UCC Undergraduate courses

International Field Geosciences

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    International Field Geosciences

  • Code


  • College

    Science, Engineering and Food Science

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BSc (Hons)

  • Fees

    Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,165 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    Refer to CK404 - 2017: 441

Course Outline

The BSc International Field Geosciences (IFG) is a joint Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree that focuses on the documentation, interpretation and synthesis of critical geological issues in the field.

The degree rests upon a backbone of existing modules that are the foundation of current geology courses at UCC and the University of Montana, complemented by an emphasis on the development of field-based learning in an intercultural setting.

The core curriculum is identical to that required for the existing BSc Geology at UCC. Upon successful completion of Year 1 Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences examinations, students will apply to undertake the BSc in International Field Geosciences.

Year 1 Modules (5 credits each):

BL1002  Cells, Biomolecules, Genetics & Evolution;

BL1004  Physiology and Structure of Plants and Animals;

BL1005  Habitats and Ecosystems;

CM1003  Introductory Chemistry for Environmental Scientists;

ER1006  Applied Earth Systems;

EV1002  The Environment;

GL1001  Introduction to Geology;

GL1004  Geological Evolution of Ireland;

GG1010  Introduction to Physical Geography;

MA1001  Calculus for Science Part 1;

PY1009  Physics for the Environmental Sciences I 

Year 2 Modules:


Crystallography, Optics and Mineralogy;  Sedimentological Processes and Sedimentary Petrology;  Geohazards and Research Skills;  Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology;  Easter Field Course;  Structural Geology;  Fossils as Living Organisms


The Atmospheric Environment;  Biogeography;  Coastal and Marine Geomorphology;  Quarternary Environments and Geomorphology;  French;  German;  Spanish

Year 3 Modules

Spent abroad at the University of Montana.

Year 4 Modules:


Geology Mapping Project or Research Project;  Advanced Field Geosciences or Crustal Evolution of NW England


Practical Offshore Marine Science; Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology; Micropaleontology and Palynology; Applied Geophysics; Advanced Igneous Processes; Economic Geology; Geological Work Placement; Exceptional Glimpses of Ancient Life; Geochemistry; Advanced Structural Geology; Evolution for Geologists; Stratigraphy; Geological Map Interpretation; Petroleum Geology and Basin Analysis

See College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on modules.

Course Practicalities

You will attend lectures and practicals and participate in field trips.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment including essays, assessed practical exercises, field reports, multiple-choice questionnaires, assessed presentations and project work. The range of assessments provides a broad skills-base of relevance to future employment.

Examination of the approved modules taken at the Universities of Potsdam and Montana are undertaken at the host institutions.

Who teaches this course

Dr Pat Meere, IFG degree coordinator at Geology, School of BEES, UCC and all Geology staff members.

Why Choose This Course

Having the IFG qualification on my CV makes me stand out from the crowd

Kathleen Nolan

Find Out More

The International Field Geoscience degree is a geology degree with a significant emphasis on field-based learning in an international environment.

Students who undertake this course will spend their third academic year at the University of Montana, where they will take a number of field-orientated courses set in the Rocky Mountains and western United States.

By taking this course you will learn something of the processes that have formed this planet over 4,500 million years, and which allow humans and life as we know it to exist on Earth. The course has a strong focus on field skills, and this, coupled with the international component, makes our graduates highly employable.

Key facts

  • The International Field Geosciences (IFG) is a joint Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree with University of Montana
  • The degree focuses on documentation, interpretation and synthesis of critical geological issues in the field
  • IFG curriculum is identical to the BSc Geology except for year 3 which is spent studying at the University of Montana

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Year 3 of the course is spent in approved courses of study at the University of Montana. In year 4, you take approved geoscience modules to the value of 20 credits at the University of Potsdam.

Skills and Careers Information

There is currently a global shortage of geosciences and geology graduates. In recent years, our graduates have gained employment in the area of environmental geology and have worked at home or abroad in diverse fields such as infrastructure and engineering projects, geotechnical site investigations, hydrogeology, landfill management and environmental impact and protection.

Currently our graduates are in high demand and are being actively recruited by hydrocarbon and mineral exploration companies, guaranteeing unrivalled opportunities to work overseas.


Refer to CK404.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

Refer to CK404.

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

Refer to CK404.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.


**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

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