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    Hello there.

    I've got a few questions regarding Earth Science. Originally I wanted to do Engineering, but I'm fairly sure it isn't for me. My subjects and AS Level results are:

    Maths-A
    English Lit/Lang-A
    Physics-C (I'm going to do some resits here)
    Technology-C (I'm not continuing this on to A level)

    Firstly, which Universities are good for Earth Science? Looking through prospectuses, I can see hardly any courses which are simply Earth Science, usually the university offers a course which is merely a branch of Earth Science. I would happily look into one of these branch subjects, but there are so many, and they all vary slighty between universities. In some universities you need Geography for these branch subjects, in others they don't care. Subjects like Environmental Geoscience seem to suit me (I have a strong interest in the Environment), however it seems impossible to find this course at another university, how am I supposed to write one personal statement out to all my universities, when all the courses are different? Also, can I get a decent job if I take up Earth Science? I know there is a high demand for Engineers, often paying very well. Is Earth Science a credible subject?

    Thanks a lot, I really appreciate any help people can give me.

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    To start, yes, Earth Science has great career prospects with environmental management agencies, weather forecasting agencies, oil industry, flood risk and management, hazard surveying... they're all very sought out jobs. Earth Sciences also offers many paths into research due to the nature of its broad range of topics covered.

    Geology degrees are what you want to look for first, as a lot of universities have a lot of modules concerning environmental geology, assessment, and management. Otherwise, the usual universities are good for geology. Take geophysics or meteorology if you're into using technology more often or prefer the applied physical approach which is very much similar to engineering. A lot of universities offer environmental geology / geoscience anyway, so check it up on UCAS and I doubt you'll have trouble finding it.

    Environmental geoscience, physical geography, earth science, geology, geophysics, engineering geology... they all have one thing in common, and that's the idea of applying scientific theory to environmental processes that include fieldwork to help you better understand. They're all similar, but specialised at the same time, so I really doubt you should have troubles with your PS... Just show them you have an interest in physical processes, the applications of science to it, and perhaps your love for the environment .

    Alternatively -- do you still have some interest in engineering? You could try out an Environmental Engineering degree (such as Southampton).
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    I know that Glasgow Uni does an Earth Science course.

    Writing a personal statement shouldn't be too hard as although the courses all have different names they are all to do with the Earth and the way it works so just write about that.
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    Thanks a lot, do you think I will be at a disadvantage if I take one of these courses because I haven't taken geography? I didn't even take it to GCSE level, as I had the same teacher for the first 3 years at my high school, and she kind of put me off the subject, so I dropped it as soon as I could, I didn't realise I would develop an interest into the physical side of geography. I appreciate the help, btw. I will look further into the different branches of Earth Science, although currently I'm favouring Earth Science on its own, at Edinburgh. I'm hoping to move a long way from home :P. Is anyone going to the open day on the 7th of September?
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    The only disadvantage of not taking a geography course pre-Earth Science degree is that you don't have any experience with fieldwork and a write-up. However, if you like the idea of a relaxing hike while appreciating the environment as well as finally understanding what's what and why it's there, then you don't need to be a geography student.

    Content wise I think it's pretty evident that since only half of a geography course is physical geography, you are not at a disadvantage ... If you are curious about certain geographic theory it is easy to pick up a textbook and understand it, as there are so many branches of earth science (e.g. you don't need to know terms from climatology to understand glaciology, and vice versa).
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    (Original post by Liquid Cheese)
    Hello there.

    I've got a few questions regarding Earth Science. Originally I wanted to do Engineering, but I'm fairly sure it isn't for me. My subjects and AS Level results are:

    Maths-A
    English Lit/Lang-A
    Physics-C (I'm going to do some resits here)
    Technology-C (I'm not continuing this on to A level)

    Firstly, which Universities are good for Earth Science? Looking through prospectuses, I can see hardly any courses which are simply Earth Science, usually the university offers a course which is merely a branch of Earth Science. I would happily look into one of these branch subjects, but there are so many, and they all vary slighty between universities. In some universities you need Geography for these branch subjects, in others they don't care. Subjects like Environmental Geoscience seem to suit me (I have a strong interest in the Environment), however it seems impossible to find this course at another university, how am I supposed to write one personal statement out to all my universities, when all the courses are different? Also, can I get a decent job if I take up Earth Science? I know there is a high demand for Engineers, often paying very well. Is Earth Science a credible subject?

    Thanks a lot, I really appreciate any help people can give me.

    Tom

    Good uni's for earth sciences;

    1) oxford
    2) bristol [marginally behind oxford in league tables]
    3) cardiff [although i think its called something slightly different]
    4) southampton
    5) UCL - have an amazing list of different earth science courses. you really should check it out!

    those are the only ones i bothered to look at!

    you mention the environmental geoscience - i cant speak for the other uni's, but i know bristol have a geoscience degree, and you can specialise in environmental geoscience in the later years if you wish.
    don't worry about not having geography.
    More of an issue, is not having chemistry, i personally think.
    But as long as you pull your physics up to a B, i think you'll be fine getting in everywhere [you just really need two sciences] except possibly oxford - which i know is a highly mathematical/physical course.

    As for your PS, write it in the form that you've always been interested in the earth, and processes on the earth, and the history of the earth etc.
    the uni's arent going to look at your PS and scrutinise it because you missed out a few things that their course offers.
    Most of the geology/earth science degrees offered are pretty similar anyway.
    say that you have an interest in engineering too.

    There ARE some REALLY good geology related jobs. A lot to do with the environment. Then there are lots of jobs working for various companies mapping out the ground [i.e. to see if its safe for things to be built, or for mining] - this can be very well paid, and i hear that they're just screaming out for this kind of thing.

    then there's research into seismology and volcanoes - both interesting fields, although i have no idea how many jobs there will be.

    Not many people do geology degrees, on the plus side, and numbers seem to be falling.
    If you have a degree from a good uni in it, then you'll be in for a good shot for finding a job

    as for being credible, it certainly is. A lot of earth science is very physics based and mathematical. As well as an awful lot of chemistry.

    haha.. writing all that makes me wonder why i chose to take chem instead.,.
    anyway, hope i helped
    if you have any other questions, feel free to message me
 
 
 
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