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NEW B.Sc. (Hons) Geoscience and Physics
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A new 4-year B.Sc (Hons) in Physics and Geoscience will be one of the undergraduate study options within the Faculty of Science  as from October 2017.  This exciting new programme represents the Department’s aim of producing a new generation of skilled, flexible  and scientifically trained graduates who will contribute to a much needed geoscience workforce, in line with modern developments in resource exploration and management, the understanding and mitigation of  geohazards and georisks, the challenges of climate change and climate modelling, atmospheric science and pollution modelling, physical and operational oceanography, marine geology and seafloor investigation, and the science  of environmental  management.
The combination of Geoscience with Physics will ensure that students obtain the necessary understanding of physics, mathematics and computing core areas to enable them to apply these principles to the workings of the different spheres making up our planet.  Geoscience is  a highly rewarding and  interdisciplinary field of study which exposes the students to a wide array of interesting methodologies, field, laboratory and computational experiences, providing them with a highly flexible skill set that can be applied in a choice of career options. Graduates will thus be prepared to work on some of society’s most challenging problems.

The first two years of the Geoscience area consist of compulsory subjects, such as geology, geophysics, physical oceanography, atmospheric science, GIS and programming skills, etc, while in the last two years, we offer a wide choice of electives such that the student can choose a particular “pathway” such as atmospheric and ocean sciences, or geophysics and geology.  

The brochure may be downloaded from here 

For further information, and entry requirements please visit 

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Last Updated: 19 July 2017

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