Facilities & Teaching

We employ a diverse range of teaching methods to ensure you are challenged and engaged at all stages of your degree. The proportion of independent project work increases throughout your degree.


  • Geological mapping training on Arran
    Geological mapping training on Arran
    Each year group has their own study area, readily accessible and equipped with specimens.
  • Transferable skills teaching, including computing and maths, are integrated into course modules.
  • Supervised practical classes are closely integrated with lectures.
  • Students are actively encouraged and guided into independent study.
  • There is ready access to teaching staff.
  • Independent and teamwork projects are integral parts of modules in every year.
  • Diverse assessment methods include coursework, fieldwork, independent reports/projects, seminars, oral and poster presentations and computer-based tests, as well as formal examinations.
  • Each student has a personal tutor who provides pastoral and academic support.
  • Modules are designed and delivered by geoscience experts at the forefront of their field.

Student Feedback

You will be provided with non-assessed feedback on every module to help you improve and prepare for assessed work.

  • Student questionnaires allow you to give direct feedback on modules.
  • An active Student-Staff Committee allows you to raise any issues relating to your studies and suggest and discuss course developments.


You will have access to our student resource room as well as state-of-the-art lecture theatres and practical laboratories.

  • X-ray diffractometer training
    X-ray diffractometer training
    Classic geological localities in the
    beautiful surrounding countryside.
  • Excellent ICT facilities, including open access computer rooms in the Geology and a geological map library. You can find out more about the different IT services at the IT4students website.
  • Extensive, award-winning collections of more than 250,000 rocks, minerals and fossils support student learning.
  • High quality analytical facilities such as our Scanning Electron Microscope are available for undergraduate projects.
  • Superbly supported fieldwork programme in terms of equipment and technical support.
  • Undergraduates may carry out research with the NERC Isotope Geoscience Laboratory and British Geological Survey at nearby Keyworth.

Accredited degrees

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Our degrees were granted accredited status by the Geological Society in 1999 and re-accredited in 2005, 2011 and 2017. The Geological Society of London is the professional society for geologists in the UK.

The courses were considered excellent ... the panel was particularly impressed by the amount of fieldwork undertaken
Geological Society of London Accreditation Panel


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