Department of Earth Sciences | BSc Geophysics (with Year Abroad) 48 months Undergraduate Program By Durham University |Top Universities
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# 51-100QS Subject Rankings

Program Duration

48 monthsProgram duration

Scholarship

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Main Subject Area

GeophysicsMain Subject Area

Program overview

Main Subject

Geophysics

Degree

BSc

Study Level

Undergraduate

Study Mode

On Campus

BSc Geophysics (with Year Abroad) at Durham University

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Gain the knowledge you need to understand how the Earth works. With this BSc you will learn how Earth systems interact and how data analysis and modelling future behaviours can help solve Earth Science problems.


Understanding the physical processes that control the materials, structure and dynamics of our planet is key to predicting the Earth’s future behaviour and mitigating the global challenges faced by society. Geophysics is essential to creating a more sustainable future for humanity through monitoring Natural Hazard Risks, Detecting Resources and Computer Modelling to Predict Future Behaviour.


Our flexible Geophysics degree, puts you in control, giving you both the fundamentals and increased specialisation as you progress through the degree, allowing you to choose a pathway of most interest to you.


In the first year, you will gain a fundamental understanding of Earth Sciences, as well as developing University-level skills in Maths and Physics. Year 2 specialises in the Geophysical methods associated with Geophysical Surveying, Data Analysis and Mathematical Modelling of Earth Science Processes. In Year 3, you will undertake a Geophysical research dissertation and develop advanced knowledge in specialist Geophysical topics of your choice with multiple residential field work opportunities.


Combining academic excellence and cutting-edge research, the course will equip you with the tools needed for employment in a range of sectors, including mineral exploration and extraction industries, in petroleum exploration companies, and with environmental and hydro-geological industries. The advanced quantitative skills developed during this course can provide a strong base for securing employment outside Geoscience, for example, in finance, insurance and banking.


You may be able to transfer to the four-year MSci degree in Earth Sciences at the end of your second year. The fourth year combines a bespoke research project in your specialism, with advanced modules designed to integrate your Earth Science knowledge for vocational and/or research applications. You can also apply to add a placement year or a year abroad to your degree, increasing the course from three years to four.


Our flexible courses have been developed to meet the needs of industry and provide you with the skills you need to succeed. You will graduate with the scientific foundations and transferable skills to move directly into the workplace or to progress to a more specialised postgraduate qualification.


Career prospects for Durham University graduates are excellent. Geology and Earth Sciences graduates are highly valued by employers and go on to a wide range of highly successful careers in the sector and beyond, working in industry and research, including environmental management, water management, energy and engineering geology. Some of the high-profile employers our graduates have gone on to work for include ATKINS, ARUP, Centrica and the Environment Agency.


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Program overview

Main Subject

Geophysics

Degree

BSc

Study Level

Undergraduate

Study Mode

On Campus

BSc Geophysics (with Year Abroad) at Durham University

[email protected]


Gain the knowledge you need to understand how the Earth works. With this BSc you will learn how Earth systems interact and how data analysis and modelling future behaviours can help solve Earth Science problems.


Understanding the physical processes that control the materials, structure and dynamics of our planet is key to predicting the Earth’s future behaviour and mitigating the global challenges faced by society. Geophysics is essential to creating a more sustainable future for humanity through monitoring Natural Hazard Risks, Detecting Resources and Computer Modelling to Predict Future Behaviour.


Our flexible Geophysics degree, puts you in control, giving you both the fundamentals and increased specialisation as you progress through the degree, allowing you to choose a pathway of most interest to you.


In the first year, you will gain a fundamental understanding of Earth Sciences, as well as developing University-level skills in Maths and Physics. Year 2 specialises in the Geophysical methods associated with Geophysical Surveying, Data Analysis and Mathematical Modelling of Earth Science Processes. In Year 3, you will undertake a Geophysical research dissertation and develop advanced knowledge in specialist Geophysical topics of your choice with multiple residential field work opportunities.


Combining academic excellence and cutting-edge research, the course will equip you with the tools needed for employment in a range of sectors, including mineral exploration and extraction industries, in petroleum exploration companies, and with environmental and hydro-geological industries. The advanced quantitative skills developed during this course can provide a strong base for securing employment outside Geoscience, for example, in finance, insurance and banking.


You may be able to transfer to the four-year MSci degree in Earth Sciences at the end of your second year. The fourth year combines a bespoke research project in your specialism, with advanced modules designed to integrate your Earth Science knowledge for vocational and/or research applications. You can also apply to add a placement year or a year abroad to your degree, increasing the course from three years to four.


Our flexible courses have been developed to meet the needs of industry and provide you with the skills you need to succeed. You will graduate with the scientific foundations and transferable skills to move directly into the workplace or to progress to a more specialised postgraduate qualification.


Career prospects for Durham University graduates are excellent. Geology and Earth Sciences graduates are highly valued by employers and go on to a wide range of highly successful careers in the sector and beyond, working in industry and research, including environmental management, water management, energy and engineering geology. Some of the high-profile employers our graduates have gone on to work for include ATKINS, ARUP, Centrica and the Environment Agency.


Durham University: Inspiring the Extraordinary

We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things in the world.

A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting - Durham is a university like no other!

Admission requirements

4 Years
Sep-2024

Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

9,250 GBP
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International Students

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Durham University is a globally outstanding centre of teaching, learning and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, in a unique and historic setting. Durham is a university like no other!

We conduct innovative and impactful research to transform lives and make a difference globally and locally: research to empower and inspire.

We offer a broad range of courses. Our degree programmes are informed by research undertaken by our high-calibre staff in partnership with policymakers, industry, the public sector and communities globally.
 
Alongside the outstanding education we offer to students, we believe that participating in every aspect of university life is fundamental. The deep affinities created by each of our 17 Colleges ensure that we always have a sense of community at the heart of all we do.

Durham's four Faculties offer a host of Masters/Postgraduate Taught courses covering a variety of subject disciplines:

  • Durham University Business School
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences & Health

Please visit the Durham University website (www.durham.ac.uk) for the full available suite of Masters/Postgraduate Taught programmes.

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