Geophysics

Bachelor's degree

In London

Price on request

Description

  • Typology

    Bachelor's degree

  • Location

    London

  • Start

    Different dates available

Description

Our Geophysics degrees focus on the Earth as a dynamic system and its evolution through time.
Your programme of studies is designed for students with a specific interest in mathematics and physics, and the application of physical laws to the study of the Earth. Greater emphasis is therefore placed on mathematics and physics subjects and modelling techniques.

Facilities

Location

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London
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South Kensington Campus, SW7 2AZ

Starts

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To take into account

Your programme of studies is designed for students with a specific interest in mathematics and physics, and the application of physical laws to the study of the Earth. Greater emphasis is therefore placed on mathematics and physics subjects and modelling techniques.

The integrated, modular nature of our courses enables you to achieve a solid understanding of geosciences whilst also tailoring the degree course to suit your individual interests.

You can choose from...

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page, which gives the minimum entry requirements for a range of international qualifications.

A-levels

You must achieve a minimum of AAA overall, to include:

  • A in Mathematics
  • A in Physics

Geophysics candidates who do not meet this requirement will be offered Geology and...

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Subjects

  • IT
  • Geophysics
  • Geology
  • Maths
  • GCSE Physics
  • Mathematics
  • GCSE Mathematics

Course programme

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

All of our Geophysics degrees share a common programme of studies for the first two years, which is divided into 50% theoretical, 25% practical and 25% coursework.

Year 1

In the first year, Geophysics students take advanced maths and physics classes with an emphasis on calculus, statistics and mensuration, as well as the subjects studied by Geoscience students with an introduction to programming in both Python and Matlab.

You can expect:

  • Broad introduction to geology and geophysics
  • Cover subjects not previously experienced
  • Learn to study independently in a university environment

You will learn basic geological principles and go on field trips in the UK and a two-week Rio Tinto Urra field trip to Spain.

You complete all of the core modules from all four areas below.

Theory 1
  • Dynamic Earth 1
  • Earth Materials and Stratigraphy
  • Maths Methods 1
  • Physical Processes
Theory 2
  • Maths Methods 2
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Processes
  • Surface Processes

You choose one of the following:

  • Chemistry for Geoscientists
  • Solid Earth Geochemistry
Practical
  • Numerical Methods 1
  • Programming for Geoscientists
  • Structural Geology 1
  • Graphics & Statistics for Geoscientists
Coursework
  • Earth Materials and Stratigraphy
  • Introduction to Field Geology
  • Field Geology 1
  • Projects, Tutorials and Workshops 1
Year 2

In your second year you can expect to:

  • Deepen knowledge of core geophysical subjects
  • Apply physical laws to geological questions
  • Enhance written, analytical and research skills

You will gain advanced knowledge of geophysical methods and processing techniques, particularly seismic imaging.

You will continue to study and deepen your knowledge of major branches of geoscience, such as:

  • Vibrations and Waves
  • Earth Resources
  • Global Geophysics, Earth Structure and Tectonics
  • Advanced Maths courses, Time Series Analysis
  • Applied Geophysics
  • Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Structural Geology, Geochemistry, Seismology

You study all of the core modules listed below in the four different groups.

Theory 1
  • Applied Geophysics 1
  • Global Geophysics
  • Maths Methods 3
  • Vibrations and Waves
Theory 2
  • Earth Resources
  • Maths Methods 4
  • Seismology

You choose one of the following:

  • Low Temperature Geochemistry
  • Solid Earth Geochemistry
Practical
  • Mechanics
  • Numerical Methods 2
  • Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Structural Geology 2
Coursework
  • Data Processing, Modelling and Interpretation of Morocco Data
  • Field Geophysics
  • Projects, Tutorials and Workshops 2
Year 3

In the third year you can expect to:

  • Practise geophysical measuring techniques and interpretation of data set
  • Enhance report writing and research skills

You will have the choice of a range of optional modules, with few core modules, allowing you to specialise in an area of geophysics suited to your interests, or perhaps future career intentions.

Theory

You choose 4 modules from the list below for the theory component of the third year.

  • Basins and Tectonics
  • Climate
  • Ice and Fire
  • Seismic Techniques
  • Solar System Geoscience
Optional modules

You choose 6 modules in total from the below lists. The Department offers modules on a bi-annual alternating basis, which means that three-year degree students will have a different group of modules to choose from, based upon the year you start your course.

Four-year MSci students will complete one group of the alternating modules in the third-year, and the rest of the modules in the fourth year.

Offered every year
  • Dynamic Stratigraphy
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Mining Water and Waste Management
  • Thermodynamics
Alternate year 1
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Igneous 2
  • Impact Cratering
  • Marine Stratigraphy
  • Minerals Processing
  • Palaeoceanography
Alternate year 2
  • Advanced Applied Geophysics
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Earth Systems
  • Geodynamics
  • Geohazards
  • Geomorphology
  • Hydrothermal and ore forming processes
  • Palaeo and Environmental magnetism
  • Physical Oceanography
Business and Humanities

You will have the choice of modules from Imperial Horizons and the Business School, which broaden your studies.

  • Imperial Horizons
  • Business for Professional Engineers and Scientists
Independent Project and ESS
  • Independent Geology Project
  • Earth Science Synthesis (ESS)
Coursework, Practical and Synposis
  • Earth Science General Paper
  • EPEX Business Simulation
  • Hydrogeology & Fluid Flow 1

Geophysics

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