Geology

The study of geology applies many different branches of science and engineering to understand how the Earth ‘works’ and has evolved over the last 4.6 billion years. It ranges in scope from the atomic through the continental to the cosmic, and encompasses such spectacular natural processes as earthquakes, landslides and volcanic eruptions. Many applicants choose to study geology for these reasons alone. However, geology has many applied aspects and knowledge of these provides excellent opportunities for work in a variety of landscapes and environments worldwide.

Geologists who can successfully apply their knowledge of how the Earth works are employed in the exploration and production of metals, industrial minerals, hydrocarbons and water (the basic materials that underpin all technological societies). Geologists also have an understanding of the engineering properties of rocks and soils and are employed on civil engineering projects such as tunnels, road cuts, dams, reservoirs and foundations. Geologists are increasingly employed within the environmental sector, in site investigation and the remediation of contaminated land.

Our Geology degrees provide comprehensive training for students aiming to become professional geoscientists. The mixture of pure and applied earth science and engineering modules, and associated transferable skills, is appropriate for subsequent employment in many sectors or study towards a postgraduate degree (MSc/PhD).

Emphasis is placed on practical training in field-based skills, including geological mapping (surface and underground), core logging and surveying. Residential field courses take place in the UK and abroad, along with one-day courses based on the outstanding local Cornish geology, extractive industry and environmental case studies.

Our Geology programmes are taught by the University’s Camborne School of Mines (CSM), which has an exceptional international and national reputation for providing applied geoscientists for industry. CSM has research strengths in applied geology (ore deposits, environmental mineralogy, igneous petrology, geostatistics and tectonics/structural geology) and geotechnical engineering (rock mass modelling).

Our programmes are accredited by The Geology Society which is advantageous should you wish to proceed to Chartered Geologist status after graduation.