The field is the best natural laboratory for developing a real understanding of the subject. Led by our staff of expert field geologists, fieldwork allows you to put into practice the theories learnt in lectures, seminars and lab classes. You will become an experienced field-worker, able to apply academic knowledge and skills to a range of Earth science problems. You will also develop skills which will serve you outside geology, such as teamwork and independent learning. Also field trips are lots of fun and a great way to get to know your fellow students and the academic staff much better.
Field courses in years one and two are compulsory, whereas the final year fieldwork is optional and you get a choice of choosing geological or geographical fieldtrips depending on where your interests lie. You may also want to undertake take field work as part of your honours dissertation. Note that this course has a lower field component than our BSc Geology and Applied Geology degrees.
Building on UK-based fieldwork in your first year, we use the exceptional geology of southern Spain to train you in key geological and geomorphological skills in your second year. Fieldwork in your final year takes advantage of a number of world-class environments in order to further extend your field training. Recent locations have included Mount Etna in Sicily, Iceland, western Ireland, Morocco and Cyprus. You can also choose to undertake fieldwork as part of your independent project.
Throughout your field training you are guaranteed:
- high-quality tuition in the full range of field techniques and skills
- a range of classic field localities in which to develop your skills
- training in the safe conduct of Earth science fieldwork
- support materials of the highest quality.
Current field courses
Dorset and Cornwall. Get field experience early in your degree through day trips and a short residential field course. These trips help you to understand stratigraphy and Earth history, covering key skills such as sedimentary logging, field sketching, rock descriptions and geological mapping.
South Devon (compulsory). Visit wild coastlines and moors to practice geological sketching and hand specimen identification of a range of rocks and minerals. You will undertake a simple geological mapping exercise, study raised beaches and investigate the effect of natural climate change on landscape.