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PLANETARY SCIENCES (GRADUATE CERTIFICATE): 2-YEAR

Birkbeck, University of London

  • October, 2019 Start Date

  • 2 years Duration

  • Part Time Study Mode

  • £2100.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

Planetary Science is an exciting area of study, as new data returning from current planetary probes and rovers expands and deepens our understanding of the geology of other planets. If you have an undergraduate degree in earth sciences or geology, but want to increase your knowledge of planetary sciences, then this course will bring you up to date with developments in the field. The specialist knowledge you acquire could help you change career, or build a career within the planetary sciences and education, or enable you to progress onto doctoral research at PhD level.

You will be taught by academics who are actively engaged in cutting-edge planetary research that is expanding the boundaries of knowledge. We cover planetary surfaces and remote sensing, volcanic activity on Earth and other planets, the nature of comets, asteroids and meteorites, and the internal structure and origin of planets, as well as offering advanced modules in astronomy, scientific computing, and the design of, and participation in, an analogue field mission. You can choose from a range of modules and put together a programme that matches, expands and deepens your particular interests.

This is an undergraduate-level qualification that will prepare you for postgraduate study. Graduate Certificates/Diplomas typically take one to two years to complete and are made up of two, three or four modules at final-year undergraduate degree level (worth 60, 90 or 120 credits).

Planetary Science is an exciting area of study, as new data returning from current planetary probes and rovers expands and deepens our understanding of the geology of other planets. If you have an undergraduate degree in earth sciences or geology, but want to increase your knowledge of planetary sciences, then this course will bring you up to date with developments in the field. The specialist...

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Course Content

There are no core or compulsory modules: you choose from a range of advanced option modules from the final year of our BSc Planetary Science with Astronomy.

You choose four modules worth 15 credits each, to a total of 60 credits.

OPTION MODULES

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

Most of our modules are taught every other year, so not every module is available every year, but all are available over the two-year period of the Graduate Certificate.

There are no core or compulsory modules: you choose from a range of advanced option modules from the final year of our BSc Planetary Science with Astronomy. You choose four modules worth 15 credits each, to a total of 60 credits. OPTION MODULES Advanced Topics in Planetary Science Comets, Asteroids and...

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Available Dates

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Birkbeck, University of London

Part Time, 2 years

October, 2019

£2100.00

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a BSc degree in geology, earth sciences, geological sciences, or equivalent, and have a basic knowledge of the architecture of the solar system.

Those wishing to enrol on the Field Class for Planetary Science module must have some previous experience of fieldwork at undergraduate level.

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).

Applicants should hold a BSc degree in geology, earth sciences, geological sciences, or equivalent, and have a basic knowledge of the architecture of the solar system. Those wishing to enrol on the Field Class for Planetary Science module must have some previous experience of fieldwork at undergraduate level. INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS If...

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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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