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What is the workload like on the Geology/Earth sciences courses like at Imperial, and do you manage to have a social life? Also how competitive is the course to get on to?
Original post by Anonymous
What is the workload like on the Geology/Earth sciences courses like at Imperial, and do you manage to have a social life? Also how competitive is the course to get on to?

Former student:

Workload is generally a lot easier than pretty much any other course at Imperial - would say most of us worked around 30-35 hours per week, of which two-thirds is contact time. This is scaled up to 50-60 hours or so over exam season and you will be revising during the holidays for them. Because of this, you definitely have time for a social life and the Royal School of Mines is probably the best Union at Imperial social events wise (get involved in bar nights, pub crawls, weekend trips etc.).

Course is not as competitive as most subjects at Imperial. If you have A*AA or above with two of those being relevant subjects you should get in. In general, for earth sciences Oxford > Imperial > UCL/Durham > Leeds, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh competitiveness wise.
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Work load is pretty heavy, with things getting a bit intense during exam season, especially in year 2. But there is plenty of time for social life! ICL has over 300 societies and the RSM hosts multiple social events (at least one every week) ranging from bar nights to arts and crafts! You will definitely have enough time to have fun with your degree and field trips will help you bond with your other class mates even if you're shy!

They usually ask for at least an AAA in 2 sciences, with 1 out of 4 applicants getting an offer, but if you have the grades and a nice personal statement, it's not too hard to get into from there :smile:
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Original post by Anonymous
Former student:

Workload is generally a lot easier than pretty much any other course at Imperial - would say most of us worked around 30-35 hours per week, of which two-thirds is contact time. This is scaled up to 50-60 hours or so over exam season and you will be revising during the holidays for them. Because of this, you definitely have time for a social life and the Royal School of Mines is probably the best Union at Imperial social events wise (get involved in bar nights, pub crawls, weekend trips etc.).

Course is not as competitive as most subjects at Imperial. If you have A*AA or above with two of those being relevant subjects you should get in. In general, for earth sciences Oxford > Imperial > UCL/Durham > Leeds, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh competitiveness wise.


HI! could you tell me what textbook do year 1 in imperial studying geology use?
HI! could you tell me what textbook do year 1 in imperial studying geology use?
Original post by BellaRobinTT
Former student here too!


Work load is pretty heavy, with things getting a bit intense during exam season, especially in year 2. But there is plenty of time for social life! ICL has over 300 societies and the RSM hosts multiple social events (at least one every week) ranging from bar nights to arts and crafts! You will definitely have enough time to have fun with your degree and field trips will help you bond with your other class mates even if you're shy!

They usually ask for at least an AAA in 2 sciences, with 1 out of 4 applicants getting an offer, but if you have the grades and a nice personal statement, it's not too hard to get into from there :smile:

HI! could you tell me what textbook do year 1 in imperial studying geology use?
I am also year 11 students planning to apply for imperial Earth science and geology. My personal advisor said that the Alevel grades would be the most important. Meeting three A is the least. Getting more A* in predicted grades will enhance the personal competition and make the application more impressive. However, if you already manage all your curriculum easily, you may look up some books provided by the Oxford earth science department. They have a range of books from how to build a habitable planet to Goldilocked planet. Preparing the general understanding for the Earth system would be enough for Imperial Earth science interview. If considering applying to oxford, you may read something more about geology and rock, particularly minerology. Also, if you have special interest in Atmospheric science, Marine science, which is offered at alevel, paleobiology, or the plate dynamics/ volcanoes, you might want to expand on that and do more research, in case of tutors asking you about specific interest in Earth science

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