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Environmental Geoscience

Cardiff University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Cardiff
English
September 2020
Application deadline: International students 30 June
21,950 GBP

Program description

Environmental Geoscience

Explore different processes that happen on our planet, like acid rain and global warming, and find solutions to geological problems in the UK and around the world.

An environmental geoscientist uses their understanding of the planet and its processes to predict hazards like floods and earthquakes, clean up dangerous waste, and help civil engineers plan the construction of new roads, tunnels or buildings. On this three-year course, you will develop advanced skills in mapping, research, analysis and problem-solving.

South Wales has a rich geological history and is ideal for teaching how geology impacts on landscapes and industry. We make the most of our location and take regular day trips to areas of natural beauty and old industrial and mining sites, as well as overseas trips to places like Tenerife and Cyprus.

We’ve worked with industry to design our degree so you graduate with the specialist skills needed to be a professional environmental geoscientist.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

Grades ABB - BBB, including one science or grades BBB-BBC with two science subjects. Science subjects include Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Geology, Biology, Geography, Computer Science, Environmental Science. Please note, General Studies will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

In your first year, you will study core modules designed to give you a strong foundation in Earth sciences and geology. We start with the basic principles and cover topics like Earth's surface plates and internal structure, the minerals that make our planet and the evolution of life through billions of years of geological time. You will develop essential skills like mapping and surveying, microscopy and representing data in geographical information systems (GIS).

We will go on local field trips across South Wales and a week-long residential field trip to Pembrokeshire in West Wales to build on your learning from lectures and practical classes

In your second year, you will build on the knowledge from year one and start exploring more advanced concepts like geomorphology and hydrology, sedimentary processes, and the structures resulting from earthquakes and mountain building. You will gain skills and experience in sampling, data collection and analysis ready for your dissertation in year three.

We will go on residential field trips to Central and West Wales and Dorset. We will also go on day trips across South Wales to explore old mining centres and sites associated with geohazards such as landslides or metal contamination.

In the summer between year two and three, you will do a five-week independent project to prepare for your dissertation in year three. This will be focussed on an applied environmental problem such as the assessment of contaminated land or an analysis of stream or groundwater to find out whether it presents a hazard to human health.

In your third year, the core modules include your 40-credit dissertation and the 20 credit modules in Advanced Environmental Geology and Hazards, Risk and Resilience. For your optional modules, you can choose advanced geoscience or advanced geography fieldwork plus a range of specialist subjects like petroleum geology, past climates, or geodynamics.

Year four is when you study for your Masters. Your core modules include your dissertation (60 credits) and a fieldwork module. For your optional modules, you can choose from topics like business and consultancy and advanced geoscience modelling.

You can choose to do your Masters dissertation on any topic related to environmental geoscience that we can supervise in the School.

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK and EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £21,950

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

  • On successful completion of the entire Programme students will be able to demonstrate the following:
  • The ability to acquire, integrate and synthesise information to address complex problems in earth sciences
  • Knowledge and understanding of the structure of the Earth, its materials, lifeforms and resources and the processes that shape it at present and through geological time.
  • Ability to explain the role and impact of earth science in solving 21st century environmental challenges such as climate change, geohazards and the sustainability of energy, water and other natural resources to meet the needs of the world’s population.
  • Ability to explain the importance of applying geoscience to urban planning and infrastructure development and regeneration.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme students will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Comprehension and critical evaluation of science-based evidence to assess and formulate solutions to complex multi-component problems in earth sciences.
  • The ability to assemble and critically evaluate information in order to generate and interpret datasets in 2D, 3D and 4D to formulate realistic conceptual earth models as a tool for resource exploration, extraction and sustainable management
  • The capability to evaluate current research in the earth sciences, with commensurate appreciation of uncertainty and debate and limits to understanding.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme students will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to recognise and interpret rocks, minerals and fossils to determine the geological relationships and reconstruct the history of any particular sample/outcrop/region under study.
  • Understanding of the methods used to acquire geospatial data and represent such data in 2D and 3D using maps and digital platforms such as GIS, and the construction of conceptual ground models.
  • Analysis and portrayal of numerical data in earth sciences, including using appropriate software.
  • Problem solving involving integration and analysis of diverse and often incomplete earth science data and using appropriate qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
  • The ability to design, implement and safely carry out a programme of field- or laboratory-based research and report the findings effectively in writing.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme students will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to design, implement and manage a project through an independent dissertation.
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Application of the scientific method, numerical and spatial skills including visualization to the understanding of 3D (and 4D) data sets and their interpolation in space (and time).
  • Ability to communicate information and concepts effectively through oral, written and visual means to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • An understanding of the benefits of employment networking and continuing professional development.
  • Problem solving, reliability, loyalty, social conduct, tact, attitude to learning and research, leadership, resilience, decision-making and reasoning.

Career opportunities

Graduate Careers

  • Environmental Adviser
  • Software Analyst
  • Surveying
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Pollution Monitoring

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