Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Our Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences has been offering evening study courses for over 70 years and is ranked in the top 3 departments in the country. You will learn in an environment of active research and be taught by lecturers who are working at the forefront of their specialisms. Studying with us will give you access to world'class research facilities. We retain close links with UCL's Department of Earth Sciences, sharing expertise, facilities and events across the 2 institutions, including live streaming of lectures and digital lecture notes. We are part of the joint UCL'Birkbeck Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences (IEPS). We offer residential field'trips to sites in Greece, Morocco, Scotland, Spain and Wales. Birkbeck is different: classes are in the evening, so you can work, volunteer or do your own thing during the day. Record numbers of students are doing just that and getting a head start on their future careers.

Course Modules

All years: modules include: introduction to geology; invertebrate palaeontology; earth history; introduction to geochemistry; foundations of mineralogy; assessed field techniques 1.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £13,000  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
6 years
Part Time
BSc (Hons) £9,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
6 years
Part Time
BSc (Hons) £6,750  Academic year. First year home fees
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:

  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Higher
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Mature entry
  • Interview
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • Course specific
  • GCE AS-level
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • Tariff 120

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26% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 55%

Total Coursework: 35%

Total Practical: 10%