University of East Anglia

BSc Geophysics with a Year in Industry

University of East Anglia
In Norwich

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Norwich
Start September 2019
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Norwich
  • Start:
    September 2019

This course explores solid Earth geophysics in the context of the entire Earth system. You’ll study the Earth’s many processes, from the seas and skies to the deep interior, and learn about the way they control our environment. You will also have the opportunity to spend a year gaining valuable experience at a company of your choice.

Your first year will provide you with the scientific tools you need, including Maths and Mechanics, while your second and final years will enable you to focus on diverse areas of study; from Applied Geophysics and Meteorology to Global Tectonics and Geophysical Hazards. Your third year will be spent on placement.

This is a highly desirable degree due to the varied skills you’ll develop as well as the many industrial, governmental and academic applications the subject has. UEA is also one of the best places to study it – we’re ranked first in the UK for research impact (REF2014) and have a global reputation for excellence in Environmental Sciences.

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University Of East Anglia, NR4 7TJ, Norfolk, England
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Starts Sep-2019
University Of East Anglia, NR4 7TJ, Norfolk, England
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· Requirements

A Level ABB including Mathematics
International Baccalaureate 32 points including HL Mathematics at 5 and one other HL subject at 5.
Scottish Advanced Highers BCC including Mathematics
Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB or 2 subjects at H1 and 4 subjects at H2 including Mathematics.
Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 Maths credits.
BTEC DDM in a relevant subject area, with at least 6 units in Maths .
European Baccalaureate 75% overall, with at least...

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5.0 21/11/2017
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Course programme

This four-year course follows a similar structure to the BSc Geophysics, but with an additional year of gaining work experience through an industrial placement. The first year of study employs core compulsory modules to establish your knowledge on essential topics. You will have the chance to select from optional modules in the second and final years in order to allow you to direct your own studies. In the final year you will also have the opportunity to undertake an independent research project on a subject of your choice.

Year 1

A series of compulsory modules introduce you to the general scientific principles governing geophysics. Multi-disciplinary modules from the wider Faculty of Science allow you to develop the essential analytical skills you will need for further study – including Maths for Scientists, Probability and Mechanics.

Year 2

As the course progresses you will study applied geophysics and continue to develop your mathematical knowledge. You are also given greater freedom to tailor your course around your own interests, choosing from a wide variety of modules from Global Tectonics to Sedimentology.

Year 3 (Year in Industry)

You will spend your third year on an industrial work placement lasting from 9 to 14 months, gaining relevant experience and developing your skills and knowledge. We have established links throughout the UK and beyond, and we will help you in identifying and competing for appropriate positions.

Year 4

Your final year of study is centred on an individual research project, allowing you to investigate a specialist area in professional depth. You will also study a range of advanced modules from geophysical science as well as covering the wider social impacts of the subject, such as Geophysical Hazards, Meteorology and Modelling Environmental Processes.

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Scholarships and Bursaries
We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.
The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

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