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Geology and Physics

Keele University
4 years
Bachelor's degree
On campus
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Program description

At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We proudly rank 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for the last three years. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too.

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Geology and Physics. For the Geology element of the course, you will look at rocks,
minerals and fossils, how they were formed, how they might
have been deformed or altered over geological time and what
they can tell us about the history of the Earth and its past
environments. It also covers geological processes such as
earthquakes, volcanoes and plate tectonics, and how these
processes produce different geological materials.

Geology is a practical subject with applied problem-solving
laboratory classes and field courses where you will learn how
to interpret and map geological features, and explore for future
geological resources. Field course transport and accommodation
costs are covered by the University.

Career opportunities in geology are excellent because industry and
modern society depends on geologists to find natural resources
such as oil, gas, coal, minerals, metals, aggregates and water.
Geologists are also needed for designing foundations, tunnels
and other engineering projects. You could go on to work in mining,
the oil and gas industry, hydrogeology or geotechnical engineering.
Geologists are also required for environmental projects such as
radioactive waste disposal or carbon dioxide capture and storage. Degrees studying Geology combined with another science subject
are accredited by the Geological Society of London.

For the Physics element of the course, you’ll use mathematics to describe the physical world, and learn to plan
and conduct investigations before reporting your results. In 2016, Keele’s Physics and Astrophysics graduates have given us a 100% rating for overall satisfaction with their courses. Study Physics at Keele and you’ll learn to apply mathematics and computing to formulate and solve a wide range of physical problems.

Your course
will be informed by the research interests of your teaching staff: primarily
astrophysics and condensed matter physics. Regular laboratory sessions
will enable you to investigate unfamiliar phenomena and acquire
specialist techniques, but you’ll also develop invaluable transferable
skills such as communication, IT and interpersonal skills. We operate
an open-door policy which enables you to have excellent and flexible
access to staff to seek advice or feedback on your work.

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. A Physics degree from Keele will prepare you for many different careers,
which need not be directly related to physics.
You could take up all sorts of roles in industry, management, and public
services. You might work as a research scientist, medical physicist,
software engineer, geophysicist or radiation practitioner, or you might
branch out and become a science writer, chartered accountant, patent
lawyer, IT consultant or air traffic controller. Many graduates go on to
study at master’s or doctorate level.

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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Keele University

The University received its Royal Charter in 1962 with a commitment to meet the demands of a new kind of society, economy and world. Today we still uphold that commitment in every aspect of life at Keele University. We work...

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