Do you enjoy studying sciences but still unsure what subject to continue in higher education? Have you thought of studying geology?
For me, geology is an amalgamation of all sciences. Throughout my degree so far, I’ve had the opportunity to be a geophysicist, a geochemist, a geostatistican, a sedimentologist and a palaeobiologist. I had always enjoyed studying science at school and didn’t want to compromise one subject for another when applying to university. Studying geology was my answer.
Studying geology makes you a well-rounded individual, as you get chances of studying a broad subject that encompasses the Earth, ranging from the composition, to the structure and processes acting upon it. If you want to pursue a masters, the thesis which you write in your fourth year allows you to start to specialise in areas that you are interested in. However, this doesn’t limit you in your future career.
Why study geology at Leicester? Here are some of the 2016 statistics from the National Student Survey…
- The geology department is ranked 2nd in the country for student satisfaction (98%)
- 99% of staff made the subject interesting
- 98% of our students say that our courses are intellectually stimulating
- Our average number of teaching hours per week exceeds the national average.
And if you’re still not sure, read on to hear current student’s views…
Zeinab, 4th year MGeol Geology
“I began university unclear of what career I wanted to pursue. I had enjoyed studying Geology at A-level and wanted to continue my studies. My MGeol project which is sponsored by Zeiss, gave me the opportunity to undertake 10 weeks of work experience collecting mineral chemistry data. This allowed me to be exposed to industry practices, which is definitely something I want to be involved with in the foreseeable future.”
Tim, 4th year MGeol Geology
“I initially was interested in studying Chemistry. Since being introduced to Geology at A-level, I learned how I could apply my chemistry interests but still continue to study Geology. I’m currently undertaking cutting edge research to discover the origin and genesis of Greenland dykes using X-ray fluorescence and ICPMS to analyse the chemistry. That has allowed me to experience the best of both worlds.”
Sam, 4th year MGeol Geology with Palaeobiology
“Since a young age, I’ve always had an interest in palaeobiology. By studying Geology with Palaeobiology, this opened more doors for me, as I previously hadn’t studied Geology at A-level. I am thoroughly enjoying my MGeol thesis which is focusing on micropalaeontology. Now that I am coming to the end of my degree, I would like to continue in education and I have begun to apply for PhD programmes worldwide. Ultimately, I’d like to be a lecturer but we’ll see what the future holds.”