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Daeareg Fforio (MSci)

  • UCAS code: F626
  • Next intake: September 2022
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Mode: Full time

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


Entry Year

Why study this course

Specialise in the exploration of our natural resources and gain valuable research skills on this four-year degree.

People have been using Earth’s natural resources like metals, minerals, oil and gas for centuries to build our towns and cities, power our homes, and make the vehicles, devices and tools that we depend on. New resources are increasingly hard to find and specialist skills and technology are required to locate and use them responsibly.

On our Exploration Geology course, you will learn how Earth’s processes have created natural resources and how to explore for them to meet future demand. You will develop skills in fieldwork (both above and underground), data analysis and confident decision making and use modern exploration software.

Our Master's degrees involve a fourth year of study where you work on a research project with a scientist from the School and their research team. Your advanced research and problem-solving skills will be invaluable to employers in academia, government and industry. 

We’ve worked with industry to design our course so you graduate with the specialist skills needed to be a professional exploration geologist.

We make the most of our location and take regular field trips to explore mining sites across Wales. There will also be opportunities to do overseas trips, in the past we’ve been to Spain and Cyprus.

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Professionally accredited

Accredited by the Geological Society, the professional body for geosciences in the UK.

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Industry-focused teaching

Designed with input from industry to ensure you graduate with the specialist skills needed to be a professional exploration geologist.

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Local connections

Based in the same building as the Welsh office of the British Geological Survey and next door to the National Museum of Wales.

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Great location

Close to a former gold mine and other outstanding natural landscapes where you can develop your fieldwork skills.

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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.

Subject area: Gwyddorau'r ddaear a’r amgylchedd

Subject area: Daeareg a'r geowyddorau

Entry requirements

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.

DDM-DMM mewn Diploma Estynedig BTEC mewn Gwyddor Anifeiliaid, Gwyddoniaeth Gymhwysol, Gwyddor Iechyd, TGCh, neu Wyddor Chwaraeon ac Ymarfer Corff.

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.

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.

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 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
  • cyrffyw
  • rhyddid i symud
  • cyswllt â phobl sy'n gysylltiedig â Phrifysgol Caerdydd.

Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.

Tuition fees

Students from the UK

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year. Fees for the previous year were £9,000.

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year.

Students from the rest of the world (international)

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year.

Additional costs

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

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

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Living costs

We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.

Course structure

This is a four-year full-time course and you study for your Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the same time. The first three years are structured in the same way as the BSc course and then in year four you will complete your Master’s qualification.

In your first year you will study core modules and get a strong foundation in exploration geology. In years three and four there are core and optional modules so you have some flexibility to choose to study the areas that you’re interested in. Year four is focussed on a major independent research dissertation that marks the culmination of your studies.

 

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.

Year one

All of our Earth and ocean science degree programmes share a common first semester. This is designed to give you a sound foundation in Earth sciences upon which to build. In total 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 choose another of our Earth science degrees.

Module titleModule codeCredits
World of Dynamic EnvironmentsEA130020 credits
Exploring Planet EarthEA130120 credits
GIS, Maps and Analytical SkillsEA130320 credits
Earth Science FieldworkEA130420 credits
Earth MaterialsEA130620 credits
Life and Earth HistoryEA130720 credits

Year two

You take a suite of modules aimed at providing the basic tools for understanding exploration geology and for fieldwork. In total 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, Cornwall and Spain. During these trips you will learn a wide range of practical skills that are an essential training for exploration geologists.

In your summer between years two and three you are encouraged to undertake an industrial placement project with an exploration company in the UK or overseas. Alternatively, you can complete an exploration project or geological mapping topic under our academic supervision.

Year three

In your third year, you will write up a research report on your placement or mapping project. You will also follow core modules in both mineral and hydrocarbon resources, visit ore deposits (currently in North Wales) and take part in an overseas field course - currently to Cyprus.

You will meet visiting guest lecturers and learn to design a professional exploration project.

The core MESci research skills module demonstrates how research is initiated, funded and executed.

Year four

You will complete a master's research dissertation in any Exploration and Resource 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.

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.

Pembrokeshire coast fieldwork
Our Exploration and Resource Geology programme is highly practical and incorporates specialist fieldwork and IT skills necessary to become a professional exploration geologist.

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 teach you to think creatively and to reach conclusions from incomplete data which is a skill valued highly in sectors such as insurance, civil engineering and consulting.

How will I be supported?

Supervision

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 exploration and can offer advice on academic and personal matters. In year three you will also be allocated a supervisor for your dissertation project.

Facilities

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.

Support services

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.  

Diversity

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?

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 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
  • Critical 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 compile, assess and model information in order to predict where new natural resources may be discovered or how existing resources might be managed.
  • Ability to explain and critically assess the role and impact of earth science in solving 21st century societal challenges such as the sustainable supply of water, energy and other natural resources to meet the needs of the world’s population.
  • Rigorous appreciation and application of the scientific process, including the design and testing of hypotheses, and the formulation of new concepts.
  • Formulation, design and use of appropriate laboratory, field, and/or computational methodologies relevant to a research project in exploration geology.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the entire 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 on a variety of scales (from microscopic to planetary) and generate and interpret datasets in 2D, 3D and 4D to formulate realistic conceptual earth models as a tool for resource exploration, extraction and The capability to evaluate and critically assess current research in applied and exploration geology, with commensurate appreciation of uncertainty and debate and limits to understanding.
  • Ability to model and interpret exploration geology data to generate hypotheses that can be tested with additional data or observation
  • The ability to solve complex scientific problems both creatively and independently.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the entire 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 and application of the methods used to acquire geospatial data and represent such data in 2D and 3D using maps, GIS and proprietary mining and exploration software.
  • Analysis and portrayal of numerical data in earth sciences, including using appropriate software.
  • Problem solving involving integration and analysis of diverse and often incomplete exploration 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 in an applied setting and report the findings effectively in writing in a dissertation.
  • Ability to model complex numerical exploration geology data and draw realistic conclusions from such modelling
  • An ability to independently plan a complex exploration geology project at the frontier of a research topic.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the entire Programme students will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to design, implement and manage a project through to completion.
  • 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 and clearly through oral, written and visual means to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • An understanding of the benefits of employment networking and continuing professional development.
  • Commitment to lifelong learning through engaging in the process of personal development planning and ownership of own learning.
  • Problem solving, reliability, loyalty, social conduct, tact, attitude to learning and research, leadership, resilience, decision-making and reasoning.
  • Effective time management and organisation commensurate with successful delivery of an extended research project.

 

Exploration Geology fieldwork in Dolaucothi Gold Mine
You will learn about the mining legacy in the UK and how to manage existing natural resources.

Careers and placements

Career prospects

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 Gemcom Software, SRK Exploration, Kuwait Oil Company and Anglo American.

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

Graduate careers

  • Engineering Geologist
  • Geological Consultant
  • Exploration Geologist
  • Field Mapping
  • Mineralogist
  • Mineral Exploration
  • Field Geologist
  • Mining Software Analyst
  • Geophysical Surveying

Placements

You can choose to do a placement dissertation project with an exploration company or a research institution in year three. In the past students have experienced exploration for nickel, platinum and diamonds in Greenland, exploration for gold in Finland, Ghana and Australia, and exploration for copper and lithium in Peru and Chile.

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