University College London
Earth Sciences BSc (Hons)
University College London

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This flexible programme allows you to select from the range of options offered across environmental geoscience, geology and geophysics. You may also graduate with a degree in Earth Sciences (Palaeobiology), or in Earth Sciences (Environment and Policy), depending on your chosen modules.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 18 graduates of Earth Sciences BSc (Hons) at University College London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Earth Sciences.

Overall student satisfaction
81 /100
18 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students

Salary

Salary of Graduates of Earth Sciences BSc (Hons) at University College London

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Earth Sciences BSc (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £27000 £29500 £41000
25-75 percentile range £23500 - £32500 £25000 - £36500 £32500 - £48000


Salary of all UK Graduates of Earth Sciences

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22593 £22910 £26699
25-75 percentile range £19101 - £26635 £17239 - £29571 £20463 - £33631

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Earth Sciences, BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

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.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Earth Sciences BSc (Hons) at University College London

35% Natural and social science professionals
10% Managers, directors and senior officials
10% Conservation and environment professionals
10% Finance Professionals
10% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Information Technology Professionals
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Media Professionals
5% Teaching Professionals

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Two sciences preferred. Contextual Offers: please visit the course webpage for further details about our Access UCL scheme.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units. Science subject units preferred.

AAB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). Two sciences preferred at Advanced Higher.

A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects to preferably include two sciences, with no score lower than 5. Contextual Offers: please visit the course webpage for further details about our Access UCL scheme.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction. Science subject units preferred.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB. Two science subjects preferred.

Two sciences preferred.

GCSEs: English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
    • 5.5
    • UPSCE
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Costs

Tuition Fees Earth Sciences BSc (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £31200 year 1
International £31200 year 1

Additional fee information

For information about tuition fees please visit or dedicated webpage for more details: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/fees-and-funding. The fees indicated above are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. Fees will be higher for those commencing study in the academic year 2022/23 or later. UCL reserves the right to increase its UK fees in line with the government policy including on and annual basis for each year of study during a programme. Overseas fees are fixed at the rate of entry, so the published fees will be charged to 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme.

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
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
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
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.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2

University Rankings

Positions of University College London in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University College London in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #9 
    • #12 
    Earth & Marine Sciences
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published ]
    • #3 
    • #59 
    Environmental Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #5 
    • #6 
    Geography & Environmental Science
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #4 
    • #5 
    Geology
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #5 
    • #9 
    Geology
    Good University Guide by Subject - The Times
    [Published ]
    • #6 
    • #30 
    Geology
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #7 
    • #17 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #22 
    • #40 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #4 
    • #41 
    Physical Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #5 
    • #73 
    Physical Sciences
    Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions by Subject
    [Published 16 June, 2022]
    • #44 
    • #75 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #45 
    • #79 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #2 
    • #4 
    Geography
    ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 26 May, 2021]
    • #4 
    • #9 
    Geography
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #8 
    • #8 
    Geography & Environmental Studies
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published ]
    • #4 
    • #14 
    Social Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]

See all university rankings of University College London

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About University College London

University College London, otherwise known as UCL, is a government funded research university based in metropolitan London, England. It’s a university that puts emphasis on investigative research and the teaching of critical thinking skills for its alumni. The university has its main campus in the Bloomsbury area of the populous London Borough of Camden, in Central London, where students can enjoy its large parks and open spaces in their free time.

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