Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This is a very exciting time for planetary science, with new data being returned by spacecraft from the Moon, Mars, Venus and Saturn, with forthcoming missions to Jupiter, Pluto, several asteroids and a comet, and with planets now being discovered orbiting other stars. There is also considerable scientific interest in the likelihood of life elsewhere in the universe. On this course you will learn more about all of this and develop your knowledge of the solar system and its astronomical context.

Course Modules

Modules in year 1 include: Foundations of astronomy; foundations of mineralogy; geology of the solar system 1: Introduction to planetary and lunar geology; introduction to geochemistry; introduction to geology; year 2 ' compulsory modules: geology of the solar system ii: beyond the earth'moon system; geophysics; igneous petrology; introduction to astrobiology; option modules may include: Assessed field techniques 1; assessed field techniques 2; earth history; metamorphic petrology; principles of sedimentology; structural geology 1; years 3 and 4 ' compulsory modules: Advanced topics in planetary science; comets, asteroids and meteorites; physics of the sun; volcanism in the solar system; option modules may include: Assessed field techniques 3; assessed field techniques 4; chemistry of the earth's surface environment; earth's resources and raw materials; exploration geophysics; geological hazards; magmatic processes; structural geology 2.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 - 4 years
Part Time Evening
BSc (Hons) £9,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 - 4 years
Part Time Evening
BSc (Hons) £6,750  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Mature entry
  • GCE A-level

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25% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 74%

Total Coursework: 20%

Total Practical: 6%