Undergraduate study in Geology

What can you study in Geology?

You can study Geology as a specialisation in the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) (BAdvSci(Hons)). From 2019 you can also study Geology as a pathway in the Earth Sciences major of a Bachelor of Science (BSc)

This specialisation will provide you with a strong foundation in the following topics:

  • Geological skills
  • Earth history
  • Rocks and minerals
  • Earth structure and tectonics

We’ve created a compulsory course in field and laboratory geology skills, which will provide you with an opportunity for advanced practice and research preparation. In your fourth year, you’ll tackle an independent research project and dissertation under the guidance of an academic mentor.

Structuring your BAdvSci(Hons) specialisation in Geology, from 2019

Your BAdvSci(Hons) programme will consist of a number of courses worth 15 points each, totalling 480 points. For your Geology specialisation you must complete the following courses:   

45 points:

75 points:

30 points:

45 points from:

60 points from:

60 points:

Where can undergraduate study in Geology take you?

Geologists are in demand globally. From meeting challenges associated with sustaining energy supplies and new infrastructure development, to developing low-carbon economies, and understanding, and mitigating against changing climates, there are many exciting opportunities available.

Our geologists find employment locally and internationally, working for environmental consultancies, engineering companies, the resource/ energy sector, and for local authorities and the central government.

Where our Geology graduates work

  • Environmental management
  • Land development, engineering geological ground investigations
  • Natural hazards monitoring, management and mitigation
  • Sustainable mineral exploration and extraction
  • Groundwater management

Further study options

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Science
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Engineering Geology
  • Doctor of Philosophy 

Scholarships and awards

Each year we award scholarships and prizes to thousands of students.

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for, search available scholarships or begin an application by visiting Scholarships and awards.

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