Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Environmental geology is a growing area of active research, because it provides insights into how the environment has evolved over geological time. Through our modular course structure and use of web'based material for distance learning, we aim to provide up'to'date reviews of research topics across relevant aspects of the earth sciences. Our teaching is informed by considerable research into environmental issues, which is ongoing in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Current research focuses on areas such as metal pollution, coastal erosion, mineralogy, earthquake prediction, palaeoclimatology and palaeontology.

Course Modules

This is a 2'year course and you will need to gain 60 credits. This will normally include four 15'credit modules plus a 30'credit project. Note that advanced modules are usually taught in alternate years and will not be available every year.

You can choose 3 modules taken from Years 3 and 4 of the BSc Environmental Geology.

Option modules:

Assessed Field Techniques 3;

Assessed Field Techniques 4;

Chemistry and Pollution of Water, Soil and Air;

Earth's Resources and Raw Materials;

Environmental Isotopes;

Geological Hazards;

Palaeoclimatology .

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Part Time
Graduate Certificate

Qualifications required:

  • Certificate of Higher Education in Geology or previous study to that level.
  • If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.