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Geology BSc(Hons): What our students say

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Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.

Name: Aaron Kenyeh Abu
Course: Geology BSc(Hons), 2013–16

Kenyeh on a field tripChoosing to study geology at Kingston was one of the best decisions I've made. The course has taught me how to deal with every type of geological problem that I'm likely to encounter in my career! One particular aspect of the Geology BSc(Hons) course at Kingston that I enjoyed was the training I received in how to use highly sophisticated scientific instruments like a scanning electron microscope for my final-year research project. This training reflects a wider culture of using new and exciting ways to learn which helped me to understand even the most complex of geological problems.

The relaxed and sociable atmosphere of the department, along with the undergraduate Geological Society, has helped me connect with key industry figures and form bonds for life.

The skills and knowledge learnt from studying geology at Kingston have provided me with a solid foundation from which to apply for employment and further education and it's thanks to this that I will shortly be taking up an MSc in Engineering Geology at the University of Portsmouth.

 

Name: Stephany Ocampo Jimenez
Course: Geology BSc(Hons), 2013–16

"It didn't take me long to realise that choosing to study geology at Kingston was the best decision I could ever have made!

Geology for me is a form of time travel, and I have been able to look at everything from 3 billion year old rock in NW Scotland to active tectonics in SE Spain. This course allowed me to spend a lot of time outdoors (in all weathers!) and enabled me to use my imagination to try and build a picture of how the landscape before me came to be. It is a fascinating subject that combines physics, chemistry and biology in the most exciting way possible.

Stephany on a field tripThe fieldtrips are a fantastic opportunity to put theory into practice: chasing the end of a boundary between two rock types in the middle of the Scottish Highlands, looking at amazing sediments in the middle of the scorching Tabernas desert of SE Spain, or looking at coral reefs as the sun goes down in breath-taking Cyprus – I loved every minute!

I cannot think of a better subject to share experiences with, and to get to know, my classmates and lecturers. I have made lifelong friends at Kingston and I have learned from the best academics. I cannot thank the department at Kingston enough. They are dedicated, approachable, and extremely supportive.

After finishing my degree in the summer of 2016 I was selected to work alongside some of the world's leading volcanologists on the island of Tenerife – a once in a lifetime experience that would not have been possible without my degree and the support of the geology staff at Kingston. I have no doubt that if I had do it all over again, I'd still choose to study geology at Kingston."

 

Name: Sascha Roest-Ellis
Course: Geology BSc(Hons), 2012–15

"Studying geology at Kingston taught me that geologists certainly know how to have a good time! Fieldtrips to Spain, Cyprus, France and many other places enabled me to see and learn about some incredible world-class geology – taught by experts – in a relaxed and sociable atmosphere with great friends. Studying geology at Kingston gave me a chance to travel the world.

Sascha whilst on a field trip with her courseA keen interest in science, a love of the outdoors and an interest in understanding how Earth's processes interrelate: these are what drew me to geology. The geology course at Kingston allowed me to pursue all of these interests and more thanks to its accreditation by the Geological Society, its field trips, exceptional support and networking opportunities. Unlike many other three-year geology courses, Kingston enabled me to undertake both mapping and dissertation projects that have given me a big advantage over rival applicants at interviews for further education and employment.

The brilliant support network provided by the department meant that many of my friends and I won industry sponsorship for our summer mapping projects which also helped us establish useful industry connections. I especially enjoyed visits by guest speakers from industry and Kingston's world-renown geology alumni.

After graduating from Kingston, I went on to study for a fully industry sponsored MSc in Petroleum Geoscience at Royal Holloway, University of London. I'm now about to start a PhD at the University of Oxford. The teaching and support provided by the department at Kingston continues to help me gain places on highly competitive programmes."

 

Alastair Hinchcliffe

Name: Alastair Hinchcliffe
Course: Geology BSc(Hons), 2012–15

"Studying geology at Kingston really helped me to gain a broad skills base for going on to work in industry. In addition to learning key skills in lectures, practicals and on fieldwork, I also got to work as a summer intern petroleum geologist for TGS NOPEC between my second and third year.

The geology department at Kingston has a very sociable and relaxed atmosphere which is best reflected in its active undergraduate Geological Society. I was lucky enough to chair the Society during my time at Kingston which provided a great meeting point for students, staff and professionals.

Thanks to my degree, I quickly found a fantastic job working for South West Geotechnical as a graduate geotechnical engineering technician.

I have Kingston to thank for setting me up and giving me the skills to go on and succeed in professional earth science companies and institutions."

 

Name: Abby Hedger
Course: Geology BSc(Hons), 2011–14

Abby whilst on a field trip with her course"I visited several universities but chose Kingston because I found it really friendly, with a small but enthusiastic team of lecturers. Because of its relatively small size, I felt fully part of the geology community, not just a number.

One of the best things about geology at Kingston is of course the field trips! Our first residential trip was to SW England, which served as a really useful bonding experience with fellow course mates. Between my second and third year, I spent an unforgettably great month mapping in the French Alps, and extended my stay by a few days to explore Nice.

Another great benefit of being at Kingston was the alumni who are hugely supportive of the students. I was lucky enough to gain work experience at Circle Oil through one of the alumni members which was a stepping stone into my career as an exploration geoscientist. I left Kingston and studied petroleum geoscience at Royal Holloway, University of London and then went on to work for ENGIE E&P UK working on an onshore regional exploration project."

 

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