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  • - Staff are a close and cohesive team who are supportive and approachable to studentsUndergraduate teaching demonstrably informed by researchPhysical Geography and Environmental Science courses scored 82% in 2011 NSS
  • An essential part of any geoscience degree!At Brighton we use both the local area, and week-long residential field courses elsewhere in the UK and abroad, to develop your geological skills.Venues include Anglesey, Pembrokeshire and Yorkshire, with overseas trips to Spain, and Cyprus to experience different geological and oceanographic environments.
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  • Typically around 20 in each year on geology courses, plus geographers, engineers, environmental hazards etc. students who take geology classes as optional modules.Recently our students organised an expedition to Iceland, where some also carried out their final year projects. Students organize the Mantell Society the University of Brighton geological society
  • Geology BSc(Hons) / Physical Geography and Geology BSc (Hons) 2014

    1. 1. Dr Norman Moles, Course Leader Why study Geology BSc(Hons) or Physical Geography and Geology BSc (Hons) at the University of Brighton?
    2. 2. Excellence in teaching and support Lectures Laboratory work Field work Group discussions Presentation skills
    3. 3. Support network • Student Support and Guidance Tutor - personal and study support • Course Leader - general issues/management of deadlines • Personal Tutor - pastoral care • Module Leader - academic issues • StudentCentral - web-based virtual learning environment, available 24/7
    4. 4. Professionally accredited courses Geology is a field-based science. Our students go to Pembrokeshire, Yorkshire, Angle sey, Spain, Cypr us
    5. 5. Skills-based learning Most employers want to see: • Key geological skills - rock identification, field skills, self management, numeracy and scientific understanding • Information technology including Geographical Information Systems and data management software • Research and data handling including research design, analysis and interpretation • Presentation skills (written and oral) through posters, seminars and discussion
    6. 6. 5 aspects to the courses Physical/Chemical Sciences Earth’s internal and external processes rock and ore forming processes planetary geology Professional Development careers investigation (2nd year) professional practice (3rd year) industry placement (optional sandwich year) applied examples throughout the course Research Skills geology of your home area (1st year) research skills (2nd year) independent project (3rd year) Life Sciences evolution and the fossil record applied palaeontology Practical Skills mineral, rock, fossil identification geological map interpretation geological mapping, core logging optical and analytical techniques geophysical surveying presentation skills Facets of the Geology degree course
    7. 7. Professional accreditation • Both courses are accredited by the Geological Society; accredited status renewed January 2012 • Stipulate aspects of course content – particularly the amount of fieldwork, numeracy skills, and development of research and professional skills. • By completing an accredited degree you have already met part of the requirements for Chartered Geologist status, and can apply for chartership earlier.
    8. 8. Employer involvement in our courses includes: • guest lectures by practicing geoscientists • site visits facilitated by companies • job advertisements relayed to students from companies/agencies looking for trained geoscientists • ‘sandwich year’ work placements Employer involvement
    9. 9. ‘Sandwich year’ work placements One year paid employment that counts towards your degree. Previous employers have included: • Industry – particularly geotechnical consultancies, water companies, mineral exploration and mining companies • Environment Agency • Local Authorities or Central Government • Armed Forces (contaminated land assessment)
    10. 10. Facilities fit for the twenty-first century Geochemistry analysis suite Geophysical surveying equipment Gamma spectrometer Petrological and electron microscopes
    11. 11. Innovative and relevant Emphasis on role of geoscientists in society Managing and mitigating contemporary environmental issues Mineral extraction and remediation
    12. 12. • Recent tectonics and sea-level change • Formation of precious and rare metal deposits • Marine geology and ancient ocean chemistry • Hydrogeology and flood management • Clean-up of contaminated land and groundwater • Carbon sequestration, nanotechnology Staff research areas include:
    13. 13. Our students Typically 40 in each year group Diverse – include mature students Organise the Mantell Society (student geological society)
    14. 14. Careers • Good opportunities for graduate geoscientists due to skills shortages in the UK and Australia • Our Destinations survey data tell us that six months after graduation, 96% of our students are working or studying • Our courses have a Career Planning Agreement with the University of Brighton Careers Centre • Geoscience career investigation integrated into a compulsory year 2 module • ‘Professional practice’ module in the final year
    15. 15. Geoscience careers Mineral exploration and mining Water resource management
    16. 16. Geoscience careers Engineering geology Environmental geology and management Contaminated land specialist
    17. 17. Geoscience careers Geohazard assessment Geotourism Research, training and teaching
    18. 18. About our courses
    19. 19. • Investigates the forces that drive internal and surface Earth processes, including evolution of life and the ocean and atmosphere • Acquire skills in three dimensional visualization of the subsurface, including fluid migration • An essential prerequisite to locating and managing resources of minerals, water, hydrocarbons and renewable resources, and risk assessment of geohazards and contaminated land Geology BSc(Hons)
    20. 20. 1st year Credits: 100 core modules (incl. 2 field courses), 20 free choice* 2nd year Credits: 120 core modules (incl. 2 field courses) 3rd year – BSc Credits: 30 core modules, 30 options, 40 project (with fieldwork), 20 free choice* Sandwich year A professional placement adds lots of experience Plus optional: MSc 120 credits taught modules & 60 credits research project Can be followed by: Geology BSc(Hons) course structure *Language option available
    21. 21. • Bringing together geology and geography into one degree course gives you the ‘best of both worlds’ and a broad understanding of Earth Science • The course develops experience and skills required to tackle issues such as water and mineral supplies, pollution, waste disposal, geohazards and environmental impacts Physical Geography and Geology BSc(Hons)
    22. 22. 1st year Credits: 120 core modules (incl. 2 field courses) 2nd year Credits: 50 core modules (incl. 1 field course), 70 option modules 3rd year – BSc Credits: 60 option modules, 40 project (with fieldwork), 20 free choice* Sandwich year Plus optional: MSc Can be followed by: Physical Geography and Geology BSc(Hons) *Language option available
    23. 23. Any questions?
    24. 24. Enjoy the rest of your visit School Office: 01273 642288