International Field Geosciences BSc (Hons)

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Course Code: CK404

Course Title: International Field Geosciences

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science

International Field Geosciences

Duration: 4 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BSc (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

Entry Requirements: Refer to CK404


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.

Course Details

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



Further Contact Information

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

T: +353(0)21 490 4650



Contact us

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P: +353(0)21 490 4650
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Related Courses:

BSc Geology

BSc Earth Science

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