The Department was ranked 5th in the UK in the 2012 National Student Survey with an "Overall Student Satisfaction" rating of 96%. The Department of Earth Sciences was ranked 6th in the UK in the 2008 RAE with 70% of our research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. You will get the opportunity to spend the third year abroad studying at a partner university in Canada, United States, Australia or New Zealand. The course emphasises the chance to develop practical skills and participate in fieldwork around the world. Final year course units are linked to MSc classes.