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BSc in Geology and Physics (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Bachelor Degree , Geology

Course Description

  • Aberdeen is the oil and gas capital of Europe making it the most relevant place in the UK to study Geology and Petroleum Geology.
  • Understanding Geology is fundamental to the exploration for hydrocarbon resources and this is why we offer a Petroleum Geology degree at Aberdeen. However, we also ensure you have a basic knowledge of the way the Earth works as this is vital to the understanding of the nature and origin of Earth Resources.
  • Fieldwork is an important element of our Geology degree, we make the best use of our location in Scotland – close to many great areas for fieldwork.
  • Fieldwork locations include - Arran, Skye, NW Highlands and other areas throughout the UK. The MGeol programme includes a trip to Italy.
  • Aberdeen is geographically perfect for the study of Geology, having some world-class field sites close at hand which can be conveniently visited on day courses. Many of the UK's top 100 Geological sites are within easy reach from Aberdeen and are visited by our students and staff alike.
  • Many past graduates continue to work in the city and links with industry are therefore very strong with employability being second to none.
  • You will have the chance to join the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Student Chapter. This is an active and very social Student Chapter which will give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge, skills and networks beyond the classroom.
  • To expand skills, knowledge and networks even further, many of our students join the Aberdeen Geology Society.
  • 2015 Complete University, Geology at Aberdeen was ranked 6th in the whole of the UK.
  • Our BSc degrees are fully accredited by the Geological Society for London.

Aberdeen is the oil and gas capital of Europe making it the most relevant place in the UK to study Geology and Petroleum Geology. Understanding Geology is fundamental to the exploration for hydrocarbon resources and this is why we offer a Petroleum Geology degree at Aberdeen. However, we also ensure you have a basic knowledge of the way the Earth works as this is vital to...

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Course Content

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

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

The Physical Universe A (PX1015) - 15 Credit Points

Calculus i (MA1005) - 15 Credit Points

Algebra (MA1006) - 15 Credit Points

Earth's Materials (GL1505) - 15 Credit Points

The Physical Universe B (PX1513) - 15 Credit Points

Calculus II (MA1508) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 15 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Petrology & Mineralogy (GL2015) - 15 Credit Points

Light Science (PX2013) - 15 Credit Points

Dynamical Phenomena (PX2015) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to Field Geology (GL2510) - 15 Credit Points

Geophysics (GL2511) - 15 Credit Points

Practical Optics and Electronics (PX2505) - 15 Credit Points

Relativity and Quantum Mechanics (PX2510) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select one of the following:

  • Stratigraphical Principles (GL2014)
  • 15 credit point level 2 Mathematics course.

Stratigraphical Principles (GL2014) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Field and Mapping Techniques (GL3026) - 15 Credit Points

Energy and Matter (PX3014) - 15 Credit Points

Quantum Mechanics (PX3511) - 15 Credit Points

Electricity and Magnetism (PX3512) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select:

  • Principles of Petroleum Geology (GL3018) OR Structural Geology & Tectonics (GL3027)
  • Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology (GL3520) OR Sedimentology (GL3521)
  • Introduction to the Solid State (PX3016) OR Research Skills in Physics (PX3017).

Plus select further 15 credit points from courses of choice.

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

Introduction to the Solid State (PX3016) - 15 Credit Points

Research and Computing Skills (PX3017) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 4

Compulsory Courses

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

Project A (PX4011) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select:

  • Case Studies in the Physics (PX4007) OR Statistical Physics and Stochastic Systems (PX4012)
  • Structure of Matter and the Universe (PX4510) OR Nuclear and Semiconductor Physics (PX4516) OR Analytical Mechanics and Elements of General Relativity (PX4517)

Select a further 30 credit points from level 4 courses in Geology.

Case Studies in the Physical Sciences (PX4007) - 15 Credit Points

Statistical Physics and Stochastic Systems (PX4012) - 15 Credit Points

Structure of Matter and the Universe (PX4510) - 15 Credit Points

Nuclear and Semiconductor Physics (PX4516) - 15 Credit Points

Analytical Mechanics and Elements of General Relativity (PX4517)

Year 1 Compulsory Courses Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001) The Earth Through Geological Time (GL1005) - 15 Credit Points The Physical Universe A (PX1015) - 15 Credit Points Calculus i (MA1005) - 15 Credit Points Algebra (MA1006) - 15 Credit...

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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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