Earth Sciences

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Studying Maths plus Chemistry or Physics to A2
Further Requirements: 
Further Maths, Biology and Geology useful but not essential
Available Places: 
Places to Applicants: 
1 in 4
5 – 9 July

Ever 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 range of topics including; plate tectonics, volcanology, seismology, palaeontology, mineralogy, planetary geology, geophysics and oceanography. Labs will allow students to explore the methods and mechanics behind the themes in lectures, with help from experts and postgraduate demonstrators. In addition, there will be an opportunity to experience an Earth Sciences field trip, on a half-day local excursion - weather permitting! - as well as a tour of Oxford’s beautiful Museum of Natural History.

Since Earth Sciences 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.

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.