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The Geology Of Scotland, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 21 days
University rank #67 (QS) Glasgow, United Kingdom
The rocks and landscape of Scotland have inspired generations of scientists, leading to the development of geology as a field of enquiry. This course will bring you up-to-date with the most modern geosciences research techniques, as well as taking you to see some of the key sites that influenced figures such as Hutton, Agassiz and Lyell.
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You will gain;

  • an understanding of the geological history of Scotland including the impacts of Quaternary glaciation,
  • insight into the techniques used by geoscientists to date and research rocks,
  • and skills in field mapping and analysis.

The Geology Of Scotland programme is offered by the University of Glasgow.  

Why Glasgow?

Teaching is led by researchers who have expertise in the latest geological techniques and analytical methods, as well as having many years of experience of Scottish geology.

You will find this course an excellent supplement to a degree in geology, earth science or physical geography.

Field trips

Usually based in Glasgow and the surrounding area, you will also experience three fieldwork days visiting the Highlands and the east coast of Scotland. Visits to renowned museums and the unique laboratories of the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre are also included.


Exercises in the field (rock descriptions, sedimentary logs, field sketches, geological maps, cross-sections); exercises in the laboratory (numerical models, digital maps and a physical model); a geological report.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    2019 dates to be confirmed. 

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 21 days
  • Credits
    20 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Most classes will take place in the field, including visits to a major terrane boundary, the first unconformities described by James Hutton, spectacular igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, and our unique reproduction on the campus of typical Scottish geology: ‘Rock around the University’.
  • This course will provide you with hands-on experience to supplement your knowledge of different geological settings.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Entry requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent)

If your first language is not English, you must meet our minimum proficiency level:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training) overall score of 6.0, with no sub test less than 5.5
  • we also accept equivalent scores in other recognised qualifications such as ibTOEFL, CAE, CPE and more

Tuition Fee

To be confirmed.

Living costs for Glasgow

  • 620 - 1020 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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