The MESci builds upon the equivalent BSc programme by means of a fourth year which enables you to undertake a specialist research project in the area of your choice – and the MESci (International) programme also allows you to undertake your third year of study at an overseas university. The marks you gain at that university then count towards your Cardiff University degree. This programme is designed for high-quality candidates who might aim to pursue a research career in academia, government or industry. Geologists and Earth scientists are much sought after in many professions because of their global view of natural processes. Our degree in Geology gives you a broad view of the physical, geochemical and biological processes that formed planet Earth, its oceans, atmosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. You will learn how to observe this history within rock outcrops and interpret the processes controlling Earth’s structure and environments. A key component of this course is fieldwork. You will travel to a number of classic localities both in the UK and abroad. On these excursions you will learn how to record observations, to analyse and interpret a wide range of rocks and structures in the field, and be trained in making a geological map. Our field courses are specifically designed to focus on key themes, such as the origins of oceanic crust, the development of sedimentary basins and their oil and gas potential, and the growth and collapse of mountain belts. In year one the main location visited is currently Pembrokeshire while in year two students usually visit Arran, southwest England and northern Spain. In year three you will usually visit Cyprus, where all that you have learned previously can be synthesised into a picture that truly shows the nature of our dynamic earth. For students interested in professional research careers in Geology, the four-year MESci (International) provides a strong basis for investigation and research in this subject. Distinctive features A special feature of this course is that the credits and grades for year three of your degree assessment are acquired at an overseas institution. In this broad-based, accredited degree you will learn how to read the rocks, assess the processes involved in their formation, reconstruct past environments and interpret how life evolved, A key component of this course is fieldwork in all three years, currently in the UK, Spain and Cyprus. You will receive teaching from earth scientists from a wide variety of disciplines, many of whom are at the forefront of their discipline and are involved in national and international research programmes. In year four you will complete a master's research dissertation which can widen your career opportunities.