- Designed to equip you with an advanced understanding of the geology, chemistry and physics of the Earth and to tackle global environmental challenges
- Gain technical experience through more than 60 days of fieldwork, as well as laboratory classes, optional industry placement and a major final-year research project
- Study in Cornwall at Exeter’s Penryn Campus and gain access to incredible and unique local geoscience on your doorstep
- Taught at Exeter’s Penryn campus by the Camborne School of Mines, a combined geoscience and mining department with an international reputation for research-inspired teaching
- Excellent industrial links ensure that the skills gained will be highly valued by employers. Recent partners include: Rio Tinto, British Geological Survey, European Space Agency and CL:AIRE.
2nd in the UK for Earth and Marine Sciences
The Guardian League Table 2021
Top 5 for Geology
The Guardian University Guide 2022 and The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.
Top 100 in the world for Geology and Geophysics
The QS World University Subject Rankings 2021.
1st for Career Prospects in Geology
The Guardian University League Table 2021
Entry requirements (typical offer)
|Qualification||Typical offer||Required subjects|
GCE AL in two science subjects at grade A or AL Geology at grade A.
GCE AL science includes: Biology/Human Biology*; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Economics; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.
*If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one 'science' but could count as two A-levels towards our general requirements.
|IB||36/666||Two science subjects at HL6 or Geology at HL6|
|BTEC||DDD||BTEC Extended Diploma (2016) - Applicants studying one of the following new BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without GCE AL requirements: Applied Science, Engineering.|
|GCSE||C or 4||Grade C or 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics|
Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.
|Other UK, EU and International equivalences|
NB General Studies is not included in any offer.
Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply
Our programmes are accredited by The Geological Society which is the first step on the ladder to Chartered Geologist status after graduation.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
During your first year, which is shared with all Geology students, you will gain a solid foundation in geology and the geosciences. You will undertake nine one-day field classes to iconic and beautiful locations across Cornwall and attend a one-week residential field class in Pembrokeshire during early May.
In Year 2 you will build a detailed understanding of the science underpinning the foremost global geo-environmental challenges currently facing humankind. You will also further develop core geoscience and transferable skills ready for a graduate-level career in environmental geoscience. Your training will prepare you for an Independent Research Project (IRP) between Years 2 and 3, where you will carry out a field-based geo-environmental research project or industrial placement.
In Year 3, you will write up your Independent Research Project. Core and optional modules will deepen your knowledge on the interactions between the geology, chemistry, physics, and biology of the Earth’s environment, and how these can in turn be influenced by human activities. A ten-day residential fieldcourse is the highlight of the year, where you will explore an outstanding area of geoscience in Spain, Tenerife or Cyprus.
During year 4 you will undertake a research project on a contemporary topic of your choice, working at the forefront of science in collaboration with one of our world-class research groups. Your final year will also include an overseas field class as well as a module in research frontiers in Earth science that will introduce you to current, internationally-significant research across the geosciences.
Tuition fees for 2022 entry
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £25,000 per year
The University of Exeter has over £2.5 million in scholarships available for students applying to study with us from September 2022 - including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students and financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.
* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.
Our geoscience degree programme provides a wealth of practical experience of working in the field at amazing locations across the UK and abroad.
The first year includes a six-day residential field course in Pembrokeshire along with nine one-day field-classes in Cornwall. The second year includes 34 days of fieldwork, in locations that include Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and the Isle of Skye in Scotland. The third year includes a geological field course in Cyprus or southern Spain.
Fieldwork is assessed through field notebooks, technical reports, and practical field-based assignments.
For more information see our fieldwork pages.
Learning and teaching
Learning on campus
Learning and teaching are delivered through a combination of lectures, ‘hands on’ practical classes, seminars, tutorials, field-based teaching, and independent study. Laboratory practical classes will develop your understanding of a range of geoscience topics and help put theory into practice.
On average you will have 18 teaching hours per week and will need to undertake additional independent study (e.g., directed reading, assignments, and project work). You can expect your total workload to average about 40 hours per week during term time.
Our geoscience degrees are also flexible; you can transfer between any of our BSc and MSci geology and geoscience degrees during your first year.
You will benefit from being taught by experts active in internationally-relevant research. In doing so, you will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field, and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.
Assessment methods vary between modules and may include individual or group reports, presentations, practical write-ups and exams. More innovative assessment techniques are also used, and may include the use of websites, posters, social media, videos, science communication, and dragons-den style presentations. You must pass the first year in order to progress to the second year, but your first-year marks do not count towards your final degree classification.
Environmental Geoscience graduates will be key to helping the global community deal with a range of environmental problems related to climate, energy, water, air pollution, natural hazards, supply of raw materials, and more.
Geology and geoscience degrees not only prepare you to tackle the world’s biggest environmental challenges, but lead to high employment rates and good salaries, with graduate opportunities in the UK and around the world. The Camborne School of Mines Association and the award-winning University of Exeter Careers Service have the skills and a strong network of alumni to help you find employment.
We provide regular ‘Pint and Pasty’ employer events throughout term that allow our students to network and meet with potential employers, and learn more about possible career paths.
Our graduates enjoy excellent career opportunities in a range of subjects, including hydrogeology, geophysics, mineral and petroleum exploration, and environment-related industries. Graduates also go on to roles outside of geology, utilising the array of transferable skills they have developed. Recent graduates work in fields as diverse as the UK civil service, Arup Geotechnics, the National Trust, the Ministry of Defence and Geomarine Ltd.
The broad-based skills acquired during your degree will give you an excellent grounding for a wide variety of careers, not only those related to Environmental Geoscience but also in wider fields. Examples of roles recent graduates are now working as include:
- Chartered Surveyor
- Engineering Project Manager
- Project Engineer
- Engineering Professional
- Estimator, Valuer or Assessor
- Environment Professional
- Financial Accounts
- IT Operations Technician
- Laboratory Technician
- Physical Scientist
Employer-valued skills this course develops
Career opportunities for geologists are limitless. Our programmes provide essential skills for employment in a modern workplace, including discipline specific skills like Geographical Information Systems (GIS), geological mapping and fieldwork, scientific programming, and use of technical software, in addition to transferable skills such as problem solving, communication, teamwork, leadership, and quantitative data analysis.
In particular, the MSci course provides extra skills development in independent work, research, and oral presentation, which can be applied to both industry and academia.
Geologists from the University of Exeter are recognised as being articulate, resourceful and diligent, and claim great job satisfaction and excellent salaries.