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Course Structure

First year

The first year Earth Sciences Course is broad-ranging and dynamic. It includes plate tectonics and Earth structure; volcanoes and igneous processes; oceans and sediments; minerals and rocks; palaeobiology and fossils; earthquakes, tsunamis and other geohazards.

Observing and interpreting rocks in the field is a traditional but vital skill.  During the Easter vacation we visit the Isle of Arran in Scotland, which has a more varied geology in a small area than anywhere else in Britain. Explorte the deposits of Devonian rivers, Carboniferous swamps and Permian deserts, and walk through the roots of a Tertiary volcano.

Later years

The breadth of the Natural Sciences course reflects the boundaries between the diferent sciences and before committing yourself to one suject, you are able to study a variety of subjects, some of which, like Earth Sciences, may be new to you. Many students discover a passion for Earth Sciences in their first year and chhose to continue in subsequent years.

As the Earth Sciences progresses though Year 2 (Part IB), you will start to specialise in specific areas of the subject. Field work continues to be a significant part of the course.  Wereas, the !A Earth Sciences course takes a holistic view of the Earth, the IB Earth Sciences course tackles the fundamentals of each topic.

In Year 3 (part II), the Earth Sciences course will take students to the boundaries of the subject, and the areas or active research and controversies.  For exceptional students there is an option to continue to study Earth Sciences for a fourth year, which leasds to an MAci degree.

A training in Earth Sciences gives you a wider range of transferable skills suitable for work in many sectors.