MSci Geophysics with Study Abroad (F663)

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UCAS code F663
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £20,300 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £10,750 per year
Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Placements
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course.
Number of applicants accepted for 2016/17 6 overall for Single Honours Geophysics courses

About MSci Geophysics with Study Abroad

In geophysics you learn about the history, structure and dynamics of the earth system and the physics that underpins these elements. You will learn how the inaccessible parts of the earth are studied using remote sensing techniques, such as seismology and geodesy, as well as through studying rocks and minerals in the field and laboratory.

In years one and two you will gain a firm grounding in both earth sciences and physics, building your knowledge to make informed unit choices during your third year. Year three will be spent abroad and you will take courses similar to those available in Bristol, taught in English.

The fourth year is structured differently, with advanced taught units in the autumn term and a major research project in the second half of the year. Often, these research projects are published in scientific literature. The MSci degree is equally valuable to those wishing to pursue an academic career and to those seeking employment in industry.

View all our Geophysics courses

See a list of all Geophysics degrees at Bristol, and find more information about the course, assessment and career prospects.

Typical offer for MSci Geophysics with Study Abroad - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAB including A in Mathematics and B in Physics
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
ABC including A in Mathematics and B in Physics
Science practicals A pass in the practical element of all English examination board science A-levels is expected.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
34 points overall to include 17 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics and 5 a Higher Level in Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
31 points overall to include 15 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics and 5 at Higher Level in Physics
Cambridge Pre-U offerAs A-levels.
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit, including 12 credits at Distinction in both Mathematics and Physics. Access course should include a mathematical content of at least 15 credits in Higher Mathematics
BTEC offer DDM in Science or Engineering plus A-level at grade A in Mathematics or Physics
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAAABB and AH: AB with A in Mathematics and B in Physics
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer80% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics and 8.0 in Physics
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Standard literacy requirement (C in GCSE English or equivalent)
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English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
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Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed, but please seek advice about maintaining relevant skills

Selection process

Non-standard applicants, applicants who have been out of education for 3 years and students offering Access qualifications will be invited for interview and test.

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

The Geological Society for the purpose of partially meeting the experience requirement for Chartered Geologist.

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