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doritoo
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Hello everyone,

I recently received conditional offer from both Imperial and UCL for BSc Geophysics. I am wondering the content of the course in both uni, as I personally want to continue something with earthquake research in the future. I feel Imperial's structure doesn't seem to have many modules about seismology (although there are still some but not as concentrated as UCL's..?)

Thank you in advance!
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(Original post by doritoo)
Hello everyone,

I recently received conditional offer from both Imperial and UCL for BSc Geophysics. I am wondering the content of the course in both uni, as I personally want to continue something with earthquake research in the future. I feel Imperial's structure doesn't seem to have many modules about seismology (although there are still some but not as concentrated as UCL's..?)

Thank you in advance!
As a disclaimer I'm at neither UCL or Imperial, but I did have offers from both for Geophysics. I'd first of all caution against basing your decision too heavily on seismology - whilst it's perfectly possible that you'll enjoy it and end up specialising in it, it's also possible that something else might take your fancy. So definitely make sure you consider the feel of the department as a whole rather than simply looking at the number of seismology options.

Secondly, looking through Imperial's Geophysics course, I think there is more than enough seismics there (bear in mind that not only modules called "seismology" are relevant to seismology, modules like stratigraphy, remote sensing, basin analysis etc are all very relevant). Also if you were to do the integrated masters, you could spend at least half of your final year doing just seismology through the fourth year project. For seismology, the most important thing is that you've done lots of maths and applied physics - which will be the case in any geophysics course. Also, I don't know about UCL but I know that there's a lot of research using seismology at Imperial because of all their industry links (I think UCL might do more deep-earth stuff but I'm really not sure).

Anyway, I think either course would give you a good preparation for seismology. Go with the environment you think you'd be happier in.
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