Natural Sciences

Earth Sciences within Natural Sciences 2022-2023

This pages is primarily intended for existing students. It consists of modules available to Natural Sciences students, Joint-Honours regulations and general advice (which includes links to Departmental advice.)

The following lists the module code and the title of each module by the level of each module - clicking on the link will take you to further details listed in the Faculty Handbooks.

The last digit of the module code indicates whether the module is single, double or triple. The level indicates the year in which modules are normally taken, but it is often the case that students take modules from the adjacent level beneath the year of study. Visit the Subjects page for the general overarching rules and structure.

Please note that the modules on offer and the requirements for progression can change from year to year and that the only combinations of modules that are guaranteed to fit in the timetable are those splits between the two departments on an approved Joint Honours route (MSci and BSc).

Within Natural Sciences, Earth Sciences has BSc Joint-Honours programmes with: Biology; Chemistry; Geography.

In BSc students' final year, they are required to take no less than 20 credits and no more than 60 credits of Capstone Modules. MSci student students are not required to take a capstone module, but rather take a Dissertation/Project in Year 4. Dissertation/Project/Capstone modules are denoted with G

Earth Sciences modules available to Natural Sciences students

Level 1 modules

Earth Materials (GEOL1021)
Field Studies (GEOL1051)
Further Mathematics For Geosciences (GEOL1081)
Understanding Earth Sciences (GEOL1101)
Environment And Resources (GEOL1111)

Level 2 modules

Structural Geology And Tectonics (GEOL2011)
Sedimentary Environments (GEOL2031)
Geophysical Methods For Geoscientists (GEOL2081)
Isotopes And Climate (GEOL2171)
Fieldwork (geological) (GEOL2191)
Fieldwork (environmental) (GEOL2201)
Igneous And Metamorphic Geochemistry And Petrology (GEOL2231)
Fieldwork (geophysical) (GEOL2241)
Modelling Earth Processes II (GEOL2251)
Geophysical Data Applications (GEOL2291)
Ancient Life And Its Environment (GEOL2301)

Level 3 modules

Petrology, Geochemistry And Global Tectonics (fieldwork) (GEOL3011)
DissertationG (GEOL3022)
Environmental Geochemistry (GEOL3041)
Volcanology And Magmatism (GEOL3051)
Deformation Processes In The Lithosphere (GEOL3091)
Earth Structure And Dynamics (GEOL3151)
Hazardous Geophysical Flows From Advanced Geophysics Flows (GEOL3221)
Earth System And Climate (GEOL3231)
Earth Sciences Into SchoolsG (GEOL3251)
Environmental Management (GEOL3281)
Petrology, Geochemistry And Global Tectonics (GEOL3301)
Science EnterpriseG (NSCI3001)

Level 4 modules

Research ProjectG (GEOL4053)
Science Communication (GEOL4061)
Earth Science Field Seminar (GEOL4081)
Earth Sciences Into Industry (GEOL4091)
Environmental Geochemistry IV (GEOL4111)
Deformation Processes In The Lithosphere IV (GEOL4121)
Petroleum Geophysics IV (GEOL4131)
Earth System And Climate IV (GEOL4141)
Earth Structure And Dynamics IV (GEOL4161)

Requirements for Joint Honours (BSc and MSci Programmes)

Please note that these requirements are just for the B.Sc. degrees and the M.Sci. in Natural Sciences, requirements for the JH M.Sci. degrees involving Earth Sciences are detailed elsewhere.

Geological Sciences
Year 1

40 credits: Understanding Earth Sciences (GEOL1101) and (Earth Materials (GEOL1021) or Environment And Resources (GEOL1111))

Year 2

60 credits: Modules taken from the Level 2 Earth Sciences list.

Year 3

40 credits: Modules taken from the Level 3 Earth Sciences list. If 60 credits or more are taken, 20 credit module can be at Level 2.

Advice for progression and other aspects

Natural Sciences advice
Year 1

Geological Sciences: If you want to take 40 credits of Earth Sciences, then Earth Materials (GEOL1021) is advised in addition to Understanding Earth Sciences (GEOL1101).
For accreditation Field Studies (GEOL1051) must be taken at either Level 1 or Level 2.
All students wanting to obtain accreditation must take the two "Joint-Honours" modules and Field Studies (GEOL1051) - see the Faculty Handbook for definitive guidance.
Note: See the last few paragraphs of the BSc and MSci degree regulations to find out about degree accreditation.
Progression from: GEOL1021; GEOL1101; GEOL1051.

Year 2

Geological Sciences: To obtain accreditation modules to the value of 60 credits or more must be taken and must include (the latter module may be taken at level 1): Fieldwork (geological) (GEOL2191); Environment And Resources (GEOL1111) - see the Faculty Handbook for definitive guidance.
General: For the mathematically inclined with some programming experience Isotopes And Climate (GEOL2171), Modelling Earth Processes (GEOL2251) have "no prerequisites".
In 2023/24 Geophysical Methods For Geoscientists (GEOL2081) will not be on offer.
See the last few paragraphs of the BSc and MSci degree regulations to find out about degree accreditation.
Progression from: GEOL2191; GEOL1111; GEOL2171; GEOL2251; GEOL2081.

Year 3

Geological Sciences: To obtain accreditation modules to the value of 80 credits or more must be taken and must include Dissertation (GEOL3022) - see the Faculty Handbook for definitive guidance.
General: Earth System And Climate (GEOL3231) has no prerequisites.
See the last few paragraphs of the BSc and MSci degree regulations to find out about degree accreditation.
Progression from: GEOL3022; GEOL3231.

For more information about the Natural Sciences degree programme, please contact:

Dr. James Blowey
Deputy Head of Faculty
Faculty of Science Office
Level 3 Chemistry Building
Durham University
DH1 3LE
UK

Email: Natural Sciences Director

WWW: Natural Sciences home page

The Natural Sciences web pages are maintained by James Blowey