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 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.

This is an undergraduate-level qualification that will prepare you for postgraduate study. Graduate Certificates/Diplomas typically take one to two years to complete and are made up of two, three or four modules at final-year undergraduate degree level (worth 60, 90 or 120 credits).

TEACHING

Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates can pursue a career in geology, industry, engineering, surveying and education. Possible professions include geologist, surveyor, or higher education lecturer. This degree can also be useful in becoming an environmental consultant, nature conservation officer, or commercial/residential surveyor.

Start Date:

One to three evenings a week. Offered as part-time study at Birkbeck or you can study by distance learning, wherever you are in the world..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Part Time Evening
Graduate Certificate £2,170 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
Graduate Certificate £3,170 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
Graduate Certificate £2,170 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Certificate of Higher Education in Geology or previous study to that level.
  • International entry requirements: 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.