f640 - Earth Science MEarthSci

Earth Science MEarthSci Honours

UCAS Code: F640 (full time: 4 Years)

Course Overview

This four-year MEarthSci degree explores the fascinating complexity of the Earth system, through subjects like geology, chemistry and microbiology.

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At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
MEarthSci Honours

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Course Duration
4 Years

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

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The degree is similar to our Earth Science BSc Honours, but includes a year of advanced study at Master's level.

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

This degree prepares you for a wide range of possible careers - from geology to geomatics, and from geochemistry to environmental consultant. Whatever you choose, you'll be equipped with relevant skills in:

  • experimental science
  • field work
  • scientific investigation
  • project management

Your final year research project will deepen your knowledge and enable you to work with internationally leading researchers and professionals.

Highlights of this degree

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Course Details

Modules for 2019 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2019 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

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. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

You take the following compulsory modules:

Optional modules

You select 10 credits from the following:

You also take 30 credits from the following list:

Stage 4

Compulsory modules

You take the following compulsory modules:

* Not taken by Clean Tech and REEM strand students

Optional modules

You then select 50 credits from one of the discipline strands below:

Environmental Consultancy

Engineering Geology/Geotechnics

Hydrogeology and Water Management

Environmental Science

Clean Tech

REEM (Renewable Energy, Enterprise and Management)

    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 2020 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our Admissions Policy (PDF: 71 KB).

    See further policies related to admission.


    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. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

    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.

    96% of our 2017 UK-domiciled UG/PG graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    85.5% of our graduates are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    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



    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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