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Physics with Geology

University of Aberdeen

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 4 years Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £9250.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

Geology is the study of the Earth and how it works: its minerals, rocks, their structure and interactions above and below Earth's surface. It is also concerned with unravelling Earth history, including the history of life, and predicting future geologic events. Geophysics applies mathematics, the principles of physics, and modelling to study the Earth’s interior and investigates the Earth’s electromagnetic and gravitational fields.

At first sight, these two subjects, may appear very different however they are not. A Geophysicist explores the same problems as a Geologist but by application of physical, numerical, and computer technology methods and particularly physics based techniques to the study of Earth’s interior and for the exploration of natural resources. If you have ever wondered how volcanoes or earthquakes happen, why Tyrannosaurus is extinct, why mountains form, how oil and gas forms and how to find and produce it, or how climate changes over time, ask a Geophysicist.

Geology is the study of the Earth and how it works: its minerals, rocks, their structure and interactions above and below Earth's surface. It is also concerned with unravelling Earth history, including the history of life, and predicting future geologic events. Geophysics applies mathematics, the principles of physics, and modelling to study the Earth’s interior and investigates the...

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Course Content

You must choose options in your first two years in your joint Honours subject. At years 3 and 4 course options are prescribed, with key options in both subjects being studied.

  • Year 1

Four core courses with the remaining credits being made up through choices. Two different paths available in year 1.

Compulsory Courses

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

Earth's Materials (GL1505) - 15 Credit Points

The Physical Universe A (PX1015) - 15 Credit Points

The Physical Universe B (PX1513) - 15 Credit Points

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Calculus i (MA1005) - 15 Credit Points

Algebra (MA1006) - 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)
  • Linear Algebra (MA2008)
  • Analysis I (MA2009)

Stratigraphical Principles (GL2014) - 15 Credit Points

Linear Algebra i (MA2008) - 15 Credit Points

Analysis i (MA2009) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Energy and Matter (PX3014) - 15 Credit Points

Quantum Mechanics (PX3511) - 15 Credit Points

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

Electricity and Magnetism (PX3512) - 15 Credit Points

Research and Computing Skills (PX3017) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select two of the following:

  • Principles of Petroleum Geology (GL3018)
  • Structural Geology & Tectonics (GL3027)
  • Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology (GL3520)
  • Sedimentology (GL3521)

Plus one of the following:

  • Advanced Practical Physics (PX3510)
  • Structure of Matter and the Universe (PX4510)

Principles of Petroleum Geology (GL3018) - 15 Credit Points

Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology (GL3520) - 15 Credit Points

Structural Geology & Tectonics (GL3027) - 15 Credit Points

Sedimentology (GL3521) - 15 Credit Points

Advanced Practical Physics (PX3510) - 15 Credit Points

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

  • Year 4

Compulsory Courses

Project (PX4013) - 45 Credit Points

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

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

Optional Courses

Select one of the courses listed below:

  • Structure of Matter and the Universe (PX4510)
  • Modelling Theory (PX4514)

Plus 30 credit points of choice from Geology courses (GL Course Code).

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

Modelling Theory (PX4514) - 15 Credit Points

You must choose options in your first two years in your joint Honours subject. At years 3 and 4 course options are prescribed, with key options in both subjects being studied. Year 1 Four core courses with the remaining credits being made up through choices. Two different paths available in year 1. Compulsory...

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Available Dates

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King's College Aberdeen

Full Time, 4 years

September, 2020

£9250.00

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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 Mathematics and Physics 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 Mathematics and Physics 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 Mathematics and Physics 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 Mathematics and Physics by the end of your senior phase of education.

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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Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
PHYSICS
88%
of students were satisfied overall
EARTH SCIENCES
74%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
PHYSICS
83% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
89% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
89% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
81% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
EARTH SCIENCES
81% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
100% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
74% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
70% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
PHYSICS
83% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
72% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
89% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
EARTH SCIENCES
70% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
59% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
85% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
PHYSICS
51% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
68% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
49% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
63% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
EARTH SCIENCES
56% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
78% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
35% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
42% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
PHYSICS
80% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
71% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
65% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
EARTH SCIENCES
100% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
78% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
60% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
PHYSICS
67% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
83% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
88% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
EARTH SCIENCES
59% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
48% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
56% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
PHYSICS
81% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
89% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
89% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
EARTH SCIENCES
63% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
67% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
70% 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
PHYSICS
74% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
93% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
EARTH SCIENCES
67% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
78% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
PHYSICS
86% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
78% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
60% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
34% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests
EARTH SCIENCES
81% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
85% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
61% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
17% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

Did not participate.

Statistics for Physics

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points96

  • Employment Rate92%

  • Average Graduate Salary£20000

Statistics for Earth Sciences

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points112

  • Employment Rate85%

  • Average Graduate Salary£20000

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