Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This course allows you to combine your studies and consider issues such as pollution, water resources, planning and waste disposal. As well as attending the course at Birkbeck in central London, you can also study by distance learning via our online learning environment, so you can access course materials and recordings of lectures wherever you are in the world ' and whenever it suits you. We meet the Geological Society's recommendation of a minimum of 100 days of fieldwork in a BSc programme; each year, students attend a major residential field course of 10'14 days. They also attend numerous 1'day and weekend field trips and are encouraged to undertake a substantial amount of independent field research. Field courses are designed to complement the lecture programme and laboratory'based practical classes. In the field, students have the opportunity to cement their theoretical understanding of geology with practical experience. At the same time, they develop the skills they need to pursue independent research. We regularly update our field itineraries to keep up with changes in our curriculum. Currently, we take students to the Isle of Skye (year 1), North'West Scotland (year 2), and Cyprus and Spain (years 3 and 4). Find out more about our fieldwork opportunities.

Course Modules

In Years 1 and 2, you will share compulsory modules with the BSc Geology. Once these are completed, you choose from a range of option modules that concentrate on specific environmental aspects. You may also choose modules in other subjects offered by Birkbeck to complement your geological studies or to broaden your scientific background and skills; you will also complete an environmental project.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Distance Learning
BSc (Hons)
4 years
Part Time Evening
BSc (Hons) £9,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Part Time Evening
BSc (Hons) £6,750  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Mature entry
  • GCE A-level EE-AA