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Undergraduate Study

MSci Resource and Exploration Geology - 2020 entry

Please note: The below is for 2020 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code F616
Duration 4 years
Entry year 2020

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Entry requirements

A level: AAA
IB: 36/666

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Campus Penryn Campus
Discipline Geology


  • An advanced course designed to prepare you to tackle important environmental challenges, especially the supply of critical raw materials and resources
  • MSci Resource and Exploration Geology focusses on our understanding of the Earth, its processes, systems and resources
  • Study in Cornwall and benefit from spectacular, world-famous, geology on your doorstep
  • Taught at Exeter’s Penryn campus by Camborne School of Mines. This combined geoscience and mining department has an international reputation for research-inspired teaching and excellent graduate prospects

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Top 100 in the world for Geology and Geophysics

World University Rankings by Subject 2020

Study topics covering a range of global environmental challenges

8th in the UK for Geology

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

Entry requirements

Qualification Required grades Required subjects
A-Level AAB - ABB GCE AL in two science subjects at grade B or AL Geology at grade B. GCSE Maths grade C or 4. GCE AL science includes: Biology/Human Biology*; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; 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 sciences 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 English Language
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30

Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.

International equivalences

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Course content

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 in iconic locations across Cornwall during terms 1 and 2, and attend a one-week residential field class in Pembrokeshire during early May.

In Year 2, you will further develop core geological skills as well as your ability to collect and analyse geological data. Fieldwork includes seven one-day field classes, a residential field course in Devon and Dorset, and training in geological mapping on the Isle of Skye.

A key aspect of the third year is its flexibility: in addition to the core modules you’ll be able to tailor your degree to your interests. The optional modules you’ll be choosing from continually-evolving subjects tackling a variety of global environmental challenges. Alongside this, you will go on a ten-day residential trip to either Cyprus or Spain, focusing on applied mapping, geotechnical engineering and environmental impact.

Much of your final year will be focused on your individual research project on a contemporary topic of your choice. You will also undertake a ten-day residential trip to Cyprus, Spain or Tenerife.


Tuition fees for 2020 entry

UK and EU students: £9,250 per year
International students: £22,950 per year

Please note that these figures may be subject to change.

CSM Trust Scholarships

The Camborne School of Mines Trust are generously offering awards of £6,000 to support the studies of first-year geology undergraduates. You can find out more and apply directly online by visiting our scholarship page.

Find out more about tuition fees and funding


All our Geology degree programmes provide 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 geological 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 geology degrees are also flexible; you can transfer between any of our BSc and MGeol degrees during your first year.

Research-led culture

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.


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