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Earth Sciences: Part II - third year

In the Third Year, students can expect to be taught by leading experts in the field on issues at the forefront of scientific research, across the spectrum of the geological and mineralogical sciences. There is a choice of three from five Core Courses, allowing some significant degree of specialisation within the Earth Sciences. Most students carry on to Part III and the MSci qualification in a fourth year of study, but it is possible to graduate after three years with a BA.

Students also undertake an independent field mapping project, and take part in a week-long field trip to Greece.

Full information on Part II is to be found in the 2016-2017: Part II COURSE GUIDE

Part II Field Mapping Project Guide 2016 can be found in the Part II Project Guide

Part III Project Guide 2016 booklet is now available in the Part III PROJECT GUIDE.


The field mapping project

In the summer between their second and third years, after a practice run in Skye, students in groups spend four weeks making a geological map from their own field observations. Areas vary widely, and many students choose to map abroad: the USA, Chile, South Africa, Norway and Spain are amongst popular choices. The mapping project is distinctive at Cambridge in being wholly organised by the students themselves (although departmental funding is available), and is a highly respected component of the degree course

There are a great deal of resources and information related to the Part II Mapping project on Moodle, and the library also holds copies of some past mapping reports. For Health and Safety information see the details on the General Information page.

A variety of field observations are recorded in the field notebook, lithological charts and field map. These are supported by photographic evidence and rock specimens collected on location.

The evidence collected in the field is combined to produce a written report, geological map and cross-section.
All the material (field and report) is submitted for assessment and will contribute 25% of the final marks for your third year course.