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Study geology abroad

An in-depth guide to studying geology as an international student.

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
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

Geology undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in geology

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    Geology - BSc University of Otago, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,055 NZD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    July, February
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    Geology and Human Geography - Dual BSc (Hons) Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,000 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Earth and Environmental Sciences: Geology track - BSc Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,920 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Geology - BSc (Hons) (with placement) University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,600 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Geology - BSc University of Dayton, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,890 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, May, January
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Associate in geology

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    Geology - ASc Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, June, February
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    Geology - ASc Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,000 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    May, September
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    Geology - AA North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, June, April, January
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    Geology - ASc/AA Seattle Central College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, June, April, January
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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Mathematics & Science (Geology) - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, September
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Geology graduate programs

Master's in geology

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    Applied Geology - MAppSc University of Otago, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,890 NZD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    July, February
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    Earth and Environmental Sciences: Environmental Geology - MSc Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,200 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Economic Geology - MEcon University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,068 AUD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    July, February
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    Environmental Geology and Contamination - MSc University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,600 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Geology - MSc University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,666 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, September, May
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Doctorate in geology

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    Geology - PhD University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,058 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, September, May
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    Geology or Geophysics - PhD University of Wyoming, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,500 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, May
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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.