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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MGeol, BSc Geological Sciences (International)

Programme code:MGLS-GEOLSC9UCAS code:F601
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Thomas Mueller Contact address:T.Mueller@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 480

Entry requirements:

Normally three A-Levels at grades A*AA, including two of: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Geography or Environmental studies (not both), Mathematics, Physics. Excludes General Studies.

- International Baccalaureate: Normally 38 points overall, with 18 at the Higher Level.
- Scottish Highers: Normally AAAAA.

Other Qualifications (Access to HE Diploma, BTEC etc): Please refer to our website or email us.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Earth and Environment

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Earth and Environment

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies (ES3)

Programme specification:

Students on this four year Integrated Masters programme spend their first two years in Leeds, spend their third year studying abroad at one of our many partner Universities, and complete their final year in Leeds. The programme offers students the opportunity:

- to be educated across the full range of Geological Sciences, encouraging and enabling students to acquire a good background of geological knowledge;
- to be trained in field and relevant laboratory techniques;
- the opportunity to deepen and broaden their geological studies within an International academic culture, and carry out fieldwork at world-class geological sites abroad;
- the opportunity to experience a year abroad in an alternative social and cultural environment;
- to develop investigative and communication skills;
- to gain a strong foundation for those who will embark on postgraduate study and/or careers as professional geologists, with an emphasis upon Masters level independent research plus Masters level taught modules in applied subjects during year 4;
- to access a course of sufficient breadth and intellectual training to suit the needs of those who will eventually work outside the subject area.

The degree programme is accredited by the Geological Society. Graduates from an accredited course gain fast-track progression towards obtaining Chartered Geologist status, which is the key professional qualification for a career in some commercial spheres of employment.

The programme fulfils national subject benchmark criteria in terms of:

- developing a multi-disciplinary and an interdisciplinary approach to Earth systems, an holistic view of the materials, structure, processes and interactions of the Earth's core, mantle, crust, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere;
- developing an understanding of major geoscience paradigms including uniformitarianism, geological time, plate tectonics, and evolution of life on Earth and an appreciation of relevant temporal and spatial scales;
- allowing students to become equipped with Earth science terminology and nomenclature, and the skills to identify and for the classification of Earth materials;
- providing methods of acquiring, interpreting and analysing field and laboratory data with a critical understanding of the appropriate contexts for their use, including the collection and documentation of geological field data, for production and interpretation of geological maps;
- enabling students to develop an awareness of issues concerning the exploration, development, exploitation, sustainability and different value sets relating to Earth resources, to contribute to informed debate on aspects of Earth science including human impacts on the environment and the impacts of geohazards on human societies, and to appreciate the contribution of the subject of Earth science to the development of knowledge and its applicability to the world of work.

The strengths of the degree programme here in Leeds include:

- a learning experience within an environment of active research (grade 5 RAE status);
- strong theoretical and applied themes developed and interlinked;
- emphasis on field skills and independent mapping or laboratory projects;
- extensive communication, employment-related and team skills development;
- excellent preparation for postgraduate research or further taught Masters programmes;
- opportunity to include an industrial placement year. Note that UK students should ascertain from their LEA whether they may receive funding support for the extra year in industry.

Students are allocated to partner universities during the first semester of second year, and are normally expected to include a minimum of two weeks' fieldwork in their selection of modules during their year abroad. Allocation is made by the Study Abroad Office.

Progression criteria: Unless extenuating circumstances determine otherwise, the following conditions shall apply. Students are normally expected to maintain an average mark of e normally expected to maintain an average mark of at least 65 in their 1st year in order to remain on the programme. In addition students will also be expected to maintain an average mark of at least 60 in their 2nd year in order to remain on the programme. If a student fails to maintain these requirements they will be transferred to the BSc equivalent programme.

Transfer arrangements: Students transferring to the MGeol Geological Sciences programme from the BSc Geological Sciences programme are expected to attain a minimum 60% average in year 1 and year 2, and transfer is conditional upon securing a study abroad place at one of the approved partner Universities. Dropping below 60% in second year with automatically lead to transfer onto a BSc (International) programme.

Students who fail the year abroad will automatically revert to the relevant BSc programme and will take the 3rd (final) year of the BSc programme in Leeds.

Rules for Award: At the end of the year abroad, the School receives a transcript from the exchange university showing the grades received for each module. These grades are then converted to Leeds marks using a formula specific to each partner institution and specified in the learning contract. The mark achieved during the year abroad is represented by the module SOEE9001 (120 credits).

The marks for 2nd, 3rd and 4th years are combined in the ratio 1:1:1 or 1:1:2 to achieve the highest average.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE1020Ice Age Environments10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE1042Our Habitable Planet10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE1475GIS and Data Analysis10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1570Geology 130 creditsSemester 1
SOEE1580Geology 230 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1590Geology Tutorials10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

NB
- Failure to attend any part of a compulsory field class is likely to impact critically on subsequent understanding and performance.
- Failure to attend a significant part or all of a field class will inevitably require that the student attends the class in the following year. This may prevent progression to the next level of study until the field class has been attended.

Optional modules:

Students with A level Maths, and/or AS level Maths (grade A-C) or equivalent do NOT need to register for SOEE1481. Students with less than a C grade at AS level MUST register for SOEE1481.
Students entering the programme of study without A Level Chemistry at grade C or above MUST register for SOEE1135.

These modules are Pass for Progression.

SOEE1135Foundation Chemistry10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE1481Foundation Mathematics 1
Pre-requisite for: SOEE1486
10 creditsSemester 1

Students should select up to 20 credits from the following optional modules.

Students with A Level Pure or Further Maths may be excluded from studying SOEE1302 depending on the units taken and grade and should seek advice from the Module and/or Programme Leader before enrolling for this module.

Students with A Level Maths at Grade C or above should NOT register for SOEE1486.

SOEE1034Natural Hazards10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE1120Vertebrate Evolution10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1281Atmosphere10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1302Advanced Mathematics 1
Pre-requisite for: SOEE1312 and SOEE2431
10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE1312Advanced Mathematics 210 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1486Foundation Mathematics 2
Pre-requisite for: SOEE1302
10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Students may study up to 10 credits of Discovery Modules.


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students should select 10 credits from the following optional modules.

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules.

Students who are enrolled for SOEE2631 Introduction to Geophysics may be eligible to enrol for SOEE2630 Fundamentals of Geophysics instead. SOEE2630 is recommended for students who are intending to take SOEE3800 Production Geosciences in Level 3. SOEE2630, if taken, is also Pass for Progression.

SOEE2010Chemistry of the Earth10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2050Deformation Processes10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE2062Sedimentary Processes10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2095Research and Career Skills10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE2145Palaeoecology, Palaeobiology and Evolution10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2180Field, Map and GIS Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE2590Mineralogy and Petrology20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE2600Sedimentary Basins and Hydrocarbon Resources10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE2631Introduction to Geophysics10 creditsSemester 1

NB
- Failure to attend any part of a compulsory field class is likely to impact critically on subsequent understanding and performance.
- Failure to attend a significant part or all of a field class will inevitably require that the student attends the class in the following year. This may prevent progression to the next level of study until the field class has been attended.

Optional modules:

Students on the four-year MGeol programme can select any one module from below.

Students on the three-year BSc degree programme or four-year BSc Industrial or International degree programme are recommended to select their optional module according to the following guidance depending on their preferred pathway in Level 3:

- Students for the 'Geology Pathway' can select any one module from below.
- Students for the 'Petroleum Pathway' are recommended to take SOEE1302 if they have not taken it in year 1 of study, otherwise students are recommended to take either SOEE2490 or SOEE2500.
- Students for the 'Minerals Pathway' are recommended to take SOEE2580.
- Candidates for the 'Environment Pathway' are recommended to take SOEE2460.

Note : Students with A Level Pure or Further Maths may be excluded from studying SOEE1301 depending on the units taken and grade and should seek advice from the Module and/or Programme Leader before enrolling for this module.

SOEE1302Advanced Mathematics 110 creditsSemester 1
SOEE1312Advanced Mathematics 210 creditsSemester 2
SOEE2110Introductory Oceanography10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2460Contaminated Land Studies: Integrating Business Skills and Science in Consultancy10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE2490Formation Evaluation10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2500Petroleum Reservoir Engineering10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE2580Gemstones10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE2620Explosive Volcanism: Processes, deposits and resources10 creditsSemester 2

- Students who have taken SOEE1302 or SOEE1312 in their first year are not permitted to repeat these modules in their second year.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Exchange Universities for Geological Sciences currently include:

- Purdue University, USA
- University of California, USA (Campuses: Davis, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego)
- Colorado School of Mines, USA
- University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
- Queens University, Canada
- University of Alberta, Canada
- University of Calgary, Canada
- University of Western Australia, Australia
- University of Queensland, Australia
- ANU, Australia
- University of Adelaide, Australia
- Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
- Western University, Canada
- Penn State University, USA
- Dalhousie University, Canada
- University of Toronto, Canada
- University of Victoria, Canada
- University of Auckland, New Zealand

In addition, an MGeol degree can be allowed with a year at the following foreign language partner(s), IF the language capability of the student is at a comparable level to a native speaker:

ETH Zurich

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be obliged to study the following compulsory module. A mark for this module is calculated according to a translation scheme specific to each destination:

SOEE9001Study Year Abroad120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2


Year4 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following modules:

SOEE5305MGeological Sciences Field Project (MGeol)30 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5309MMGeol Research Project50 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Students MUST take at least ONE of the following fieldtrip modules:

SOEE5606MEaster Field Class - Geological Science (MGeol)10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5608MEnvironmental Geology in Northern Ireland10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5616MNorth Sea Reservoir Analogues10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5841MGeology and Mineral Exploration in Northern Ireland (MGeol)10 creditsSemester 2

Students will be required to study 30 credits from the following optional modules.
Students who select SOEE5232M cannot take SOEE5630M

SOEE5195MEngineering Geology15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5232MBiogeochemical Cycles of the Earth System15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE5234MIsotope Geochemistry15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5620MAdvanced Sedimentology and its Applications15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5626MStructural Geology15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5630MVolcanic Processes15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5640MMountain Belt Processes15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5645MPlate Tectonics and Geodynamics (MGeol)15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5651MPetroleum Geoscience Case Studies15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5656MPast Global Environmental Systems15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5660MOre Deposits and their Exploitation15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Last updated: 29/05/2019

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