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BSc in Planetary Science with Astronomy (Part Time)

Birkbeck, University of London

Bachelor Degree , Planetary Science

Course Description

This is a very exciting time for planetary science, with new data being returned by spacecraft from the Moon, Mars, Venus and Saturn, with forthcoming missions to Jupiter, Pluto, several asteroids and a comet, and with planets now being discovered orbiting other stars. There is also considerable scientific interest in the likelihood of life elsewhere in the universe. On this course you can learn more about all of this and develop your knowledge of the solar system and its astronomical context. You can also study by distance learning, wherever you are in the world.

This is a very exciting time for planetary science, with new data being returned by spacecraft from the Moon, Mars, Venus and Saturn, with forthcoming missions to Jupiter, Pluto, several asteroids and a comet, and with planets now being discovered orbiting other stars. There is also considerable scientific interest in the likelihood of life elsewhere in the universe. On this course you can...

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Course Content

YEAR 1 COMPULSORY MODULES

  • Foundations of Astronomy
  • Foundations of Mineralogy
  • Geology of the Solar System I: Introduction to Planetary and Lunar Geology
  • Introduction to Geochemistry
  • Introduction to Geology

YEAR 2 COMPULSORY MODULES

  • Geology of the Solar System II: Beyond the Earth-Moon System
  • Geophysics
  • Igneous Petrology
  • Introduction to Astrobiology

YEAR 2 OPTION MODULES

  • Assessed Field Techniques 1
  • Earth History
  • Earth's Surface Geology
  • Structural Geology I

YEARS 3/4 COMPULSORY MODULES

  • Comets, Asteroids and Meteorites
  • Exploration and Modelling of Planetary Interiors
  • Physical Principles of Astronomy
  • Remote Sensing and Planetary Surfaces
  • Scientific Computing and Data Modelling
  • Volcanism in the Solar System

YEARS 3/4 OPTION MODULES

  • Field Class for Planetary Science
  • Global Tectonics
  • Metamorphic Petrology
  • Principles of Sedimentology
  • Structural Geology I

BSC PLANETARY SCIENCE WITH ASTRONOMY PROJECT

  • Project BSc Earth and Planetary Sciences

YEAR 1 COMPULSORY MODULES Foundations of Astronomy Foundations of Mineralogy Geology of the Solar System I: Introduction to Planetary and Lunar Geology Introduction to Geochemistry Introduction to Geology YEAR 2 COMPULSORY MODULES Geology of the Solar System II:...

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Entry Requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES

Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in a science-based subject.

Students who successfully complete Birkbeck's Certificate of Higher Education in Earth History and Palaeontology, Geology, Mineralogy and Volcanology or Planetary Science with Astronomy will be considered for a place on the BSc, with the possibility of exemption from the first-year modules.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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