Undergraduate courses

UG students on fieldtripAll our Honours degrees are taught by academics who are global experts in their fields. We offer you the opportunity to study and work with these experts, who will provide you with first-class training for your future career and equip you with a broad range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers.

The teaching in the School was rated as 'excellent', the highest grade, by the Higher Educational Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in the teaching quality assessment.

Unconditional offers will be made to high-quality applicants who are predicted AAA or above at A level. For details see the Unconditional Offer Scheme 2015

Earth Sciences degrees

Base of the Sorbas Gorge sequence, South East SpainWe offer the following undergraduate degree courses in Earth Sciences: 


Geology, or Earth Science, is the scientific study of our planet: its formation, its structure and its evolution. Every aspect of modern life has a geological connection, from fuel for the cars we drive to building materials for the houses we live in; it truly is a global science. Geology is arguably more diverse than any other subject, including as it does, aspects of biology, geography, environmental science, physics, chemistry, engineering, and computing to name but a few.

Geologists study everything the Earth has to offer, from rocks and fossils to volcanoes and earthquakes; some travel to the farthest reaches of the world, others create their own world in a lab.

In the 2012 National Student Survey 92% of students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of our geology courses.

See how we use state-of-the-art software from MidlandValley to teach geological map interpretation.

A major redevelopment of the Lapworth Museum of Geology will start in December. 

The £2.5m project will greatly improve access to the Museum's collections and provide a unique learning and research resource for students.

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Environmental Science degrees

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We offer the following undergraduate degree courses in Environmental Sciences:

Lesley Batty, Programme Leader  "Long term management of the environment relies upon an in-depth understanding of the complexities of the natural world."

Academic study of the environment, whether at a global, national or local scale, has evolved rapidly in recent years, and there has never been a greater impetus to understand and resolve complex environmental issues. Environmental scientists study interactions between physical, chemical and biological processes in the environment, and their application to the resolution of environmental problems.

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Geography degrees

St Basil's cathedral, MoscowWe offer the following undergraduate degree courses in Geography:

We also offer the following joint honours degrees:

We are passionate about both human and physical Geography here at Birmingham. The University has been awarding Geography degrees for more than 80 years. You will join a department that can offer you the chance to study the full breadth of the subject – from the development and regeneration of our cities, to the business economy; from the culture of the world’s peoples, to the needs of sustainability; from the causes and impacts of climate change, to the processes that shape rivers and support their ecosystems; from the impacts of pollution on health, to the hazards of the natural world and the risks created by human activity. 

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Foundation Programmes

For international students from 12-year education systems, all the above programmes are available with a foundation year through the Birmingham Foundation Academy.