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Geological Sciences

Programme Specification: Part III Geological Sciences

This course is taught by the Department of Earth Sciences primarily for those students intending to continue their academic studies at the post-graduate level.

Aims

  1. to expose advanced students to the breadth of the Geological Sciences through a combination of seminars, course work and field trips;
  2. to provide "state of the art" knowledge of specific areas in the Geological Sciences through a combination of seminars, course work, and faculty-supervised independent research;
  3. to develop the conceptual and practical skills necessary for independent research;
  4. to develop communication and presentation skills to an advanced level.

Teaching and learning methods

The course is taught via:

  1. an original, in-depth research project, supervised by a member of staff;
  2. twice-weekly seminars, presented by both visiting and in-house Earth scientists (one term);
  3. course work and associated practical classes and library reading, organised into 16-lecture 'options' (of which students are required to take three);
  4. small-group supervisions;
  5. direct experience in communicating results in the form of student seminars and a poster presentation of research project results.

Assessment

Course performance is assessed on the basis of:

  • an independent, original, research project, conducted over the course of the first term (for aims 1-4);
  • one unseen written examination of 3 hours based on Department seminars (for aims 1-4);
  • two unseen written examinations of 3 hours, covering aspects of the option courses and field trip (for aims 1-4);
  • three unseen practical examinations, covering practical aspects of the option courses (for aims 1-3);
  • submission of a record of practical and field work during the year (for aims 1-4);
  • an oral examination with an external examiner (for aims 1-4).

Courses of Preparation

Essential: NST Part II Geological Sciences

The detailed entry requirements can be found at The Fourth Year - Part III.

Additional Information

Further information on each subject is available in the Subject summary and on the Course Websites pages.