Taught course


Birkbeck, University of London · Geography, Environment and Development Studies

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 honours degree in an earth/environmental science or similar subject. We welcome graduates from the earth sciences, geology, geography, chemistry and biology. Relevant work-related experience will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Geochemistry is the study of the world around us using chemical tools and principles and Birkbeck is the only university to offer advanced training in geochemistry via part-time evening study and distance learning. This programme will give you an advanced knowledge of a range of geochemical disciplines, from Earth surface chemistry and pollution to resource geochemistry and magmatic processes. It provides high-level professional and academic training in geochemical theory, knowledge and practice, as well as field and laboratory methodologies, so that you are prepared for further study in geochemistry, or for a career in a range of areas, including environmental science, sustainability, industry, government and other organisations.

As well as attending this course at Birkbeck in central London, you can also study by distance learning via our online learning environment. You can access course materials and recordings of lectures wherever you are in the world - and whenever it suits you.

A training week in central London in field and laboratory methods of geochemistry is included.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Fees and funding

UK students
Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa
International students
Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.

Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

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