Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Our teaching is closely linked to research strengths in the department. The course emphasises the chance to develop practical skills and participate in fieldwork around the world. You will be able to choose from the large range of subjects on offer. The Department boasts excellent facilities and strong links with industry Final year course units are linked to MSc classes.

Course Modules

Year 1: global tectonics; introductory sedimentology; environmental issues; igneous and metamorphic geology; physics and chemistry of the earth; earth structures; mathematics for geologists; introductory palaeontology. Year 2: stratigraphy and the history of life; regional geology; geohazards; geochemistry; field methods in geology. Year 3: advanced concepts and techniques in geology; global information systems and remote sensing; environmental geoscience report; methods of environmental investigation; advanced topics in sedimentology; aqueous geology; volcanology; mineral resources; applied geology. Year 4: independent environmental geoscience project; environmental field investigations; research proposal; water quality; air pollution; oceans and atmospheres; contaminated land; environmental inorganic analysis; palaeoclimates.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
MSci (Hons) £15,200 ???abroad???
4 years
Full Time
MSci (Hons) £9,000 ???home???

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level BBB-ABB
  • European Baccalaureate 75%
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • SQA Advanced Higher AB
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher

Key Course Information

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99% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 90%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 90%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 82%

£22,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

85% Go on to work and/or study

In work 50
Studying 35
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 5
Unknown 5

52% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 40%

Total Coursework: 58%

Total Practical: 2%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation