You’ll develop a specific knowledge of geology, related to your programme of study and module choices. The practical field work you carry out as part of your degree equips you with expertise in field and laboratory investigations.

Transferable skills from your course include:

  • skills in observation, data collection, analysis and interpretation
  • the ability to prepare, process and present data
  • the ability to handle information in a range of different mediums, e.g. textual, numerical, oral, graphical
  • written and verbal communication skills
  • report writing skills
  • problem-solving skills and lateral thinking
  • self-motivation and resilience
  • teamworking skills and the ability to work on your own initiative.


Further study

Further study is a popular option for geology graduates. Taking a relevant MSc course may be helpful, if you’re interested in getting into a particular field of geology, such as mining engineering, engineering geology or the minerals industry.

For example, taking an MSc in petroleum geoscience is an option for those wanting to get into the petroleum industry. Other examples of postgraduate courses include:

  • earth sciences
  • hydrogeology
  • nuclear decommissioning
  • petroleum engineering
  • petroleum geophysics
  • waste management.

A small number of students continue onto PhDs. By studying at postgraduate level, you’ll develop your specialist knowledge and research and communication skills.

Further study is also needed for a move into professions such as law, teaching, librarianship or journalism. For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search postgraduate courses.


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