2023 entry (view 2022 entry)
MSci Geophysics with Study Abroad (F663)
A-level standard offer: AAB
A-level contextual offer: ABC
See entry requirements for full details and eligibility.
Join a University ranked #2 in the UK for 'Earth systems and environmental sciences' research (THE analysis of REF 2021) with an excellent reputation for teaching and learning (UK top ten for Geology, which includes Geophysics, Complete University Guide 2023).
Learn about the physics that underpins the history, structure and dynamics of Earth systems, and how these relate to exploration for natural resources and environmental monitoring.
You will explore the inaccessible parts of Earth’s interior through a range of geophysical techniques and become immersed in hands-on science from the start.
Learn with experts whose research feeds directly into your studies at the cutting edge of scientific developments. Recent options have included Global Seismology, Near Surface Geophysics Fieldwork and Physical Volcanology. By your final year you’ll be conducting your own independent research and exploring the questions that matter most to you.
Your third year is spent abroad studying at one of our partner universities overseas, where you'll study units comparable to those offered at Bristol. Recently, Earth Science students have been to North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. To find out more about studying abroad, visit Global Opportunities.
MSci courses allow you to invest in your skills development by studying more advanced material in greater depth during your final year, preparing you for further research or boosting your career opportunities.
You will gain plenty of hands-on experience, with over 40 days of fieldwork both in the UK and overseas, the cost of which is included in your tuition fee. Field trips are a huge part of why our school community is so close-knit, giving you the chance to get to know your course mates and key staff while honing your practical skills.
The skills developed throughout your studies are highly valued by employers, from scientific and technical skills including coding, modelling, lab skills and data analysis, to transferable skills such as communication, creativity and resilience.
This course is accredited by the following organisations
The Geological Society for the purpose of partially meeting the experience requirement for Chartered Geologist.
Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.Go to programme catalogue
We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.
A-level standard offer
AAB including A in Mathematics and B in Physics
A-level contextual offer
ABC including A in Mathematics and B in PhysicsFind out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
DDD in Engineering BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma with Distinctions in six specified Physics units, and A in A-level Mathematics (or equivalent)Find out more about our BTEC entry requirements
International Baccalaureate Diploma
34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations) and 5 at Higher Level in Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma contextual offer
31 points overall with 15 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations) and 5 at Higher Level in PhysicsFind out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
80% overall, with 8.5 in Mathematics and 8.0 in Physics
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Advanced Higher: AB with A in Maths and B in Physics, and Standard Higher: AAABB
Access to HE Diploma
Access to HE Diploma in Engineering, Science or Computing (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include:
- at least 21 credits at Distinction and 24 at Merit or above; and
- at least 12 credits at Distinction from Mathematics units (including algebra, calculus and trigonometry); and
- at least 12 credits from Physics units, at least nine of which must be at Distinction and the rest at Merit.
Requirements are as for A-levels, where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, and M3 is C.
The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students, and we accept a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate and postgraduate study.Search international qualifications
Applicants must also meet these requirements
GCSE profile requirements
No specified subjects
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:
- IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in all skills
- GCSE English Language grade C or 4
- An alternative English Language Profile C qualification
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels
More about UK qualifications.
- For most candidates, we will only use your information in UCAS or your application form to assess your application. We may interview mature applicants and applicants with non-standard qualifications.
- Full information about our selection processes for this course:
- Regulations and codes of conduct we abide by to create a positive environment for learning and achievement: