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BSc in Geology and Petroleum Geology (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Bachelor Degree , Petroleum Geology

Course Description

You will start your studies by ensuring a good grounding in Geology and geological principals. In the final two years (Honours) the degree specialises to focus on geology relevant to the petroleum industry, but with a focus on skills applicable to any geoscience problem. You are therefore well placed to pursue careers across the breadth of geoscience sub-disciplines, or careers that involve problem-solving and decision-making skills.

Our flexible range of courses offers both general and specialised degree qualifications. You can graduate with:

  • BSc Geology and Petroleum Geology
  • MGeol Geology (5 year option)

You will start your studies by ensuring a good grounding in Geology and geological principals. In the final two years (Honours) the degree specialises to focus on geology relevant to the petroleum industry, but with a focus on skills applicable to any geoscience problem. You are therefore well placed to pursue careers across the breadth of geoscience sub-disciplines, or careers that involve...

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Course Content

The courses of study are made up of a range of core courses and choices. In years 1-4, the core courses you study are the same regardless of whether you are aiming for the BSc or the MGeol.

  • Year 1

Two core courses: Earth Through Geological Time, which looks at the evolution of the Earth over the past 4,500 million years, and Earth's Materials, looks at the origin, physical and characteristics of the rocks and minerals that make up the Earth.

Compulsory Courses

The Earth Through Geological Time (GL1005) - 15 Credit Points

Earth's Materials (GL1505) - 15 Credit Points

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Optional Courses

Select a further 90 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

Four courses all of which are taken for Single and Joint Honours programmes. These include Stratigraphical Principles, Petrology & Mineralogy, Geophysics and Introduction to Field Geology, which is a six-day residential course on the Isle of Arran.

Compulsory Courses

Stratigraphical Principles (GL2014) - 15 Credit Points

Petrology & Mineralogy (GL2015) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to Field Geology (GL2510) - 15 Credit Points

Geophysics (GL2511) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 3

Year 3 is the start of the Honours degree and all but one course option in each semester is geology focused. At year 3 there are two main residential field courses as well as day field trips.

Compulsory Courses

Principles of Petroleum Geology (GL3018) - 15 Credit Points

Structural Geology & Tectonics (GL3027) - 15 Credit Points

Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology (GL3520) - 15 Credit Points

Sedimentology (GL3521) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select one of the following options:

Junior Honours

  • Field and Mapping Techniques 2 (GL3525)
  • Select a further 15 credit points from from courses of choice.

Designated Degree:

  • EITHER Project/Dissertation (GL3508) OR Field and Mapping Techniques 2 (GL3525)
  • Select a further 15 or 30 credit points from courses of choice.

Field and Mapping Techniques 2 (GL3525) - 30 Credit Points

Project / Dissertation (GL3508) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 4

One of the main components of the BSc final year is the 5 week independent field project. You undertake your independent research over the summer between years 3 and 4, and much of the autumn term is focused on working up the report.

Compulsory Courses

Geological Mapping Project (GL4023) - 45 Credit Points

Geological Synthesis (GL4530) - 15 Credit Points

Surface and Subsurface Digital Imaging (GL4529) - 15 Credit Points

Petroleum Geology: Geochemistry and Geofluids (GL4028) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 15 credit points from courses of choice.

The courses of study are made up of a range of core courses and choices. In years 1-4, the core courses you study are the same regardless of whether you are aiming for the BSc or the MGeol. Year 1 Two core courses: Earth Through Geological Time, which looks at the evolution of the Earth over the past 4,500 million years,...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB*

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB*

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB*

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB*

Minimum: BBC*

Adjusted: CCC*

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL*.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB*, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB* Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB* Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of...

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