Royal Holloway, University of London

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. Year 4: independent geoscience project; research proposal; applied sedimentology and stratigraphy; analysis of depositional environments; advanced igneous petrogenesis; seismic processing and interpretation; geodynamics and plate tectonics; interpretation of structural settings; coal geology; reservoir characterisation; terrestrial palaeoecology.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
5 years
MSci (Hons) £15,200 ???abroad???
5 years
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

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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

45% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 35%

Total Coursework: 58%

Total Practical: 7%

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

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