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Geoscience: Geography and Geoscience

B.A. (Moderatorship) ; 4 years ; CAO code: TR062

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  • Geography and Geoscience, 4 years, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Students who wish to study Geoscience apply to the Geography and Geoscience stream and may select Geoscience as their specialist area for the 3rd and 4th years at the end of the second year.

    Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1074

    earth@tcd.ie

    Website

    www.tcd.ie/geology

    What is Geoscience?

    Geoscience combines the study of geology, geography, chemistry, physics and biology, to develop a complete understanding of how the earth works. The work of geoscientists helps us understand the changing climate, predict earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, find supplies of energy and raw materials, maintain clean air and water, understand the motion of the earth’s crust and oceans, and reconstruct the evolution of rocky planets and life.

    Geoscience: The course for you?

    If you like science, enjoyed taking Geography and the physical sciences at secondary level, care about the earth, are fascinated by the natural world and enjoy working outdoors, then consider Geoscience. Geoscience attracts people who wish to study the dynamics of our planet, to understand environmental changes past, present and future, and to manage Earth’s resources in an economic and sustainable manner.

    Geoscience @ Trinity

    At Trinity, you will learn from internationally renowned geoscientists whose teaching is informed by current research at the frontiers of knowledge. Our staff are drawn from the departments of Geology and Geography, where they investigate a diverse range of topical issues ranging from reconstructing sea-level change, development of life forms, measuring landforms on Mars to meteor impacts. Research and teaching in Trinity Geoscience combine field-observation, sophisticated laboratory analysis and numerical modelling for a quantitative understanding of the planet

    Graduate skills and career opportunities

    There is currently a global shortage of geoscientists. Geoscience not only prepares students to work on many of society’s most important challenges, it also unlocks lucrative and personally rewarding careers in industry, academia, research and government. Careers leading directly from Geoscience include work in: environmental, engineering and geological consultancies; mineral exploration companies; the oil industry; environmental planning; government geological surveys; teaching and research. Geoscience graduates are also highly valued in more generalised fields of employment due to their adaptability, their many transferable skills and their experience at dealing with incomplete data sets.

    Your degree and what you’ll study

    Geoscience is a new, multi-disciplinary course designed by leading research scientists in response to critical challenges facing the earth system in the 21st century. This new course integrates the successful degrees in Geology and Earth Science to create a flexible programme that balances the development of deep knowledge and expertise with the capacity to transcend traditional subject boundaries.

    At Trinity, the emphasis on quality over quantity means you will have the opportunity to learn in small classes. You will be taught via a combination of classroom lectures, seminars, and laboratory-based practical classes, developing the theoretical understanding and technical expertise needed to address applied, real-world problems. Fieldwork is a core component of geosciences research and the great outdoors is our laboratory. At Trinity we are committed to training field scientists who have practical experience of field research in a range of environments. The Geoscience programme includes several residential field courses in Ireland and overseas, with current destinations including Scotland, Greece and Spain.

    The first two years of the course provide a grounding in the geosciences with particular emphasis on physical geography, geology and human-environment interactions. In each foundation year, you will take 40 credits of core modules covering these fundamental topics, whilst also developing your numerical and analytical skills and your capacity to collect and process spatial data. In addition, you will have the opportunity to tailor your experience by selecting 20 credits of approved  modules drawn from among the chemical, physical and biological sciences.

    In years 3 and 4 you will deepen your knowledge in particular subject areas, whilst further developing your portfolio of practical and technical skills. The programme structure allows considerable flexibility in module choice whilst retaining coherent curriculum design to ensure graduates are prepared for entry to the constantly changing job market. Topics covered during third and fourth year include climate and environmental change, igneous and metamorphic processes, sedimentology, tectonics, geochemistry, exploration for natural resources (water, minerals and hydrocarbons), palaeontology and evolution and geophysics. In the fourth year, you will complete a significant piece of independent Capstone research on your chosen specialism, which may take the form of a written dissertation or a geological mapping project.

    To find out more detailed information on all of the modules currently offered, please visit: www.tcd.ie/Science/assets/documents/PDF/TR062-jf-modules.pdf

    Study abroad

    Further information on the year abroad programme, and a list of partner universities, can be found by emailing our International Student co-ordinator, Dr Sean McClenaghan mcclens@tcd.ie

    Clare Stead: Former PhD student in Geology and Earth Sciences Graduate (2013)

    “The small class size made us a close-knit group from the start which made for a friendly atmosphere. The strong practical element of the course was great, both for reinforcing what we learnt during lectures and bringing the class together as a group. The final year fieldtrip to Sicily was a highlight for me – we got to see the beautiful Turkish Steps, stand inside an old lava tube, and even watch glowing lava flows at night as they erupted from Mount Etna!”

    Course Options

    Students who wish to study Geoscience apply to the Geography and Geoscience stream and may select Geoscience as their specialist area for the 3rd and 4th years at the end of the second year.

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A. (Moderatorship)

    Duration

    4 years

    CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR062

    Admission Requirements

    For general admission requirements please click here

    Apply

    To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

    EU Applicants

    Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

    Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

    Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

    Non-EU Applicants

  • Geography and Geoscience, 4 years, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1074

    earth@tcd.ie

    Website

    www.tcd.ie/geology