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f641 - Earth Science BSc

Earth Science BSc Honours

UCAS Code: F641 (3 Years)

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Course Overview

If you are interested in the processes that have shaped the structure and development of the Earth, this three-year BSc degree is for you.

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At a Glance

UCAS Code
F641

UCAS Institution Name and Code
NEWC, N21

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Degree Awarded
BSc Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 33-35 points

Earth science covers everything from the formation of rocks and minerals to the impact of human activity on the environment.

You'll study the Earth at the molecular, micro- and macro-scale, from the chemistry of a single element to the processes that shape the continents.

Your key areas of study include:

  • geology
  • geochemistry
  • geomicrobiology

Understanding how these areas interact and combine to create the complexity of the Earth system is what makes Earth science a fascinating area to study.

The practical skills you develop in geomatics – the fourth element of the degree – allow you to collect and analyse data about the world. This prepares you for diverse and in-demand careers.

Regular field days and residential field courses allow you to experience the Earth in action. You'll develop practical skills and network with Earth science professionals.  

Highlights of this degree

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Course Details

Modules for 2016 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2017).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.

Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2018 entry.

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).

See further policies related to admission.

Careers

Earth science careers

Earth science graduates are well qualified to enter a wide range of careers and the geoscience industry has a shortage of graduates with the skills taught on this course.

You will be able to enter the global geology industry with potential careers in:

  • mining
  • oil
  • engineering
  • water supply
  • and environmental sectors

The emerging alternative energy industry also needs these skills.

You will also develop a portfolio of graduate transferable skills that are highly valued by wide range of employers outside the earth science sector, and which can open the door to graduate entry programmes with major employers, such as:

  • team working
  • data analysis
  • data interpretation
  • enterprise 

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding

 

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Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.

Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

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UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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