Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Earth science is the study of the world around us. This course introduces you to a range of disciplines, from geophysics to palaeontology, and from volcanology to sedimentology.

As well as attending this 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.

The earth sciences cover a broad spectrum of research topics. You may have an interest in studying the evolution of life through the millennia, working with the fossil record to chart the development and extinction of species. You may be interested in looking at the dynamics involved in geohazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes. You may want to reconstruct ancient environments with an eye to addressing key environmental issues of our time, such as climate change and coastal erosion. Or you may wish to expand your general knowledge of the sciences, developing your skills of data collection and scientific analysis.

Course Modules

You take several compulsory modules in the first two years and then choose from a range of option modules. All students undertake a research project in Years 3 and 4, which involves study of databases provided by staff or outside institutions, with the option of collecting new data through laboratory research or fieldwork.

You may take optional fieldwork modules from the BSc Geology and BSc Environmental Geology.

Year 1 compulsory modules:

• Earth History

• Foundations of Mineralogy

• Introduction to Geochemistry

• Introduction to Geology

• Invertebrate Palaeontology

Year 2 compulsory modules:

• Geophysics

• Igneous Petrology

• Metamorphic Petrology

• Principles of Sedimentology

• Structural Geology I

Years 3 and 4 compulsory module:

• Project BSc Earth Sciences

Years 3 and 4 option modules:

• Advanced Palaeontology

• Chemistry and Pollution of Water, Soil and Air

• Earth's Resources and Raw Materials

• Exploration and Modelling of Planetary Interiors

• Field Class for Planetary Science

• Global Tectonics

• Magmatic Processes

• Palaeoecology

• Structural Geology II

• Vertebrate Palaeontology

• Volcanism in the Solar System

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £6,935 Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £10,025 Overseas Fees