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Geology and Earth Sciences
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A Levels taken (and predicted grades): Geography (A*), Chemistry (A*) and French (A*)

I applied to:
Imperial - geology MSci (international) AAA
Leeds - geological sciences MSci (international) A*AA
St Andrews - geology BSc AAB
Durham - geology BSc AAB
Exeter - geology BSc AAB

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A Levels taken (predicted grades): Geography (A), Physics (A) and Politics (A*)

I'm applying to:
Birmingham- Geology
St Andrews - Geology
Exeter - Mining Engineering
Exeter - Applied Geology
Cardiff- Exploration and Resource Geology
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A Levels taken (predicted grades): Geography (A), Physics (A) and Politics (A*)

I'm applying to:
Birmingham- Geology
St Andrews - Geology
Exeter - Mining Engineering
Exeter - Applied Geology
Cardiff- Exploration and Resource Geology
My cousin did mining engineering at Exeter and absolutely loved it - it's meant to be a really good course
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My cousin did mining engineering at Exeter and absolutely loved it - it's meant to be a really good course
Its definitely going to be my first choice if I get an offer. Who doesn't want to blow stuff up?
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Thought this article might be of interest to some of you...

Geologists hit gold with best graduate pay (Sunday Times - paywall)
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Predicted A/A* Geology; Geography; Business Studies

Exeter MGeol Applied Geology
Birmingham MSci Geology and Physical Geography
Southampton MSci Geology
Cardiff MESci Exploration and Resource Geology
Liverpool MSci Geology and Physical Geography (N.America)

currently 1st choice would be Cardiff and Soton 2nd, trouble is I expect all offers to be AAB, but Soton, Liverpool and Birmingham have all confirmed that they would offer the BSc equivalent if I miss the grades, Cardiff might and Exeter wont
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Predicted A/A* Geology; Geography; Business Studies

Exeter MGeol Applied Geology
Birmingham MSci Geology and Physical Geography
Southampton MSci Geology
Cardiff MESci Exploration and Resource Geology
Liverpool MSci Geology and Physical Geography (N.America)

currently 1st choice would be Cardiff and Soton 2nd, trouble is I expect all offers to be AAB, but Soton, Liverpool and Birmingham have all confirmed that they would offer the BSc equivalent if I miss the grades, Cardiff might and Exeter wont
Leeds offer a really interesting course (geological sciences) and if you miss the entry requirements for MSci they automatically offer the BSc equivalent - it's worth checking out
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AS grades: AAAA in maths, further maths, geography, music
A level predicted: maths A*, further maths A, geography A
Taking up AS physics this year

I've already sent off my UCAS - applying to:

Leeds MGeol International
Bristol MSci Environmental Geoscience with a year abroad
Birmingham MSci Geology with a year abroad
Manchester MEarthSci
Edinburgh BSc Environmental Geoscience
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AS grades: AAAB in geology, biology, chemistry and maths.
Predicted grades: A*AA

Applying for BSc geology at following universities:
Durham
Leicester
Leeds
St Andrews
Edinburgh
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Predicted AAB in Geology, Psychology, Biology
applying to:

Leeds (would be firm)
Manchester
Birmingham
Liverpool
Nottingham
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Predicted A*'s in: Chemistry, Maths and Biology.

Applying to:

Oxford- Earth sciences
Bristol- Geology
Leeds- geological sciences (international)
Southampton- Geology (offer received)
Durham- Earth sciences
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Is Bristol any good for Geology as i see not many are applying to them also the entry requirements are comparatively low??
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Is Bristol any good for Geology as i see not many are applying to them also the entry requirements are comparatively low??
I think they are good, I applied to them at least. I don't think their entry requirements are that low, they seem pretty standard for Geology, the only places I've seen with significantly higher entry requirements are Imperial and Oxbridge (and of course, remember that entry requirements are not necessarily an indicator of course quality). From what I've heard, the Bristol geology course is pretty 'hard rock' geology heavy (i.e. more traditional), I'm not sure how true that is though (I heard that from somebody who didn't actually do geology).
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Is Bristol any good for Geology as i see not many are applying to them also the entry requirements are comparatively low??
I applied for Bristol last year and a lot of people on my course do seem to have applied to them as one of their choices. The course is supposed to be known for being very quantitative, and has more maths content than some other courses I believe. Course quality is not necessarily related to the entry requirements, for example my Cardiff and Imperial offers were the same, and the standard entry requirements don't seem that low, although if I remember rightly they lower them if you do 3 hard sciences?
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I applied for Bristol last year and a lot of people on my course do seem to have applied to them as one of their choices. The course is supposed to be known for being very quantitative, and has more maths content than some other courses I believe. Course quality is not necessarily related to the entry requirements, for example my Cardiff and Imperial offers were the same, and the standard entry requirements don't seem that low, although if I remember rightly they lower them if you do 3 hard sciences?
Correct, a typical offer is AAB but with 3 hard science subjects it is ABB. Okay I'll take that into consideration. What uni are you studying at and do you know anything about earth sciences at Durham?
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Has anyone received any offers yet from the unis they have applied to? If so, which ones??
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I think they are good, I applied to them at least. I don't think their entry requirements are that low, they seem pretty standard for Geology, the only places I've seen with significantly higher entry requirements are Imperial and Oxbridge (and of course, remember that entry requirements are not necessarily an indicator of course quality). From what I've heard, the Bristol geology course is pretty 'hard rock' geology heavy (i.e. more traditional), I'm not sure how true that is though.
Thanks, that helps a lot. What do you make of the other universities i have applied for: Leeds, Durham, Southampton and oxford? What kind of reputation do they have specifically for geology?
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Has anyone received any offers yet from the unis they have applied to? If so, which ones??


yes mate i received 4 offers this week from Southampton, Leeds, Durham and Bristol. How is your application going?
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Thanks, that helps a lot. What do you make of the other universities i have applied for: Leeds, Durham, Southampton and oxford? What kind of reputation do they have specifically for geology?
The only one I can comment on properly is Oxford (because that's where I am now). The Earth Sciences course is very good, quite broad (you probably study a broader range of subjects for longer than most other similar degrees) and quite theory and science heavy. Whilst there still is plenty of practical work and traditional geology, I'd say the focus definitely is on Earth Sciences as a modern natural science (rather than more traditional interpretations of geology). If you want more information, feel free to PM me.

I also applied to Southampton (although for Geophysics). I think Southampton's got a pretty good reputation for Earth Sciences in general although their main specialism is oceanography.

I didn't apply to Leeds or Durham but both of their Earth Sciences departments look great to me, particularly Leeds. I think Leeds does quite a bit of atmospheric science, not sure if that translates to their Geology course though.
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