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Planetary Science with Astronomy

Birkbeck, University of London

  • October, 2019 Start Date

  • 4 years Duration

  • Part Time Study Mode

  • £6935.00 Course Fee

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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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Available Dates

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Birkbeck, University of London

Part Time, 4 years

October, 2019

£6935.00

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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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Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
100%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
88% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
100% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
100% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
100% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
100% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
88% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
88% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
88% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
76% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
47% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
94% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
88% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
82% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
88% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
100% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
88% 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
Learning resources
94% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
93% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
94% 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
65% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
87% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
88% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
94% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
63% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
50% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

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Statistics

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points0

  • Employment Rate65%

  • Average Graduate SalaryN/A

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