001: Environmental data & analysis (20) or ONC-1001: Dadansoddi Data...

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Entry Requirements

GCSE: grade C/4 in English, Maths and Double Award Science.

Typical offer is based on a minimum 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:

  • A Levels (including grades BB in 2 science subjects - Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Geology, Environmental Science, Geography, Economics, Psychology; excluding General Studies)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (including H6 in 2 science subjects)
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma in Applied Science**: DMM.
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical / Extended Diploma in Environmental Conservation or Countryside & Environmental**: Merit.
  • Access to HE Science**: Pass
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
  • Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma is not accepted.

International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here. 

We also welcome applications from mature applicants.

*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.

**Similar subject areas may be considered on a case by case basis.

GCSE: grade C/4 in English, Maths and Double Award Science. Typical offer is based on a minimum 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.: A Levels (including grades BB in 2 science subjects - Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Geology, Environmental Science, Geography, Economics, Psychology; excluding General Studies) International Baccalaureate...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment methods vary - most modules combine elements of continuous assessment and formal examination.

Assessment methods vary - most modules combine elements of continuous assessment and formal examination.