Earth Sciences

Every wondered about the origins of Earth, origins of life on Earth, or the mechanics that shaped the planet we call home? Earth sciences attempts to answer these questions, as well as a multitude of others. The UNIQ course gives you the opportunity to delve deeper into the science behind our planet.

During the week, you will attend lectures and participate in labs, in the state of the art Earth Sciences department. Lectures will cover a broad basis of topics including; plate tectonics, volcanism, seismology, palaeontology, mineralogy, planetary geology, geophysics and oceanography. Labs will allow students explore the methods and mechanics behind the themes in lectures, with help from world leading experts and postgraduate demonstrators. In addition, one afternoon will be spent carrying out research in Oxford’s beautiful Natural History museum.

As Earth Science is not an option at A level or IB, this course aims to give you a good representation of the areas explored in the undergraduate course. It also aims to develop your analytical skills, communication skills and give context to basic concepts you may have covered in physics, maths or chemistry. The undergraduate course includes field trips and during the week, although you will not be able to attend a field trip, you will develop some of the key mineral identification and classification skills you would use in the field.

This course is fantastic for anyone that enjoys maths, physics, chemistry, geology or biology, and wants a degree that offers an applied combination, as opposed to a pure subject. 

Course Details and Requirements
23 July - 28 July 2017
15 places available
Studying Maths plus Chemistry or Physics towards A2
Further Maths, Biology and Geology useful but not essential
Places to Applicants: 1 in 4
Typical Lessons for this course
Planetary evolution
Ocean Circulation and Climate
Physical properties of Earth materials
Field Geology