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School of Environment, Education and Development

BSc Geography and Geology with a year abroad / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

Under the Microscope
Under the Microscope

This varied course focuses on the natural processes that occur on the Earth's surface. If you are fascinated by rivers and seas, get excited when you spot unusual strata on a cliff, or just have a strong interest in physical geography, then this joint degree in Geology and Geography could be for you.

This course includes teaching, field work and projects, drawing from the expertise and research knowledge of staff in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences and  The School of Environment, Education and Development .

Between Years 2 and 3 you will spend a year studying geographical and geological topics at one of our  partner universities .  You will follow course units that complement those available here at Manchester.

During this time you will write a reflective journal in which you will document the insights you have gained from both your period of study and from engagement with the citizens of the host country. When you return you will give a seminar to Year 2 students explaining what you have learned from your time abroad.

Please visit our school website for further details.

Special features

  • Spend a year studying in a university abroad.
  • A broad degree course that covers all areas of earth sciences and physical geography including plate tectonics, the origin of rocks and minerals, the evolution of life on Earth, earth resources, geophysics and mapping. 
  • Team work, problem solving and field skills play a key role in integrating all the elements of the subject and developing your transferrable skills.
  • Teaching and learning

    Our joint degree is a field-based, multi-disciplinary course that integrates the principles of chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics in the study of Earth processes and history. Through the two schools you will study a broad range of topics including plate tectonics, glaciers, floods, groundwater flow - even dinosaur evolution.

    We train you up to be a scientific detective who has the knowledge and tools to reveal the past and the future of the Earth.

    If you enjoy working outdoors, have a good scientific background, and are interested in understanding how the world around you works then geography and geology, or perhaps another earth science, may be for you.

    Coursework and assessment

    This course is assessed by a variety of methods, including exams, projects, field and in-course assessments.

    Course unit details

    Between Years 2 and 3 you will spend a year studying geographical and geological topics at one of our  partner universities .  You will follow course units that complement those available here at Manchester.

    During this time you will write a reflective journal in which you will document the insights you have gained from both your period of study and from engagement with the citizens of the host country. When you return you will give a seminar to Year 2 students explaining what you have learned from your time abroad.

    Your ability to pass the year will be determined by the exams you take at your host university as well as your reflective log and the seminar you present upon your return. 

    Course content for year 1

    Course units for year 1

    The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

    TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
    Geology Field Course EART10012 10 Mandatory
    Year 1 Geog-Geol Professional Development EART10071 5 Mandatory
    Planet Earth: Its Climate, History and Processes EART10111 10 Mandatory
    British Stratigraphy / Geological Maps EART10122 10 Mandatory
    Palaeontology and Sedimentary Rocks EART10141 10 Mandatory
    Igneous & Metamorphic Rocks EART10242 10 Mandatory
    Mineralogy EART10501 10 Mandatory
    Environmental Processes and Change: The Global System GEOG10401 10 Mandatory
    Dynamic Earth GEOG10422 10 Mandatory

    Course content for year 2

    Course units for year 2

    The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

    TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
    Year 2 Geog-Geol Professional Development and Project Preparation EART20070 10 Mandatory
    Global Tectonics EART20101 10 Mandatory
    Palaeobiology EART20112 10 Mandatory
    Sediment transport processes and depositional environments EART20121 10 Mandatory
    Carbonate and Evaporite Depositional Systems EART20222 10 Mandatory
    Research Design and Overseas Fieldcourses GEOG20072 20 Mandatory
    Global Biogeochemical Cycles EART20092 10 Optional
    Igneous Petrology EART20131 10 Optional
    Geophysical Techniques EART20271 10 Optional
    Atmospheric Physics & Weather EART20281 10 Optional
    Urban Geoscience and Contaminated Land Projects EART20352 10 Optional
    Environmental Soil Science - biogeochemistry EART20802 10 Optional
    Green Planet: Plant Ecology and Global Change GEOG20291 20 Optional
    Environmental Change and the Human Past GEOG20302 20 Optional
    Glaciers GEOG20351 20 Optional
    Glaciers GEOG20352 20 Optional
    Remote Sensing in Action: Mapping and monitoring land cover changes GEOG20381 20 Optional
    Remote Sensing in Action: Mapping and monitoring land cover changes GEOG20382 20 Optional
    Rivers GEOG20401 20 Optional
    Rivers GEOG20402 20 Optional
    Spatial Thinking with GIS: Constructing and exploring virtual worlds GEOG20501 20 Optional
    Spatial Thinking with GIS: Constructing and exploring virtual worlds GEOG20502 20 Optional
    Quaternary Climates and Landscapes GEOG21431 20 Optional
    Displaying 10 of 23 course units for year 2

    Course content for year 3

    Course units for year 3

    The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

    TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
    Presenting Contemporary Geoscience EART30030 10 Mandatory
    Tectonics, Climate and Landscape Evolution EART30322 10 Mandatory
    Hydrogeology EART30182 10 Optional
    Energy Resources EART30201 10 Optional
    Comparative Planetology EART30232 10 Optional
    Volcanology EART30282 10 Optional
    Sedimentary Basins and Sequence Stratigraphy EART30372 10 Optional
    Palaeontology- Ecosystems of the Past EART30411 10 Optional
    Meteorology EART30551 10 Optional
    Earth and Environmental Consultancy EART30701 10 Optional
    Advances in Palaeobiology EART30882 10 Optional
    Geography/Geology Dissertation EART30991 30 Optional
    Mediterranean Quaternary Landscapes GEOG30131 20 Optional
    Climate Change and carbon Cycling GEOG30181 20 Optional
    Climate Change and carbon Cycling GEOG30182 20 Optional
    Peatlands Under Pressure GEOG30231 20 Optional
    Peatlands Under Pressure GEOG30232 20 Optional
    Geography of Life GEOG30352 20 Optional
    Dryland Environments: Past, Present and Future GEOG30531 20 Optional
    Understanding GIS GEOG30552 20 Optional
    Coastal Processes: Sea Level Change and Marine Hazards GEOG31952 20 Optional
    Displaying 10 of 21 course units for year 3

    Scholarships and bursaries

    During the admissions cycle we will be inviting applicants to visit the school and will be holding interviews, which will  help us select the recipients of our prestigious new William Boyd Dawkins Scholarships (up to ten awards to the value of £1000).

    Disability support

    Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk