Geology and geoscience
Geology, also known as geoscience and Earth science, is the study of the structure, evolution and dynamics of the Earth and its natural mineral and energy resources. Geologists investigate how earth processes, such as landslides, earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions, change the world around us.
Why study with us
Geologists examine land formations, earlier climates and fossils to unravel the history of our planet and its life forms. Understanding Earth’s past helps scientists to explain current events and predict what might happen in the future. Geologists are making a positive contribution to a more sustainable future by finding innovative ways to extract, use and recycle our natural resources. Exploration geologists learn to explore for water, oil, natural gas, minerals and metals like lithium, which is used to create clean batteries. Environmental geoscientists use 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.
Facilities and location
Our SchoolLocated in Main Building
The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences is located inside the University's iconic Main Building. Watch our student-led tour on YouTube.
Large lecture theatreLocated in Main Building
The Shandon Lecture Theatre is one of our large lecture theatres where you may have some of your first-year lectures.
Small lecture theatreLocated in Main Building
The Wallace Lecture Theatre is one of our smaller lecture theatres where you may have some of your second and third-year lectures.
Science LibraryLocated in Main Building
The library contains collections on biosciences, chemistry, Earth and environmental sciences, as well as facilities to support you with your studies.
LaboratoryLocated in Main Building
This is where our geology and geoscience students complete lab work, such as examining thin sections through a microscope.
National Museum of Wales
We are just a short walk away from the National Museum of Wales, providing easy access to their impressive exhibition galleries and collections.
There have been some important updates since filming the videos on this page. Our BSc with a Year Abroad programmes have been approved and will be available to applicants from September 2021. Our School name has changed to the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
A taste of studying geology
Watch our taster lecture or sign up for our free online short course to get a taste of our approach to teaching, as well as some of the exciting topics you might study.
Geology is a hands-on and practical subject that is best experienced out in the field. Seeing something for yourself brings theory to life, whether it is fossils in a cliff face or mineral deposits in a river. We offer our students a fun fusion of lectures, seminars, laboratory and fieldwork. If you like to travel and spend time outdoors, then our field trips will give you the perfect opportunity to explore. We complete local fieldwork in South Wales and around the UK, as well as residential field trips in locations across Europe. Discover the field trip destinations we have visited in the past.
There are many careers available to geologists, and if you decide to change your career path, the skills that you learn in your degree will still be useful in a wide range of unrelated areas. 95% of our 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 (HESA data). Read stories from our recent graduates.
Read our subject guide to find out more about studying geology, exploration geology and environmental geoscience with us, including topics you might study and potential careers.
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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.