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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.

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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 study abroad programs

Geology undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in geology

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    Geology - BSc Mount Royal University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,907 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,100 CAD

    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
    14,742 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,742 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Earth and Space Exploration: Geological Sciences (Tempe Campus) - BS Arizona State University (in partnership with Kaplan International), USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,760 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,760 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Earth System Science - BSc McGill University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    42,567 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 58,158 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Geology - BA Central Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,880 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,880 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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Associate in geology

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    Geology - ADT Riverside City College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    30 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,440 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,440 USD

    Start date
    August, February, June
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    Geology - ASc College of the Canyons, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,260 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,260 USD

    Start date
    August, February, June
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    Geology - AA North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,445 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,445 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, June
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    Geology - ASc Cuesta College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,288 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,288 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Geology - ASOT Lane Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March
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Geology graduate programs

Master's in geology

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    Geological and Environmental Hazards - MSc University of Portsmouth, UK
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,208 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,800 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Geological Sciences - MSc Central Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,652 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,652 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Geological Sciences - MSGS Queen's University, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,100 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,166 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Geological Sciences (Tempe Campus) - MSc Arizona State University (in partnership with Kaplan International), USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,280 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,280 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Geology - MSc Acadia University, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,497 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,174 CAD

    Start date
    January
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Doctorate in geology

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    Geology - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,350 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

    Start date
    August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April, May, June, July
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    Earth System Science - PhD Clark University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,952 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,952 USD

    Start date
    January
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Diploma in geology

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    Science: Geology - PGDipSc University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,208 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,500 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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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.