Earth Sciences BSc (Hons)
Birkbeck, University of London
Key Course Facts
Many of the major challenges facing our planet, such as climate change, future energy production or living with natural hazards, require a thorough understanding of how the Earth has behaved in the past and how it works today. Our BSc Earth Sciences provides all the key skills you need to understand the inner workings of our planet. You can choose from a range of subjects, from geophysics and palaeontology through to volcanology and sedimentology.
In structure, this degree is similar to our BSc Geology degree, but without the requirement for compulsory fieldwork and the ability to conduct a laboratory or computational research project rather than a field-based map and thesis. You will develop skills in the manipulation of scientific data, critical assessment of scientific hypotheses, and experience actual scientific research during project work.
Our teaching philosophy is based around flexibility, allowing you to fit the degree around your lifestyle. We embrace new technology and methods to make our degrees accessible to all and have been running remote as well as face-to-face lectures for more than 20 years. This means you can attend classes with our internationally distinguished researchers in our world-class laboratories in London or you can watch live streams/recorded lectures at home using our cutting-edge online teaching platform. You are free to mix both these methods to find the best balance for you. This includes the option to study 100% online from anywhere in the world and receive a University of London degree.
While not compulsory, there are opportunities to participate in residential field trips as part of the degree. Currently, we take students to Pembrokeshire (Year 1), North-West Scotland or Greece (Year 2) and Morocco (Year 3). You may also attend weekend field classes as part of individual modules.
We offer you flexible teaching methods, balancing face-to-face and online learning.
Exciting fieldtrip opportunities to famous geological sites in the UK, Greece and Morocco.
We are part of the joint UCL-Birkbeck Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences (IEPS) meaning we share laboratories, expertise and events, all open to students for research projects. Find out more about our research facilities.
In our joint submission with UCL, we were rated sixth in the UK for Earth Systems and Environmental Science research (in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF)).
Our Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences has been offering evening study courses for over 70 years and distance learning for more than 20 years.
Salary of all UK Graduates of Earth Sciences
|15 months after graduation||3 years after graduation||5 years after graduation|
|25-75 percentile range||£19101 - £26635||£17239 - £29571||£20463 - £33631|
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Jobs & Career Perspectives
15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.
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Grading & Study Time
Study Time Distribution
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- Mphil / PhD
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Tuition Fees Earth Sciences BSc (Hons)
|England UK||£6935||year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£6935||year 1|
Additional fee information
As well as fees, you should expect to pay other study-related expenses, for travel to and from College, books, stationery, etc. Birkbeck provides advice and financial support for students who experience hardship in meeting the travel costs of essential fieldwork or study visits.
There are four field trips available as optional elements of this programme, as follows:
- The field trip to the Isle of Skye, Scotland, includes costs for 11 nights’ accommodation approximately £517, including evening meals, return flights to Inverness from £100 and a minibus deposit £120.
- The field trip to Scourie, Scotland, includes costs that usually total around £700.
- The field trip to Greece includes costs for return flights approximately £300, hotel approximately £470 and vehicle hire approximately £100.
- The field trip to Morocco includes costs that usually total around £700 for flights and accommodation.
- In addition, students will need to equip themselves with field-note books and stationery, compass and hammer, and GPS equipment both optional, hand lens, walking boots and all-weather clothing for Skye and Scourie.
Average student cost of living in London
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
Positions of Birkbeck, University of London in top UK and global rankings.
Rankings of Birkbeck, University of London in related subject specific rankings.
- Physical Sciences
THE World University Rankings by Subject
[Published 26 October, 2022]
Social Studies & Humanities
- Social Sciences
THE World University Rankings by Subject
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About Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck, University of London (BBK) was established in 1823, and takes a different stance towards admissions than many other universities. Applicants are encouraged by BKK to apply even if they don’t possess the traditional qualifications normally required, as applications here are also considered based on an assessment of your knowledge on the subject, and any work experience you might have. Being located in the very centre of London, students will have all the advantages of the city’s public transport connections, as well as the chance to live in such a diverse and vibrant city with all that it offers.
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Geoscience with a Year in Industry Msci (Hons)||Royal Holloway, University of London||64%||0%||0%||£9250||£23200||126||Egham||On campus Full-time|
|Geoscience with A Year of International Study Msci (Hons)||Royal Holloway, University of London||64%||0%||0%||£9250||£23200||123||Egham||On campus Full-time|
|Digital Geosciences BSc (Hons)||Royal Holloway, University of London||64%||0%||0%||£9250||£23200||123||Egham||On campus Full-time|
|Geosciences & Sustainable Energy BSc (Hons)||Royal Holloway, University of London||64%||0%||0%||£9250||£23200||123||Egham||On campus Full-time|
|Earth and Planetary Science Msci (Hons)||Imperial College of Science||94%||5%||8%||£9250||£35100||171||London||On campus Full-time|
|Environmental Geoscience Msci (Hons)||University of Bristol||85%||5%||5%||£9250||£24700||147||Bristol||On campus Full-time|
|Environmental Geoscience Msci (Hons)||University of Glasgow||95%||5%||5%||£37000||£94590||163||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Earth and Planetary Science with a Year Abroad MSc||Imperial College of Science||94%||5%||8%||£9250||£35100||171||London||On campus Full-time|
|Energy Geosciences MSc||Royal Holloway, University of London||94%||5%||8%||£12200||£22000||171||Egham||On campus Part-time|
|Geoscience for Sustainable Energy MSc||The University of Manchester||64%||0%||0%||£11500||£26000||123||Manchester||On campus Full-time|