Below is a list of universities offering Geology and Earth Science/Geoscience at degree level, their general A-level requirement and subject specific requirements. This list includes 2008 entry requirements and does not take joint or dual honours degrees into consideration. Alternative entry requirements are listed on the UCAS website. Click here for more information on geophysical sciences degrees.
Please keep in mind that these requirements are for four-year undegraduate MSci Geology degrees, not the standard BSc degree. This is because the MSci is generally more popularly applied to. If the university does not offer an MSci, its BSc requirements will be listed instead.
Earth science degrees in general tend to draw upon multiple fundamental sciences (i.e. biology, chemistry and physics), so the general requirement for any geology degree will be proficiency in science in general. Universities such as Oxford prefer candidates to have physics, maths and chemistry. "Traditional science" includes Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths. NB: Please refer to the university website if you are unsure of what they consider as a science course; some universities will not accept geography, psychology, electronics (etcetera) as a science.
For IB Candidates
'Science X preferred' means the science should normally be at IB higher level. If a subject is 'required', this normally implies it is required at higher level.
If a science is asked for at AS-level, its equivalent is generally IB standard level.
Finally, please don't be surprised if some IB requirements seem generally much higher or lower than average and in comparison to A-level grade requirements. Many universities are still understanding and evaluating your baccalaureate and its relative difficulty.
|University||Standard A-level requirement||Standard IB requirement (points)||Subject specific requirements||Notes|
|Aberdeen||240 (first year entry) - 300 (second year entry) UCAS points||28||Two sciences preferred||Petroleum Geology & Geology JH offered|
|Aberwystwyth||280 UCAS points||28||One science at grade C||Course also called "Environmental Earth Science"|
|Birmingham||BBB - BBC||28 - 32||At least one science at A2 level and one at AS level||Variations include Environmental Geoscience, Resource & Applied Geology|
|Bristol||ABB||33 (6, 6, 5 at Higher Level)||At least two, preferably three science subjects||Variations include Environmental Geoscience, Paleontology & Evolution|
|Cambridge||AAA||38 - 42||Two from any traditional science or mathematics||Part of Natural Sciences|
|Cardiff||300 - 320 UCAS points||33||One science or geography at grade B||Variations include Earth Science, Environmental Geoscience, Exploration & Resource Geology|
|Derby||240 UCAS points||26||Geology or another science at grade C||-|
|Durham||BBC||34||Unspecified||Variations include Earth Sciences, Environmental Geosciences, Natural Sciences (Earth Sciences)|
|East Anglia (UEA)||BBB - BBC||31 - 32 (5, 5, 5 at Higher Level)||Prefers any science, includes Economics||Also called 'Environmental Earth Sciences'|
|Edinburgh||BBB (First year entry) - AAB (Second year entry)||30 (second year entry subject to different offer)||Two sciences||Variations include Environmental Geoscience, Geology & Geophysics (JH)|
|Exeter||ABB - BBC||28 - 30||Two sciences||Also called "Applied Geology". Variation: Engineering Geology & Geotechnics|
|Glamorgan||200 - 240 UCAS points||28||Applied science||-|
|Glasgow||BBC - CCC||30||Unspecified||Variation: Environmental Biogeochemistry|
|Imperial||AAB||36||Two traditional sciences, can include geography, geology or environmental science||Variations include: Environmental Geoscience, Petroleum Geoscience|
|Keele||220 - 260 UCAS points||None specified||One science at grade C||Variation: Earth Systems Science|
|Kingston||240 UCAS points||None specified||Any science subject||Variations include: Applied & Environmental Geology, Earth Systems Science|
|Lancaster||BBC||28 (14 from HL)||Any science subject||Also called "Environmental Earth Science"|
|Leeds*||AAA - BBC||30 (14 from HL)||Two sciences||Variations include: Environmental Geology, Environmental Biogeoscience|
|Leicester||AAB||28 - 30||Two sciences||Variations include: Applied & Environmental Geology, Geology with Geophysics, Geology with Paleobiology, Earth & Planetary Sciences|
|Liverpool John Moores||220 UCAS points||None specified - 5 points from a science/geography||Any science at grade C||-|
|Manchester||ABC||32 (16 at HL)||A science||Variations: Geology with Planetary Science, Geochemistry, Earth Sciences, Environmental & Resources Geology|
|Oxford||AAA||38 - 42||Mathematics required, physics and chemistry preferred, other sciences considered||-|
|Plymouth||240-280 UCAS points||None specified||Any science||Variation: Applied Geology|
|Portsmouth||240 - 280 UCAS points||24||One traditional science or geography, geology or environmental science||Variations: Geological Hazards, Paleobiology & Evolution, Earth Science|
|Royal Holloway||ABC - BBB||30||Any science subject||Variations: Environmental Geoscience, Petroleum Geology, Planetary Geology|
|Southampton*||AAA - BBC||32 (15 at HL)||Two sciences||-|
|St Andrews||BBB||30||A traditional science, includes geography||-|
|UCL||AABe-ABBe||34 - 38||Two sciences preferred||Variations: Earth Sciences, Environmental Geoscience, Planetary Science, Paleobiology|