Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Planetary Sciences

Planetary Science is an exciting area of study, as new data returning from current planetary probes and rovers expands and deepens our understanding of the geology of other planets. If you have an undergraduate degree in earth sciences or geology, but want to increase your knowledge of planetary sciences, then this course will bring you up to date with developments in the field. The specialist knowledge you acquire could help you change career, or build a career within the planetary sciences and education, or enable you to progress onto doctoral research at PhD level. You will be taught by academics who are actively engaged in cutting-edge planetary research that is expanding the boundaries of knowledge. We cover planetary surfaces and remote sensing, volcanic activity on Earth and other planets, the nature of comets, asteroids and meteorites, and the internal structure and origin of planets, as well as offering advanced modules in astronomy, scientific computing, and the design of, and participation in, an analogue field mission. You can choose from a range of modules and put together a programme that matches, expands and deepens your particular interests. 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). Highlights - In our joint submission with UCL, Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences at Birkbeck were rated sixth the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), while we achieved 100% for an environment conducive to research of the highest quality. - We retain close links with UCL's Department of Earth Sciences, sharing expertise, facilities and events across the two institutions, including live streaming of lectures and digital lecture notes. - We are part of the joint UCL-Birkbeck Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences (IEPS).

Entry requirements

Graduate Certificate: Applicants should hold a BSc degree in geology, earth sciences, geological sciences, or equivalent, and have a basic knowledge of the architecture of the solar system. Those wishing to enrol on the Field Class for Planetary Science module must have some previous experience of fieldwork at undergraduate level.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Each module has specific pieces of assessed coursework, which may include reports, essays, experimental results, data interpretation, oral and poster presentations, and written examinations.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 2,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 2,100 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 2,100 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 3,075 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 2,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 2,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Telephone number: 
02030738032