Geowyddor Amgylcheddol (BSc)
- UCAS code: F648
- Next intake: September 2022
- Duration: 3 years
- Mode: Full time
Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.
Why study this course
In most cases, you may request a transfer to the MSci degree programme or switch to another course in the same School at the end of the first year.
We take regular field trips in the UK and overseas to help you develop strong fieldwork skills. The cost of compulsory field trips is included in the course fees.
No prior knowledge needed
You don’t need to have studied Geology to take this course. We start with the basics to bring everyone to the same level.
An environmental geoscientist uses their understanding of the planet and its processes to predict hazards like floods and earthquakes, clean up dangerous waste, and help civil engineers plan the construction of new roads, tunnels or buildings. On this three-year course, you will develop advanced skills in mapping, research, analysis and problem-solving.
South Wales has a rich geological history and is ideal for teaching how geology impacts on landscapes and industry. We make the most of our location and take regular day trips to areas of natural beauty and old industrial and mining sites, as well as overseas trips to places like Tenerife and Cyprus.
We’ve worked with industry to design our degree so you graduate with the specialist skills needed to be a professional environmental geoscientist.
ABB-BBB (gydag 1 pwnc gwyddoniaeth) neu BBB-BBC (gyda 2 bwnc gwyddoniaeth). Pynciau gwyddoniaeth derbyniol: Bioleg, Cemeg, Cyfrifiadureg, Gwyddor yr Amgylchedd, Daearyddiaeth, Daeareg, Mathemateg, Ffiseg.
Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.
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.
32-31 yn gyffredinol neu 665 mewn 3 phwnc HL (gydag 1 pwnc gwyddoniaeth HL) neu 31-30 yn gyffredinol neu 665-655 mewn 3 phwnc HL (gyda 2 bwnc gwyddoniaeth HL). Pynciau gwyddoniaeth derbyniol: Bioleg, Cemeg, Cyfrifiadureg, Gwyddor yr Amgylchedd, Daearyddiaeth, Daeareg, Mathemateg, Ffiseg.
DDM-DMM mewn Diploma Estynedig BTEC mewn Gwyddor Anifeiliaid, Gwyddoniaeth Gymhwysol, Gwyddor Iechyd, TGCh, neu Wyddor Chwaraeon ac Ymarfer Corff.
Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.
Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.
Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.
At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.
At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.
At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.
Trinity ISE II/III
II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.
Other accepted qualifications
Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.
Mae'n rhaid eich bod chi wedi bod yn gweithio tuag at:
- Iaith Saesneg neu Gymraeg ar radd TGAU gradd C / 4 neu gyfwerth (fel Safon Uwch). Os oes angen fisa Myfyriwr arnoch, rhaid i chi sicrhau bod eich cymhwyster iaith yn cydymffurfio â gofynion UKVI.
- TGAU Mathemateg gradd C / 4 neu gymhwyster cyfatebol (pwnc a gradd). Os ydych chi'n cymryd Mathemateg Safon Uwch (neu gyfwerth), nid oes angen Mathemateg TGAU. Gellir derbyn Mathemateg Craidd hefyd yn lle TGAU Mathemateg.
Nid ydym yn derbyn Meddwl yn Feirniadol, Astudiaethau Cyffredinol, Astudiaethau Dinasyddiaeth na phynciau cyfatebol tebyg eraill.
Byddwn yn derbyn cyfuniad o bynciau BTEC, Safon Uwch a chymwysterau eraill, yn amodol ar ofynion gradd a phwnc penodol y cwrs.
Nid yw'n ofynnol i chi gwblhau gwiriad DBS (Gwasanaeth Gwahardd Datgelu) na darparu Tystysgrif Ymddygiad Da i astudio'r cwrs hwn. Os ydych chi'n destun unrhyw amod trwydded neu gyfyngiad monitro ar hyn o bryd a allai effeithio ar eich gallu i gwblhau'ch astudiaethau yn llwyddiannus, bydd gofyn i chi ddatgelu'ch cofnod troseddol. Mae'r amodau'n cynnwys, ond heb fod yn gyfyngedig i:
- mynediad at gyfrifiaduron neu ddyfeisiau sy'n gallu storio delweddau
- defnyddio offer / dyfeisiau rhyngrwyd a chyfathrebu
- rhyddid i symud
- cyswllt â phobl sy'n gysylltiedig â Phrifysgol Caerdydd.
Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.
Students from the UK
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Students from the rest of the world (international)
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
The fieldwork costs for your core modules are included but you will need to contribute towards food if it is provided during the trip. You will need to pay for any optional fieldwork modules. The cost of these trips will be capped at an amount determined by the school. Students facing financial hardship may be eligible to apply to the Cardiff Financial Assistance Programme for help with these costs.
Course specific equipment
You will need suitable clothing including warm weather, wind and storm-proof jackets and walking boots. The school will provide all health and safety equipment as well as specialised field equipment.
We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.
We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.
This is a three-year full-time degree. In your first and second year you will study core modules and get a strong foundation in environmental geoscience. In year three there are core and optional modules so you have some flexibility to choose the areas that you’re interested in.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.
In your first year, you will study core modules designed to give you a strong foundation in Earth sciences and geology. We start with the basic principles and cover topics like Earth’s surface plates and internal structure, the minerals that make our planet and the evolution of life through billions of years of geological time. You will develop essential skills like mapping and surveying, microscopy and representing data in geographical information systems (GIS).
We will go on local field trips across South Wales and a week-long residential field trip to Pembrokeshire in West Wales to build on your learning from lectures and practical classes.
All of the degrees in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences study the same first semester. After semester one you can decide whether you want to continue with your original choice or switch to one of the other degrees (such as Geology or Exploration Geology).
You earn 120 credits for the year with each core module worth 20 credits.
In your second year, you will build on the knowledge from year one and start exploring more advanced concepts like geomorphology and hydrology, sedimentary processes, and the structures resulting from earthquakes and mountain building. You will gain skills and experience in sampling, data collection and analysis ready for your dissertation in year three.
We will go on residential field trips to Central and West Wales and Dorset. We’ll also go on day trips across South Wales to explore old mining centres and sites associated with geohazards such as landslides or metal contamination.
In the summer between year two and three, you will do a five-week independent project to prepare for your dissertation in year three. This will be focussed on an applied environmental problem such as the assessment of contaminated land or an analysis of stream or groundwater to find out whether it presents a hazard to human health. In the past students have carried out projects at sites in the UK, Ireland, France and Spain.
You earn 120 credits for the year. This is made up of 40 and 20 credit core modules and a choice of 20 credit optional modules.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Applied Geological Fieldwork, Data Analysis and Professional Skills||EA2302||40 credits|
|Sedimentary facies and environments||EA2303||20 credits|
|Structural Geology and Geophysical Investigation||EA2305||20 credits|
|Applied Environmental and Resource Geology||EA2306||20 credits|
|Process Geomorphology & Hydrology||EA2312||20 credits|
You earn 120 credits for the year. The core modules include your 40-credit dissertation and the 20 credit modules in Advanced Environmental Geology and Hazards, Risk and Resilience. For your optional modules, you can choose advanced geoscience or advanced geography fieldwork plus a range of specialist subjects like petroleum geology, past climates, or geodynamics
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.
Learning and assessment
We are a friendly and informal school and you will be supported and taught by world-leading experts involved in cutting-edge international research.
Our teaching approach is a mix of theory and practical and includes: lectures, laboratory work, fieldwork, tutorials, workshops and seminars. You will also be encouraged to learn independently throughout the course. We encourage you to think logically and apply this to environmental problems. The skills you will gain are in demand in sectors like civil and environmental engineering, insurance, water supply and consulting.
How will I be supported?
At the start of the course you will be allocated a personal tutor who you will meet with regularly for tutorials. Tutorials are fortnightly in the first year and then monthly in year two and three. Your personal tutor will be a specialist in your chosen degree course and can offer advice on academic and personal matters. In year three you will also be allocated a supervisor for your dissertation project.
We have a Learning Central website where you can access videos, images, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, links to further reading, electronic exercises and discussion circles. Where possible, lectures will be recorded so you can watch and study in your own time.
The Learning Central website also has a ‘Personal Development Planning’ module that supports you in regularly assessing your progress and meeting your development needs.
The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, alongside excellent libraries and resource centres.
We aim to create an inclusive, supportive and welcoming environment that respects the dignity of staff and students of all ages, ethnicities, disabilities, family structures, genders, nationalities, sexual orientations, races, religious or other beliefs, and socio-economic backgrounds. Read about our commitment to the Athena SWAN principles and our Bronze status (https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/earth-ocean-sciences/about-us/equality-diversity-and-inclusivity).
What skills will I practise and develop?
Knowledge & Understanding:
- On successful completion of the entire Programme students will be able to demonstrate the following:
- The ability to acquire, integrate and synthesise information to address complex problems in earth sciences
- Knowledge and understanding of the structure of the Earth, its materials, lifeforms and resources and the processes that shape it at present and through geological time.
- Ability to explain the role and impact of earth science in solving 21st century environmental challenges such as climate change, geohazards and the sustainability of energy, water and other natural resources to meet the needs of the world’s population.
- Ability to explain the importance of applying geoscience to urban planning and infrastructure development and regeneration.
On successful completion of the Programme students will be able to demonstrate the following:
- Comprehension and critical evaluation of science-based evidence to assess and formulate solutions to complex multi-component problems in earth sciences.
- The ability to assemble and critically evaluate information in order to generate and interpret datasets in 2D, 3D and 4D to formulate realistic conceptual earth models as a tool for resource exploration, extraction and sustainable management
- The capability to evaluate current research in the earth sciences, with commensurate appreciation of uncertainty and debate and limits to understanding.
Professional Practical Skills:
On successful completion of the Programme students will be able to demonstrate the following:
- Ability to recognise and interpret rocks, minerals and fossils to determine the geological relationships and reconstruct the history of any particular sample/outcrop/region under study.
- Understanding of the methods used to acquire geospatial data and represent such data in 2D and 3D using maps and digital platforms such as GIS, and the construction of conceptual ground models.
- Analysis and portrayal of numerical data in earth sciences, including using appropriate software.
- Problem solving involving integration and analysis of diverse and often incomplete earth science data and using appropriate qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
- The ability to design, implement and safely carry out a programme of field- or laboratory-based research and report the findings effectively in writing.
On successful completion of the Programme students will be able to demonstrate the following:
- Ability to design, implement and manage a project through an independent dissertation.
- The ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Application of the scientific method, numerical and spatial skills including visualization to the understanding of 3D (and 4D) data sets and their interpolation in space (and time).
- Ability to communicate information and concepts effectively through oral, written and visual means to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
- An understanding of the benefits of employment networking and continuing professional development.
- Problem solving, reliability, loyalty, social conduct, tact, attitude to learning and research, leadership, resilience, decision-making and reasoning.
Careers and placements
With the planet facing increasing environmental threats and challenges, the knowledge and skills of an environmental geoscientist are in demand. Environmental geoscientists will play an important role in developing sustainable infrastructure, green energy projects and helping to manage and remove pollution left by former industries like mining and chemicals manufacturing.
You can choose to work in a variety of different industries and roles including conservation and environmental management, as an engineering geologist, a water engineer or an environmental consultant. You will also have essential employable skills that sectors like insurance, finance, education and planning are looking for.
Some of our past students have gone on to work at the Environment Agency, BAM Construction, Atkins, Welsh Water, LCM Environmental Services and Mott MacDonald.
95% of the School's first-degree graduates were in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities such as travelling, 15 months after the end of their course (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18).
Contains HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data.
Gall unrhyw fyfyriwr sy'n gallu cael lleoliad addas gyda chwmni neu sefydliad drosglwyddo i'n rhaglen pedair blynedd, a graddio gyda BSc gyda Blwyddyn ar Leoliad Proffesiynol. Ni allwn warantu lleoliad i chi, gan fod y broses recriwtio a dethol yn dibynnu ar y cwmni yr ydych yn gwneud cais ar ei gyfer. Fodd bynnag, byddwn yn eich cefnogi chi i ddod o hyd i leoliad a gwneud cais, a gall gwasanaeth gyrfaoedd y Brifysgol eich helpu gyda'ch ceisiadau, CV a sgiliau cyfweliad. Yn ôl ein profiad ni, mae myfyrwyr sy'n cyflawni blwyddyn ar leoliad proffesiynol yn dychwelyd i'w hastudiaethau gyda sgiliau cyflogadwyedd a phrofiad diwydiant amhrisiadwy.
South Wales is one of the best locations in the UK to study environmental geoscience, having a wealth of local natural and manmade geoenvironmental case studies on our doorstep. These natural locations range from the beautiful Welsh coastline up to the scenic mountains of the Brecon Beacons, including eroding sea cliffs, sand dunes, wetlands, valley slopes and past glacial erosion. With a long industrial history, South Wales also offers study sites that include landfills, heavy metal contamination, acid mine drainage, derelict land and mining subsidence.
We also travel abroad for residential fieldwork. For example, we currently visit Portugal to conduct geological mapping training and investigate its geoecology. We currently also travel to Tenerife, with its imposing volcano, to tie everything you have learnt together into a “whole island concept”, which links geomorphology, hazards, soils, vegetation, water and sustainability.
All of the travel and accommodation on our fieldtrips is paid for by the School. We will only ask you for a small contribution towards food and drink for each trip.
HESA data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18, published by HESA in June 2020.