2023/24 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue
|Programme code:||BS-GEOL||UCAS code:||F600|
|Duration:||3 Years||Method of Attendance:||Full Time|
|Programme manager:||Dr David Ferguson||Contact address:||D.J.Ferguson@leeds.ac.uk|
Total credits: 360
A-level: ABB including two from: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Economics, Environmental Science, Geology, Geography, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology. If Geography and Geology are taken together, another science is preferred as third subject. Offers exclude general studies.
GCSE: English and Mathematics at grade C (4) or above, or an equivalent appropriate English language and Mathematics qualification.
For International Baccalaureate, 34 points overall, with 16 points at higher level to include 5 points in two relevant subjects, one of which must be in mathematics or a science subject.
For Scottish Highers, AABBB overall with BB in 2 Advanced Highers (AH). For non-AH applicants AABBBB. To include 2 relevant subjects.
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:
Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies (ES3)
Professional Body Offering Accreditation:
Geological Society of London (Due 2022)
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
Year1 - View timetable
Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:
|SOEE1620||The Rock Cycle||20 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|SOEE1630||Field, GIS and Research Skills||20 credits||Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)|
|SOEE1640||Earth Through Time||20 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|SOEE1670||Geology and Society||20 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|SOEE1680||3D Earth||20 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
Students should select 20 credits from the following optional modules:
Students should select 20 credits from the following optional modules, using the guidance below.
SOEE1481 and SOEE1135 are foundational modules that bring skills in maths and chemistry up to a common standard. Students who do not have A level and/or AS level Maths (grade A-C) or equivalent MUST register for SOEE1481. Students who do not have A Level Chemistry at grade C or above MUST register for SOEE1135. If required to be taken, then these modules are Pass for Progression. If in doubt, please consult your academic personal tutor or the programme leader.
Students who already have A Level/AS Level Maths and/or A Level Chemistry that meet the above conditions are prohibited from registering for these modules (SOEE1481 and SOEE1135).
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.
|SOEE1034||Natural Hazards||10 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|SOEE1053||Our Habitable Planet||10 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|SOEE1120||Vertebrate Evolution||10 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|SOEE1135||Foundation Chemistry||10 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|SOEE1281||Atmosphere||10 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|SOEE1302||Advanced Mathematics 1||10 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|SOEE1312||Advanced Mathematics 2||10 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|SOEE1481||Foundation Mathematics 1||10 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
Year2 - View timetable
Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules
|SOEE2900||Petrology and Geochemistry||20 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|SOEE2910||Palaeoenvironmental Analysis||20 credits||Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)|
|SOEE2931||Advanced Skills for Geoscientists||20 credits||Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)|
|SOEE2940||Applied Geosciences||20 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|SOEE2950||Sedimentary Basins and their Resources||10 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|SOEE2960||Resources from Rocks and Minerals||10 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|SOEE2980||Global Tectonics||20 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
- 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 in the absence of a valid extenuating circumstance 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.
Year3 - View timetable
|SOEE3041||Easter Field Class-Geology||10 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|SOEE3073||Independent Field Projects (GS)||40 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|SOEE3470||Plate Tectonics and Geodynamics||10 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|SOEE3480||Past Global Environmental Systems||10 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|SOEE3490||Mountain Belt Processes||10 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
Students should select up to 40 credits from the following options.
|SOEE3060||Advanced Sedimentology and its Applications||10 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|SOEE3110||Earth System Science: Biogeochemical Cycles||10 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|SOEE3135||Engineering Geology||10 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|SOEE3171||Volcanic Processes||10 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|SOEE3282||Groundwater||10 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|SOEE3451||Structural Geology for the Future||10 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|SOEE3600||Ore Deposits and their Exploitation||10 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|SOEE3630||Strategic Energy Issues||10 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
Last updated: 13/09/2023 12:02:25
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