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Geology degrees abroad

Geology is the study of the physical Earth, what it’s made up of, the processes acting upon it and how it has changed over time. As a geology student, you’ll look at the complex formation of our planet by studying rocks, minerals and fossils to learn about the physics, chemistry and history of the Earth.

Geologists have a vital role to play, and as a graduate you’ll be able to use your knowledge to help address the challenges we face from issues like climate change and natural disasters. That’s why geology is an ideal subject if you have a scientific mind and a desire to make a difference.

Geology is a hands-on degree with lots of time spent out in the field, so studying overseas could give you the opportunity to study in a new and exciting environment. You can study geology abroad at all levels including bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate, and there are programs available all over the world.

Geology program structure

Geology is offered as a BSc at undergraduate level, and will take you between three and four years to complete, depending on where you study. Some universities in the UK and certain other countries offer an MSci geology program, which is a four or five year undergraduate degree that combines a bachelor’s and master’s.

If you already have a related undergraduate degree you can study an MSc in geology as a separate program over one or two years. PhD doctorate degrees are also available, and can be studied in geology, or in a specialized area like geophysics or geochemistry. PhD programs can take five or more years to complete and will be entirely research-based.

Most geology programs are practical in nature, and you’ll be taught through a combination of fieldwork, laboratory work, tutorials and group lectures. You will be assessed through written exams, oral presentations, assignments, essays and a research dissertation in your final year.

The program structure and content of each geology program will vary depending on the university you study at, but here are some of the most common modules you will study:

  • Earth systems
  • Structural geology
  • Geoscience
  • Ocean systems
  • Sedimentology
  • Geochemistry
  • Geophysics
  • Palaeontology
  • Structural geology and tectonics
  • Geodynamics
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Geology study abroad programs

What are the top geology undergraduate programs abroad?

  • Radford UniversityGeology - BA/BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep, Dec, Jan, May
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Geology
    Location
    Radford, USA
    Next start date
    December 2024 +4 more
    Annual tuition fee
    25,185USD
  • University of New BrunswickGeology (Saint John Campus) - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Geology
    Location
    Fredericton, Canada
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    19,148CAD
  • University of Nebraska OmahaGeology - BS

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, May, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Geology
    Location
    Omaha, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    20,469USD
  • Murray State UniversityEarth and Environmental Sciences: Geology track - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Geology
    Location
    Murray, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    14,742USD
  • South Dakota School of Mines and TechnologyGeology - BS

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, May, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Geology
    Location
    Rapid City, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +3 more
    Annual tuition fee
    16,500USD

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What are the top geology postgraduate programs abroad?

  • University of PortsmouthGeological and Environmental Hazards - MSc

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Disaster Studies, Geology
    Location
    Portsmouth, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    20,200GBP
  • Western Washington UniversityGeology - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Geology
    Location
    Bellingham, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    26,574USD
  • Arizona State University (in partnership with Kaplan International)Geological Sciences (Tempe Campus) - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Geology
    Location
    Phoenix, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    38,526USD
  • California State University, Long BeachGeology (STEM) - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Geology
    Location
    Long Beach , USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    16,434USD
  • Lakehead UniversityGeology - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep, Jan
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Geology
    Location
    Thunder Bay, Canada
    Next start date
    January 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    23,000CAD

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Future geology careers

Many students studying geology will look to start a career as a geologist after graduation, but there are many other fields you could look to work in as well. Here are some jobs you could consider with the skills you’ve learned from a geology degree:

  • Mining geologist
  • Well-site geologist
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Geoscientist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental engineer
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Teacher

Check to see if the program you want to study is accredited, as this can make it easier to get a geology role in the country you study in. If you need help working out what career you want to pursue, speak to your university who will be able to help you find the right role for you.

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