The Fourth Year follows on from Part II. Students undertake a major research project, attend seminars and take a choice of option courses across the Earth Sciences. They are encouraged to see themselves as active members of the department and take part in a field trip to Southern Spain.
Full information on Part III can be found in the 2016-2017
There is also a synopsis of the course and exam structure at.
Part III Project Guide 2016 booklet is now available in the
The research project
At the beginning of the fourth year, students spend eight to ten weeks doing their own research project which accounts for 40% of the assessment in the final year. Each year (in January/February) the department produces a selection of new project outlines to choose from (all in current research areas) or you can devise your own project brief in consultation with a prospective supervisor. Projects can be fieldwork-based, laboratory-based, literature-based or computer-based and in many instances lead to published papers and presentations at worldwide academic conferences.
The research project output includes:
- an A0 poster that summarises your work and preliminary conclusion,
- a research diary recording your field, laboratory, or computer-based research and your reviewing of literature,
- a detailed report that describes your research, methods and finding.
Here are two examples of research project posters: