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. There is the opportunity to take a year's study at a foreign university.

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; applied geophysics; geochemistry; structural analysis and remote sensing; field methods in geology. Year 3: advanced concepts and techniques in geology; independent geological field mapping; advanced topics in sedimentology; volcanology; advanced techniques in tectonic and structural interpretation; mineral resources; advanced palaeontology; aqueous geology; planetary geology and geophysics; applied geology.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £15,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

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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100% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 100%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 93%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 93%

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

65% Go on to work and/or study

In work 40
Studying 25
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 20
Unknown 15

49% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 50%

Total Coursework: 47%

Total Practical: 3%

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

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