Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Environmental Geology

Environmental geology is a growing area of active research, because it provides insights into how the environment has evolved over geological time. Through our modular course structure and use of web-based material for distance learning, we aim to provide up-to-date reviews of research topics across relevant aspects of the earth sciences. Our teaching is informed by considerable research into environmental issues, which is ongoing in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Current research focuses on areas such as metal pollution, coastal erosion, mineralogy, earthquake prediction, palaeoclimatology and palaeontology.

Entry requirements

Certificate of Higher Education in Geology or previous study to that level.
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

This is a 2-year course and you will need to gain 60 credits. This will normally include four 15-credit modules plus a 30-credit project. Note that advanced modules are usually taught in alternate years and will not be available every year.

You can choose 3 modules taken from Years 3 and 4 of the BSc Environmental Geology.
Option modules:

Assessed Field Techniques 3;
Assessed Field Techniques 4;
Chemistry and Pollution of Water, Soil and Air;
Earth's Resources and Raw Materials;
Environmental Isotopes;
Geological Hazards;
Palaeoclimatology .

Assessment methods

A combination of reports on field-based projects, laboratory work and written examinations. Some modules include continuous assessment through written work.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2016 - 1 years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2017 - 1 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Telephone number: 
020 3073 8032