Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN200
CAO Points Range 2021: 566
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 420

Leaving Certificate:
  • O2/H6 in Mathematics
  • O2/H6 in a laboratory science (Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or Geography may be used instead of a laboratory science subject) and
  • O6/H7 in English, Irish and two other recognised subjects
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Why is this course for me?

Geology is the study of the earth: the nature and origin of materials that make up our planet and the natural and energy resources it provides. It explores the processes that shape the earth (e.g. climate change, earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides). Geology addresses fundamental questions regarding the structure, age and evolution of the earth, its controlling processes and the history of life. Geology impacts profoundly on many aspects of life and society.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Geology graduates work in areas essential to understanding and protecting the environment, in industries using natural resources and developing infrastructure in roles such as geological surveyors, petroleum and mineral exploration and production geologists, mine geologists, hydrogeologists, oceanographers, geochemists, environmental consultants and engineering and structural geologists.

Graduate programmes include the UCD MSc in Subsurface Characterisation and Geomodelling. Graduates of this MSc course will be equipped with the skills and scientific understanding for a variety of applied geoscience careers. In addition, several UK universities offer MSc courses, in Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology, Oceanography and Mineral Exploration.

What Will I Study

This is a sample pathway for a degree in Geology. Topics include sedimentology, palaeobiology, geochemistry, mineralogy, petrology, geophysics, structural geology, tectonics, earth evolution, earth resources and applied geology. Teaching and learning is through linked lectures, seminars, practical and field classes, with opportunities also for online learning.

First Year

  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Optional Science modules
  • Elective module

Second Year

  • Geology (includes a residential field course in the west of Ireland)
  • + 1 Other Science Subject
  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Geology (includes residential field courses in Ireland and England)
  • Elective modules

Work Placements & Research Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to take a work placement module and/or a research project module during Third Year or during the following summer vacation.

Fourth Year

The year begins with a field-mapping research project, with follow-up research and report completion during the remainder of fourth year. There is a 10-day residential field course, usually held in Spain.

Geology as a Minor Subject

Geology can be combined with either Archaeology or Geography as a Minor subject, with most of your study being in your Archaeology or Geography Major subject through DN700 Social Sciences. Depending on your interests, you may elect to study from the following range of themes: Geology and Society; Landforms, Sediments and Life; Field Skills; Geochemistry; Earth Materials; Solid Earth Evolution. To select Geology as a Minor, select DN700 Social Sciences, choose the Two Subject Combination, then select either Archaeology or Geography with Minor subject – and pick Geology.


“I really enjoyed the practical and field trip sessions – there was a lot of engaging hands-on learning. I realised that I really enjoyed the concepts of Geology and I particularly liked visualising what was going on underneath the earth’s surface based on the information that was available on the crust. It was like problem solving in 3-D with minimal information, while adhering to scientific belief. This provided a challenging and rewarding thought process, which I extremely enjoyed. I am currently working as an Engineering Geologist with Arup. I use my background in Geology to interpret a wide variety of ground conditions which includes soil and rock mechanics, which helps geotechnical engineers design safe and environmentally sustainable projects.”

Maria Noone, Graduate

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