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Daeareg (MESci)

Blwyddyn Mynediad

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.

Mae’r cwrs MESci pedair blynedd yng Nghaerdydd yn cynnwys profion damcaniaethol, dadansoddiad critigol a datrys problemau wrth ddysgu am y broses a chanlyniadau ymchwil.

Cadwch le ar ddiwrnod agored

Trosolwg y cwrs

Geology is the science of our planet the Earth, its oceans, atmosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. Geology encompasses the study of minerals and rocks that form the solid Earth, the processes that occur on and within the Earth, and the evolution of life that inhabits the Earth. Our Geology degree gives you a broad view of the physical, chemical and biological processes that formed the Earth. You will learn how to observe this history within rock outcrops, and to infer the processes controlling Earth’s structure and environments.

The MESci builds upon the equivalent BSc course by means of a fourth year that provides specialist training in hypothesis testing, critical analysis and problem solving, whilst learning about the process and outcomes of research. You will undertake a specialist research project in a subject area of your choice, working with a member of staff in their area of expertise, and undertake research in the field during the MESci field course. The MESci is designed for students who might aim to pursue a research career in academia, government or industry.

A key component of this course is fieldwork. You will travel to classic localities both in the UK and abroad. On these excursions you will learn how to record observations, how to analyse and interpret a wide range of rocks and structures in the field, and be trained in making geological maps. Our field courses focus on themes such as the growth and collapse of mountain belts, the development of sedimentary basins and their oil and gas potential, and the origins of oceanic crust.

In year one you will visit a variety of areas near Cardiff, and we currently spend a week in Pembrokeshire. In year two we currently visit Dorset, Arran and northern Spain. In year three we currently visit Cyprus, where all that you have learned previously can be synthesised into a picture that reveals the nature of our dynamic Earth.

Geologists are much sought after in many professions because of their global view of natural processes, and their ability to interpret and synthesise data. For students interested in professional research careers in Geology, the four-year MESci provides a strong basis for investigation and research in this subject.  

Nodweddion nodedig

In this broad-based, accredited degree you will learn how to read the rocks, assess the processes involved in their formation, reconstruct past environments and interpret how life evolved.

A key component of this course in all four years is fieldwork in the UK and overseas. You learn how to record observations, analyse and interpret rocks and structures in the field and make a geological map which culminates in a five-week independent mapping project between years 2 and 3.

We currently offer two overseas fieldtrips on each programme with travel and accommodation costs covered by your tuition fees

You will be taught by world leading Earth scientists from a wide variety of disciplines, involved in national and international research programmes.

In year four you will complete a master's research dissertation, working on a topic of your choice, which provides a range of skills beyond that provided by the BSc, and can widen your career opportunities.


Côd UCASF601
Derbyniad nesafMedi 2018
Hyd4 blwyddyn
Modd (astudio)Amser llawn
Lleoedd sydd ar gael fel arferThe School typically has approx 150 places available.
Nifer y ceisiadau a dderbynnir fel arferThe School typically receives approx 740 applications.

Gofynion mynediad

ABB, including two sciences (from Chemistry, Physics, Biology,Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Applied Science, Environmental Studies, Archaeology, Computing, ICT, Physical Education (PE), Psychology, or Sports Science) and, where applicable, a pass in the practical element of the science A level. Please note, General Studies will not be accepted.

Cymhwyster Prosiect Estynedig: Fel arfer, bydd ymgeiswyr sydd wedi ennill gradd A yn y Cymhwyster Prosiect Estynedig (EPQ) yn cael cynnig un radd yn is na’r cynnig safonol ar gyfer Safon Uwch. Noder bod yn rhaid bodloni unrhyw ofynion sy’n benodol i’r pwnc o hyd

Derbynnir Tystysgrif Her Sgiliau Bagloriaeth Cymru Uwch yn lle un pwnc Safon Uwch (ar y graddau a restrir uchod) ac eithrio unrhyw bynciau penodol.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

32 points, including two sciences at HL from Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Applied Science, Environmental Studies, Archaeology, Computing, ICT, Psychology, Physical Education (PE), or Sports Science

Gallai cymwysterau amgen gael eu derbyn. Cewch ragor o wybodaeth am ofynion mynediad ar dudalen meini prawf derbyn Ysgol Gwyddorau'r Ddaear a'r Môr.

IELTS (academic)

O leiaf 6.5 yn gyffredinol gydag o leiaf 5.5 ym mhob is-sgôr.


O leiaf 90 gyda sgôr o 17 o leiaf ar gyfer ysgrifennu, 17 ar gyfer gwrando, 18 ar gyfer darllen ac 20 ar gyfer siarad.

PTE Academic

62 gydag o leiaf 51 yn yr holl sgiliau cyfathrebu.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: dau Ragoriaeth a dau Deilyngdod o leiaf.
III: o leiaf Llwyddo ym mhob cydran.

Cymwysterau eraill a dderbynnir

Os ydych yn ymgeisydd tramor ac nid Saesneg yw eich iaith gyntaf, ewch i'n tudalen am ofynion Iaith Saesneg i gael rhagor o wybodaeth am ba gymwysterau y byddwn yn eu derbyn.

You will require GCSE Maths at grade C or grade 4 and GCSE English or Welsh Language at grade C or grade 4. 

Ffioedd dysgu

Myfyrwyr y DU ac UE (2018/19)

Ffioedd DysguBlaendal


Ewch i'n tudalennau ffioedd dysgu i gael y wybodaeth ddiweddaraf.

Gallai cymorth ariannol fod ar gael ar gyfer unigolion sy'n bodloni rhai meini prawf. Cewch ragor o wybodaeth yn ein hadran arian. Dim ond hyn a hyn o gymorth ariannol y gall y ffynonellau hyn eu cynnig, felly ni allwn warantu y bydd pawb sy'n bodloni'r meini prawf yn cael arian.

Myfyrwyr tu allan i'r UE (2018/19)

Ffioedd DysguBlaendal


Ewch i'n tudalennau ffioedd dysgu i gael y wybodaeth ddiweddaraf.

Gallai cymorth ariannol fod ar gael ar gyfer unigolion sy'n bodloni rhai meini prawf. Cewch ragor o wybodaeth yn ein hadran arian. Dim ond hyn a hyn o gymorth ariannol y gall y ffynonellau hyn eu cynnig, felly ni allwn warantu y bydd pawb sy'n bodloni'r meini prawf yn cael arian.

Costau ychwanegol

Fieldwork costs are covered apart from a contribution towards food if it is provided during the trip.

Cyfarpar ar gyfer cwrs penodol

Specialist equipment for working in the field and any other equipment appropriate for your degree will be provided by the School.


Mae gennym amrywiaeth o breswylfeydd sydd yn gweddu i anghenion a phoced yr unigolyn. Cewch wybod rhagor ar ein tudalennau llety.

Strwythur y cwrs

This is a full-time four-year programme which follows the BSc route with the equivalent title for the first three years, but with additional small-group teaching on the methodology and philosophy of research. In year four you will undertake a major research project as well as taking specialised modules.

Mae'r modiwlau a ddangosir yn esiampl o'r cwricwlwm arferol. Byddant yn cael eu hadolygu cyn blwyddyn academaidd 2018/19. Bydd y modiwlau terfynol yn cael eu cyhoeddi erbyn mis Medi 2018

Blwyddyn un

Year one is designed to give you a sound foundation in Geology upon which to build, starting from the basics. You will earn 120 credits for the year, through a mixture of 10-credit and 20-credit modules.

At the end of your first semester you will decide whether to continue with your original degree choice or switch to another one of our degrees e.g. Exploration and Resource Geology.

Teitl modiwlCôd modiwlCredydau
Planet EarthEA120110 credydau
Earth Surface ProcessesEA120220 credydau
Dangerous EarthEA120310 credydau
Geographical Information SystemsEA120410 credydau
Earth Science Field SkillsEA120520 credydau
Georesources and EnergyEA120810 credydau
Earth MaterialsEA120920 credydau
Geological Maps and StructuresEA121010 credydau
History of LifeEA121110 credydau

Blwyddyn dau

You take a suite of modules and fieldwork aimed at providing the basic tools for understanding the processes that formed the planet. You will earn 120 credits for the year, through a mixture of 10-credit and 20-credit modules.

Extensive field training during this year currently includes residential trips to Dorset, Arran and Spain. During these trips you will learn a wide range of practical skills that are an essential training for geologists.

In your summer between years two and three you will undertake a five-week independent mapping project in the UK or overseas. 

Teitl modiwlCôd modiwlCredydau
Formation of the British IslesEA220220 credydau
Solid EarthEA220420 credydau
Geological ResourcesEA220510 credydau
GeophysicsEA220610 credydau
Structural GeologyEA220710 credydau
Sedimentology and StratigraphyEA220820 credydau
PalaeoecologyEA221010 credydau
Field Mapping and Research TutorialEA222320 credydau

Blwyddyn tri

In your third year, you will write up your mapping project report. You will take the core modules Dynamic Earth and we currently also take a field course to Cyprus.

Optional modules will vary from year to year and there are sometimes restrictions in availability due to lack of demand, oversubscription, timetable clashes or the need for you to have taken certain other modules first.

Teitl modiwlCôd modiwlCredydau
Geological Mapping ProjectEA310430 credydau
Geology FieldcourseEA312810 credydau
Dynamic EarthEA313510 credydau
Research SkillsEA323710 credydau
Teitl modiwlCôd modiwlCredydau
Volcanic and Magmatic ProcessesEA310110 credydau
Global GeomorphologyEA310310 credydau
Water ResourcesEA311710 credydau
Advanced Sedimentology and StratigraphyEA311810 credydau
Petroleum Geology and Basin AnalysisEA311920 credydau
Engineering GeologyEA312310 credydau
PalaeobiologyEA312710 credydau
Structural TechniquesEA313110 credydau
Hazards and RiskEA313910 credydau
Applied MineralogyEA314410 credydau
GlaciologyEA314610 credydau
PaleoclimateEA314710 credydau
Evolving BiosphereEA314810 credydau
Isotope GeoscienceEA321410 credydau
Marine MicrofossilsEA322710 credydau

Blwyddyn pedwar

You will complete a master's research dissertation in any Geology related topic that can be supervised in the School. You will work one-to-one with a research supervisor and may interact with a research group.

Since the School is large and of international research standard, this means you have a wide choice of dissertation topic. Many students develop their own topics and contact a researcher to see if they can supervise it. Alternatively a list of projects is published each year for you to choose from.

In consultation with staff, you may seek to publish the principal results of your research project in the scientific literature.

In addition the Research Project module, you will take the year four field course, where you design and carry out a field study, learn how computer modelling can be used in Earth sciences, and participate in a student-led module on the evolution of planet Earth.

Teitl modiwlCôd modiwlCredydau
MESci Research ProjectEA420170 credydau
MESci FieldcourseEA420220 credydau
Numerical Modelling in Earth and Ocean SciencesEA420310 credydau
Building Planet EarthEA420420 credydau
Mae'r Brifysgol wedi ymrwymo i ddarparu amrywiaeth eang o opsiynau modiwl lle’n bosibl. Ond byddwch yn ymwybodol er y byddwn yn gwneud pob ymdrech i gynnig dewis, gall hyn gael ei gyfyngu mewn rhai amgylchiadau. Y rheswm am hyn yw'r ffaith mai dim ond nifer cyfyngedig o leoedd sydd ar gael ar rai modiwlau, a gaiff eu dyrannu ar sail y cyntaf i'r felin. Mae'n ofynnol i fodiwlau eraill sicrhau isafswm nifer o fyfyrwyr cyn gallu eu cynnal, er mwyn gwneud yn siŵr y gellir cyflwyno addysg o ansawdd priodol. Gall modiwlau gael eu cyfyngu oherwydd gwrthdaro yn yr amserlen hefyd, ac er bod y Brifysgol yn ymdrechu i amharu cyn lleied â phosibl ar eich dewis, byddai'n syniad da i chi ofyn am gyngor gan yr Ysgol berthnasol am y dewisiadau modiwl sydd ar gael.

Dysgu ac asesu

Sut caf fy addysgu?

The School of Earth and Ocean Sciences has a tradition of excellent teaching, delivered by lecturers at the cutting edge of international research. The School maintains a friendly and informal approach fostered by staff-student interactions in the field.

Teaching in the School is conducted by a variety of methods:

  • formal lectures
  • laboratory practical classes
  • fieldwork
  • tutorials
  • Independent study

Formal lectures, practical classes and tutorials emphasise that students should take ownership of their own learning programme and ‘learning how to learn’. Time for independent study reinforces this approach.

Fieldwork is a vital for understanding Geology and all students go on at least one residential field trip each academic year as well as numerous specialist day trips. 

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Sut y caf fy nghefnogi?

All students are assigned a personal tutor who will hold timetabled tutorials: fortnightly in year one and monthly during other years. Your tutor will be a specialist in your degree course and will advise you on both academic and pastoral matters.

You will have a nominated supervisor for your major final year project.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles. Opportunities for you to reflect on your abilities and performance are available through the Learning Central ‘Personal Development Planning’ module.

Where facilities exist your lectures will be recorded and videoed for you to further study in your own time.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.


You will receive written feedback for written coursework assignments and oral feedback for assessed presentations

Sut caf fy asesu?

Modules will be assessed to test knowledge and understanding through:

  • practical assignments
  • essay assignments
  • fieldwork
  • oral presentations
  • mapping dissertation
  • formal examinations

You will receive written feedback for written coursework assignments, oral feedback for assessed presentations.

NOTE: The University welcomes applications from students with disabilities and we may be able to offer alternative assessment methods.

Dulliau asesu (2017/18 data)

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Pa sgiliau bydda i’n eu hymarfer a’u datblygu?

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme describe what you will be able to do as a result of your study at Cardiff University. They will help you to understand what is expected of you. 

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme can be found below:

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • A rigorous understanding of the scientific process, including the design and testing of hypotheses, and the formulation of new concepts
  • A comprehensive understanding of the laboratory, field, and/or computational methodologies relevant to geology
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the field of geology and an appreciation of its wider context within Earth system science
  • Systematic understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of geology and the need for integration of knowledge from cognate sciences

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to critically analyse the scientific literature, and synthesise current knowledge and understanding of geological topics
  • The ability to design appropriate methodology to tackle a research question
  • The ability to critically analyse and interpret data, and to use the data to support the development of new concepts
  • The ability to solve complex scientific problems both creatively and independently
  • The ability to use knowledge and scientific, evidence-based methods in data assessment and problem solving

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • An ability to independently plan complex projects
  • The ability to rigorously and effectively communicate scientific results in both oral and written formats
  • Practical geological skills, such as constructing a geological map and rock recognition, both in hand specimen and thin sections
  • Practical skills in information technology, geographical information systems, digital geology applications, fieldwork, data and project management

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate the following key transferable skills:

  • Collection, evaluation, synthesis and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data
  • The ability to work effectively in a team and as an individual
  • Effective time management and organisational skills
  • Independent learning and research skills through your major research project and other modules
  • A commitment to lifelong learning through engaging in the process of personal development planning and ownership of your own learning
  • Personal and professional attributes consistent with a research career in academia, industry or government.


Rhagolygon gyrfa

Based on responses from the 2016-17 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 90% of Earth science graduates were in employment or engaged in further study within six months of graduation, with others taking time out to travel.

Employers included local government and companies and organisations such as the British Geological Survey, the Environment Agency, Digirock, Hummingbird Resources and BHP Billiton.

Typical career destinations for graduates in Geology include engineering geologist, exploration geologist, reservoir geologist, survey geologist, mineralogist, mineral exploration, geological consultant, field mapping, oil geologist, mining software analyst, geophysical surveying and water industry.


  • Engineering Geologist
  • Exploration Geologist
  • Reservoir Geologist
  • Mineral Exploration
  • Geological Consultant
  • Field Mapping
  • Oil Geologist
  • Mining Software Analyst

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