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Accredited Degrees listed by Subject Area

Quick Links: Geology, Geoscience & Earth Science | Engineering Geology & Geotechnics | Energy, Mining & Quarrying | Environmental Geology | Geophysics | Geochemistry | Marine Science & Hydrogeology | Palaeontology & Palaeobiology | Planetary Science | Geological Hazards | Geology with Geography | Geology with Consultancy Skills

Geology / Geoscience / Earth Science

Also known as ‘geoscience’ or ‘Earth science’, geology is the study of the structure, evolution and dynamics of the Earth and its natural mineral and energy resources. Geology investigates the processes that have shaped the Earth through its 4500 million (approximate!) year history and uses the rock record to unravel that history. It is concerned with the real world beyond the laboratory and has direct relevance to the needs of society.

""University of Aberdeen ""University of Birmingham
""University of Brighton ""University of Bristol
""University of Cambridge ""University of Cardiff
""University of Derby ""University of Durham
""University of Edinburgh ""University of Exeter
""Heriot-Watt University ""University of Hong Kong
""University of Hull ""University of Keele
""King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia ""Kingston University
""University of Leeds ""University of Leicester
""University of Liverpool ""Birkbeck College, University of London
""Imperial College, London
""Royal Holloway, University of London
""University College London ""University of Manchester
""Oxford University ""University of Plymouth
""University of Portsmouth ""University of Southampton
""University of South Wales, Pontypridd
""University of St Andrews
""Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

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Engineering / Geotechnics

Engineering geologists use their understanding of surface and sub-surface geology in engineering projects, from building construction to slope stability, mining, tunnelling or coastal defences.

""University of Exeter ""King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
""University of Leeds (MSc Only)
""University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (MSc Only)
""University of Portsmouth (1st Degree & MSc)

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Energy, Mining or Quarrying

Many geologists are employed in the petroleum sector, in a huge range of jobs related to the search for and extraction of oil and natural gas. Palaeontology and geophysics are just two of the specialisms. Geologists also work in the nuclear sector, and the growing area of sustainable energy, developing geothermal energy, wind and tidal power. 

Working in the mining and quarrying sector involves locating and extracting natural resources including metals and minerals, with applications from agriculture to high-tech industry.

""University of Aberdeen ""University of Cardiff
""University of Derby (MSc Only)
""University of Exeter (MSc only)
""Heriot-Watt University (MSc Only)
""King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
""University of Leeds (MSc Only)
""Royal Holloway, University of London 
""Imperial College, London (1st degree & MSc)
""University of Manchester (1st Degree & MSc)
""University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (MSc Only)
 ""University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago

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Environmental Geology

Environmental geologists work to address environmental problems affecting water and land, which may have resulted from human activities or natural processes. Many geologists use their knowledge of geochemistry to specialise in remediation of contaminated land, often working for engineering consultancies.

""University of Birmingham ""University of Bristol
""University of Cardiff (1st degree & MSc) ""University of Derby
""University of Durham ""University of East Anglia
""King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia ""University of Leicester
""Royal Holloway, University of London ""University College London
""University of Manchester ""University of Portsmouth (MSc Only)

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Geophysicists study the physics of the Earth, such as its internal structure, earthquakes, gravity and geomagnetism. It can be deep (aiding understanding of the Earth’s core) or shallow, helping to survey archaeological or construction sites. Geophysics is used to characterise subsurface resources.

""University of Bristol
""University of Durham
""King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia ""King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia
""University of Leeds (1st degree & MSc) ""University of Leicester
""University of Liverpool ""Imperial College, London
""University College London
""University of Southampton
""Sultan Qaboos University, Oman  


Explores the chemical composition of rocks and fluids and the chemical processes operating within the Earth and on its surface. Geochemistry is used to remediate pollution and locate new mineral deposits or safe water supplies.

""University of Manchester

Marine Science and Hydrogeology

Marine Science includes ocean chemistry; ocean floor geology; meteorological oceanography; marine biology; and the physical properties of oceans such as waves and currents. Hydrogeologists specialise in underground water and work in a variety of contexts, from exploration and sustainable management of groundwater resources to contamination and flooding.

""King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia ""University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (MSc Only)
""University of Plymouth ""University of Southampton

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Palaeontology & Palaeobiology

Palaeontology is the study of fossils, from dinosaurs to microorganisms, how organisms are preserved in the rock record, and their importance as indicators of past environmental change.

""University of Birmingham ""University of Leicester
""University of Portsmouth

Planetary Science

The study of the geology of other celestial bodies (such as planets and asteroids) in our solar system and beyond.

""University of Manchester  

Geological Hazards

Geohazards specialists study phenomena such as earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods and climate change, working to forecast them, improve resilience and minimise damage.

""University of Derby ""University of Portsmouth (1st Degree & MSc)

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Geology with Geography

""University of Birmingham ""University of Brighton
""University of Derby ""University of Durham
""University of Edinburgh ""University of Hull
""University of Keele ""University of Leeds
""University of Liverpool
""University of Plymouth
""University of Southampton

Geology with Consultancy Skills

""University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (MSc Only)