GEOL2014 (The Earth Surface and Critical Zone) – 40 credits
This module provides a practical and
theoretical understanding to the analysis of the Earth surface and near surface
(the Critical Zone), integrating a range of data and analytical methods to
explore present and ancient environments.
GEOL2015 (The Earth’s Interior and Resources) – 40 credits
This module provides
a theoretical and practical understanding of the analysis of the Earth’s
subsurface. Students learn how to analyse and interpret subsurface data
(including geophysical techniques) and geological materials formed in the
subsurface, applications of these techniques and knowledge in resource
exploration and production, and the impacts of subsurface investigations.
BSc (Hons) Geology – differentiator modules
GEOL2016 (Ocean Geoscience) – 20
This module develops an in-depth understanding
on modern ocean basins and the role the oceans play in Earth’s evolution.
Students will build up knowledge on mid-ocean ridge processes, sedimentary
environments, palaeoceanography and palaeoclimates (and how these inform models
for future environmental change, with an awareness of the limitations of such
models), ocean hazards and resources.
GEOL2017 (The Building of Britain) – 20
This module provides an understanding of key
periods in the geological evolution of the British Isles within a plate
tectonic and palaeoenvironmental context. Students gain a practical
understanding of the relationships between tectonic and
palaeo-climatic/oceanographic events in the stratigraphic, structural,
magmatic, metamorphic and fossil record of Britain and environs, and their
relationship to resource/hazard distribution.
BSc (Hons) Environmental Geoscience – differentiator modules
ENVS2004 (Environmental Issues and Communication) – 20 credits
Through immersion in contemporary environmental
issues, this module develops the knowledge and skills necessary to locate,
analyse, evaluate and communicate scientific information in a range of contexts
and to a range of audiences. Students develop their professional skills, as
well as the skills to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and decision
makers, from scientific experts to the general public.
ENVS2003 (Environmental Management and Sustainability) – 20 credits
The module covers areas of knowledge essential
for all environmental science graduates: ecological economics, life supporting
resources and environmental law.
BSc (Hons) Geology with Ocean Science – differentiator modules
Ocean Processes) – 20 credits
This module explores the large-scale
distribution and characteristics of water masses and biogeochemical
properties throughout the global oceans. Physical mechanisms that drive the
global circulation in a changing climate will be investigated alongside their
role in determining the transport of chemical constituents throughout the
open ocean and in shelf seas. The life cycles and distribution of marine
organisms and the structuring of marine foodwebs will be explored.
and Coastal Dynamics) – 20 credits
This module provides an introduction to the
characteristics of ocean waves and focuses on how waves and tides interact
with the coast and drive the coastal processes that result in shoreline
erosion and accretion.
BSc (Hons) Physical Geography and Geology – differentiator modules
1: Choose one of these two geography optional modules:
Option 1: GGP2207 (Catchment to Coast) – 20
Practically all human-environment interactions
take place within river catchments and the coastal zone. To address key
environmental challenges of the 21st century, such as climate change and
sustainable resource management, we need to understand how these integrated
systems function. This module provides the process knowledge required to
contribute to global and local debates, and includes field and laboratory work.
Option 2: GGP2206 (Quaternary to Anthropocene) – 20
The Earth has undergone significant and
fundamental changes during our current interglacial period (the last ~12,000
years), to the point of a new Geological epoch being suggested: the
Anthropocene. This module focuses on deepening students’ understanding of how
our planet has moved from one that was nature-dominated to the current
culture-dominated environment we inhabit, at both local, continental and global
ENVS 2005 (Weather and Climate) – 20
Understanding weather and climate is essential
for developing in-depth knowledge on how climate is changing today and will
change in the future. This module will develop intellectual and practical
skills in critical analysis of weather and climate data. In addition, an
examination of the scientific evidence for current and predicted effects of
weather and climate will be addressed.