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In the BSc Geology programme we are committed to high quality teaching, informed by the research and professional experience of the academic staff. Our purpose is to produce graduates that are well prepared for direct recruitment into the resources and geotechnical industries; appropriately prepared for further study at MSc level, for direct entry to PhD programmes and employable in business and finance. Our goal is to provide a holistic education that produces Geology graduates with a comprehensive understanding of current thinking across the discipline, and a broad portfolio of technical and communication skills. We aim to engender in our students an ability to analyse, synthesise, summarise and critically evaluate evidence from a range of sources to formulate and test hypotheses. Hence we emphasise field-based problem solving and the independent field research project as key components of our students’ education. Our approach is to seamlessly integrate theory and practice with an emphasis on active learning and critical thinking. In focusing on Geology as a practical subject, our students gain hands-on experience in the field in front of outcrops and in a variety of laboratory settings. The 4D (spatial and temporal) nature of geological phenomena demands an ability to synthesise a wide variety of data and to make decisions often based on incomplete information. Moreover our approach has to take account of the large dynamic range over length (nanometres to planetary) and time (microseconds to billions of years) with which our subject deals. We recognise the diverse nature of the subject and the broad range of aptitudes and career destinations of our graduates. We therefore deploy varied assessment strategies including continuous assessment, oral and poster presentations, group exercises, technical reports and dissertations, and written and practical examinations.
Geology graduates work in areas essential to understanding and protecting the environment, in industries using natural resources and developing infrastructure in roles such as geological surveyors, petroleum and mineral exploration and production geologists, mine geologists, hydrogeologists, oceanographers, geochemists, environmental consultants and engineering and structural geologists.
Graduate programmes include the UCD MSc in Subsurface Characterisation and Geomodelling. Graduates of this MSc course will be equipped with the skills and scientific understanding for a variety of applied geoscience careers. In addition, several UK universities offer MSc courses, in Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology, Oceanography and Mineral Exploration.
Students must take 10 core modules. Additional modules may be selected from the BSc programme or alternatively, students may select 10 credits from elective modules. Students must take GEOL20200 if not taken in Stage 2.
Students must take all 8 core modules.
|Module ID||Module Title||Trimester||Credits|
|GEOL30320||Geological Fieldwork (Stage 3)||Spring||5|
|GEOL30340||Low Temperature Geochemistry||Spring||5|
|GEOL30380||Geomaterials and Geoenergy||Spring||5|
|GEOL30400||Digital Geology and GIS||Spring||5|
|GEOL20180||Geoscience perspectives on the UN Sustainable Development Goals||Autumn||5|
|GEOL10050||Earth and Humanity||Autumn and Spring (separate)||5|
|GEOL20110||Global Environmental Change||Autumn and Spring (separate)||5|
|GEOL20240||Medical Geology||Autumn and Spring (separate)||5|
|GEOL30360||Work Placement - Geoscience||Autumn&Spring&Summer(separate)||5|
|GEOL30390||Geoscience Research Project||Autumn&Spring&Summer(separate)||5|
|GEOL10040||Earth, Environment and Society||Spring||5|
|GEOL20230||History of life on Earth||Spring||5|
|GEOL40510||Geological Mapping Research||2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)||20|
|GEOL40190||Igneous Petrology and Ore Geology||Autumn||5|
|GEOL40460||Advanced Geological Mapping||Autumn||5|
|Programme||Module Weightings||Rule Description||Description|
|BHSCI001||Stage 4 - 70.00%
Stage 3 - 30.00%
|Standard Honours Award||First Class Honours||
|Second Class Honours, Grade 1||
|Second Class Honours, Grade 2||