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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Geology

Programme code:BS-GEOLUCAS code:F600
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Daniel Morgan Contact

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

Normally three A-Levels at grades ABB, including two of: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Geography, Mathematics, Physics. If Geography and Geology are taken together, another science is preferred as third subject. Excludes General Studies

International Baccalaureate: Normally 34 points overall, with 16 at the Higher Level, to include 5 points in two relevant subjects, one of which must be a Maths or a Science subject.

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 Taught Student Education Committee

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

These can be found at:

Professional Body Offering Accreditation:

Geological Society of London

Programme specification:

The programme will allow students to:
- be educated across the full range of the geological sciences, encouraging and enabling students to acquire a good background of geological knowledge;
- be trained in field and relevant laboratory techniques;
- develop investigative and communication skills;
- gain a good foundation for those who will embark on careers as professional geologists;
- access a course of sufficient breadth and intellectual training to suit the needs of those who will eventually work outside the subject area.

The BSc. Geology degree programme will be put forward for accreditation by the Geological Society. The syllabus has been designed with accreditation goals and criteria in mind and the School has long experience of delivering accredited programmes. 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 geological terminology and nomenclature, and the skills for the identification and 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 the geological sciences including human impacts on the environment and the impacts of geohazards on human societies, and to appreciate the contribution of the discipline of geology 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;
- 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;
- opportunity to include an industrial placement year;
- flexible part-time study option, the order in which modules are to be taken being by individual arrangement between the student and the programme convener.

Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE1052Our Habitable Planet20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE1620The Rock Cycle20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE1630Field, GIS and Research Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SOEE1640Earth Through Time20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE1670Geology and Society20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE16803D Earth20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Year2 - View timetable

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

The level 2 syllabus of the programme is still under development. It will likely comprise an array of core modules that cover similar learning outcomes to those of the second year of the predecessor programme, visible at:

Compulsory modules:

SOEE2900Petrology and Geochemistry20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE2910Palaeoenvironmental Analysis20 creditsNot running until 202122
SOEE2920Professional and Programming Skills  creditsNot running until 202122
SOEE2930Advanced Mapping and GIS  credits 
SOEE2940Applied Geoscience20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE2950Sedimentary Basins and their Resources  credits 
SOEE2960Resources from Rocks and Minerals10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE2980Global Tectonics  credits 

Year3 - View timetable

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

The level 3 syllabus of the programme is still under development. It will likely comprise an array of core modules and a dissertation that cover similar learning outcomes to those of the third year of the predecessor programme, visible at:

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits from the following optional modules

SOEE3060Advanced Sedimentology and its Applications10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE3092Applied Micropalaeontology10 creditsNot running in 202021
SOEE3100Geochemistry  credits 
SOEE3130Planetary Geosciences  credits 
SOEE3135Engineering Geology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE3140Pollution Dispersion  credits 
SOEE3170Volcanology  credits 
SOEE3180The Ozone Hole: Science and Policy  credits 
SOEE3282Groundwater10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE3521Earth and Environmental Sciences into Schools10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SOEE3600Ore Deposits and their Exploitation10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE3800Production Geosciences10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Year4 - View timetable

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Last updated: 28/05/2021 09:04:11


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