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Earth sciences

  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • CAO Course Code: TR077
  • No. of Places: 19
  • Min Entry Points for 2014: 490* points
  • Duration: 4 Year(s) Full Time
  • Award: B.A.
  • Specific Entry Requirements: See requirements
  • Course Options:

    Combinations of subjects not permitted:
    Physics/chemistry with physics or chemistry
    Agricultural science with biology
    Applied mathematics with mathematics

    See also:

    TR001: TSM
    TR071: Science

  • How to apply: See how to apply

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Earth sciences

This degree programme focuses on Planet Earth, and in particular the composition and structure of the Earth's surface layers, atmosphere and oceans, the dynamic processes that influence and shape our world, and the formation and distribution of resources that we depend upon. Notable areas of study include climate change, geomorphic hazards (earthquakes, landslides, volcanism, flooding), pollution and the availability and exploitation of resources, including energy resources. The degree aims to produce articulate and informed graduates with a broad knowledge of Planet Earth by providing students with a firm grounding in those sciences that relate directly to the surface of the Earth and to surface-forming and atmospheric and oceanic processes. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking, a scientific approach to understanding, and training in relevant, transferable skills, including laboratory- and field-based analytical techniques.

Is this the right course for you?

In an increasingly interconnected and complex world, employers are seeking graduates who can combine analytical rigour with an understanding of real-world problems that are not limited to a single discipline. The Earth sciences degree at Trinity, positioned on the interface between geography, geology, environmental sciences, physics and chemistry, provides an insight into the complexities of physical processes influencing the inhabited surface of the Earth and its atmosphere and oceans. The degree is both highly challenging and also potentially hugely rewarding: not only do the earth sciences underpin many of the problems currently faced by humankind, they are also a source of many of the solutions!

Course overview

In the Junior Freshman (first) year students take six modules: Geology; Introduction to geography I (physical); Introduction to geography II (human-environment); Maths; Foundation physics, and Introduction to physical chemistry.

In the Senior Freshman (second) year, students take courses in Geology (Mineralogy, Palaeontology and stratigraphy, Petrology, Structural geology and Mapwork, plus a module of Fieldwork); Geography (Changing worlds and Collection and analysis of geographical data); Geochemistry for earth scientists; Physics for earth scientists and a module from the Broad Curriculum.

The Sophister (third and fourth) years enable students to take a variety of modules from the existing Geography and Geology degree programmes. In their Senior Sophister year, students also have the opportunity to take some modules drawn from outside the Earth sciences degree programme.


Most modules are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and end-of-year examinations.

Study abroad

The School of Natural Sciences has exchange agreements with a large number of other universities where students may carry out part or all of the Junior Sophister (third) year of the degree. In addition, the Earth sciences degree includes at least one overseas field course, together with opportunities for students to base their research project work outside Ireland.

Career opportunities

Areas such as environmental consultancy, environmental planning, overseas assistance, the assessment, exploitation and management of resources, including mineral reserves such as oil and gas, risk assessment, environmental analysis, teaching, and research all potentially offer careers for graduates from the Earth sciences degree.

Further information


Tel: +353 1 896 1713

Specific Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate HD3 or OC3 Mathematics
HC3 In two of: physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics/chemistry, geology, geography, applied mathematics or agricultural science
GCSE criteriaGrade B Mathematics
Advanced GCE (A-Level)Grade C In two of physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, geology, geography or applied mathematics
Combinations of subjects not permitted: Physics/chemistry with physics or chemistry
Agricultural science with biology
Applied mathematics with mathematics