Undergraduate resources

General information

Help and advice (new and existing students)

Key Information Sets (KIS)

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has introduced Key Information Sets (KIS) which are designed to be directly comparable sets of information about all full and part time undergraduate courses in all English Universities. They are designed to meet the information needs of prospective students trying to compare different courses from different Ins titutions. 

Programme Specifications

Current programme specifications can be found here.


Information and advice about finance, welfare, academic progress and a range of other issues.



The Scheme for the Award of Honours (SAH) is the official document that tells you what modules are being taught this year, which are done by which students, and that outlines how degree marks are calculated. If you are not sure what modules you should be taking, this is the place to start.

Competence standards

These competence standards highlight the core skills students should be able to demonstrate by the end of their programme of study in the Earth Science & Engineering Department. In addition to these competence standards all students will be expected to meet the basic academic competence standards contained within the admissions policy for their programme of study.

Formal module documentation

ESESIS provides all the practical details of each module that you will normally need.


ESE is well known around the College for its lively student and staff feedback. Feedback is ongoing; it happens during practical classes, in workshops, in lectures, on fieldwork, while meeting with your tutor and in tutorials and in almost any port of your learning. You often do not notice you are getting feedback. Click here to access our feedback system - SOLE.

We also have a staff student forum where we discuss the teaching provision for undergraduates to promote excellence in all areas. You can find out more about it here.

Funding & Scholarships

We aim for financial reasons to not be a barrier to studying at Imperial, and there is some financial support available. The Imperial College Bursary is one of the most generous university bursary schemes in the UK. A number of different scholarships are available are available for prospective and current undergraduate students to assist them through their studies.

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Departmental administered scholarships

Departmental academic awards

The department awards a number of prizes and scholarships at the end of each academic year. Students are eligible for these prizes and scholarships once they have completed their first year and are informed of their award after the release of examination results at the end of June.

Fieldwork funding

For taught field trips the department arranges and funds all travel and accommodation. 

Geology stream students carry out an independent mapping trip in June of their second year. This is not funded by the department, and costs vary by location. The department encourages students to apply for internal and external sources of funding to contribute towards any extra fieldwork costs.  

The department provides safety equipment and first aid training for all students. Students are expected to provide their own geological equipment (a rock hammer, compass clino and a hand lens). The department recommends that you do not purchase these ahead of your studies.

All taught field trips in the undergraduate degrees are included in the cost of tuition, except for a contribution to food costs on fully catered trips (currently approx. £25/week) and the Year 2 independent mapping project which Geology students and some Earth and Planetary Science students undertake in a location of their choice.

Externally administered scholarships notified by ESE

MinSouth Student

Each year, MinSouth awards a sponsorship to a final year undergraduate student. Find out more about MinSouth sponsorship and initiatives to assist students with their studies

BP Scholarships

BP Supports education of students as they pursue their undergraduate degree. Find out more about BP scholarships.

Ivor Tupper Fund (Geologists Association)

Open to all Earth Sciences students. The fund is designed to give financial assistance – a single award of £2000 cash annually – to a deserving undergraduate in their second, third or fourth year at university, studying Geology or Earth Sciences. The award will be made by the Council of the Geologists’ Association to the student they feel best demonstrates both a genuine commitment to the discipline and academic excellence. Nominations are made by university departments by invitation. Find out more about the Ivor Tupper Fund.

The Geological Society

Open to all Earth Sciences students, the Geological Society provide undergraduate bursary opportunities. Find out more about Geological Society of London Grants.

UROP bursaries

Imperial College Earth Science and Engineering UROP Bursaries: 

What is UROP? UROP provides an opportunity for students who have yet to graduate from their  degree to participate in real research. The express purpose is for the participant to acquire experience of the research undertaken by a particular member of staff or research group by either undertaking a project or developing technical skills.

Who is eligible? Undergraduate students of all years in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering are invited to apply for a bursary. This includes students who are to graduate in the same summer as doing the UROP. 

How do you find a project? You need to approach a member of staff that you think you would be interested in working with.  You can also look on the College website where individual staff sometimes put projects that they are offering. The Imperial UROP webpages also give you ideas to think about when you start to look for a project.

Found a project supervisor? Here are the rules and guidelines for applications:

  • Applications for an individual bursary are invited from students registered as Imperial College Undergraduates at the time of application and whose proposed project placement lasts at least 4 weeks (full-time).
  • Projects are typically 6 or 8 weeks, though up to 12 weeks is possible
  • Bursary values from the Imperial College Bursary scheme were ~£300/week in 2019

How do you apply for funding?

  • Information on the application procedure for Imperial College Bursaries, and notes on other possible funding sources, are provided on the Central College UROP pages. Imperial College bursary applications normally open in January and close mid-February. Your supervisor may be able to assist you with applying for funding from other sources

Registering your placement 

In addition to any bursary applications, UROP placements must be registered before they commence. See Central College information page for details.

Using the library

The department has a dedicated Librarian who works on the South Kensington Campus and is available to help all staff and students. Please visit the dedicated webpages on the Library website for full details of

  • Search tools
  • Maps and data sources
  • Help and support services:

Your librarian 

Theo Stubbs
Theo can help with:

  • Searching and finding information
  • Evaluating the information you find
  • Using and connecting to e-journals, e-books and databases
  • Referencing and reference management software
  • Using the Library and our services
  • Open access publishing

Library opening hours

The Library website has details of the opening hours for all Imperial College Libraries.

Undergraduate prizes

Undergraduate Prizes 
Please visit the following link for details of all winners of undergraduate prizes‌ (PDF, 144KB) for the 2016-17 academic year.
Please visit the following link for details of all undergraduate prize winners for the 2018-19 academic year. 
Please visit the following link for details of all winners of undergraduate prizes for the 2019-20 academic year.

Careers/Professional Development

Further information

Your future in your hands

As an Imperial College Earth Sciences graduate you will have a wide range of career paths open to you. Our graduates are renowned for being highly numerate and articulate, self-motivated and hard-working – highly desirable characteristics in a competitive job market. We encourage all students to consider their personal and professional development from when they first enter the College through to graduation - the very best students will be proactive about their own professional development.

The Prospector magazine, edited by undergraduates in ESE, showcases the amazing and varied things our students get up to during their degree. Find out more about UROPs, internships, alumni destinations and your lecturers’ research in the first edition of the Prospector, March 2018: The Prospector - Edition 1

For your professional development:
  • Sign up to jobslive through the CareersService to search for jobs, book events and more
  • Maintain an up-to-date CV
  • Keep a record of your developing transferable skills (ppt 91kb)
  • Complete your PRDP form on ESESIS
  • Check the ESESIS 'Info' tab, your emails and the careers webpages above for news about internships, jobs and careers events
  • Attend seminars and talks from visiting recruiters
  • Broaden your education and your employment prospects with Imperial Horizons
  • Become a student member of professional bodies that interest you

CVs, applications and interviews

Quick Guides to CVs, cover letters, interviews and networking.

Your CV

Your CV (Curriculum Vitae) will develop as you progress through your degree. You should start keeping one in your first year and update it often. 

  • Consider keeping a ‘master’ version where you put all your achievements. Don’t worry about how long it is and think of it as a resource for all future applications
  • From this ‘master’ create a two-page succinct CV of your most significant achievements
  • If you are applying for academic studies (MSc, PhD), industry positions and/or internships, consider making different versions of your CV that cater to each sector
  • Avoid over-padding (primary school achievements are not usually relevant)
  • Avoid under-playing. For example, work experience such as bar work shows that you are reliable (can work shifts), trustworthy and numerate (can handle money) and are a good people person
  • Check like a hawk for spelling and grammatical errors - employers hate them

Departmental CV Surgery

CV nearly there but need a few pointers? Book a 15 minute one-on-one CV Surgery with one of the Teaching Fellows (Emma PassmoreLizzie Day or Philippa Mason) or send them an electronic copy.


Cover letter

If you are only asked for a CV then it is usual to also send a cover letter. The cover letter gives you a chance to say the kinds of things that would normally go into a personal statement if you completed an application form.

  • Keep it concise – one to two pages maximum
  • Make sure you’ve addressed the person correctly, including their title
  • Use a template to achieve a professional layout

Personal statement

Your personal statement is your chance to add extra detail to your application, which enhances your CV.

  • Make sure you stick to the word limit
  • Avoid unnecessary repetition of information in your CV
  • Organise it into paragraphs, perhaps even with sub-headings


  • Remember to alert your referees when you make an application. They might be asked to supply a reference for you at short notice, so it’s courteous to give them as much warning as possible.
  • Make sure that your referee is someone who knows you academically. For example, there is no point asking your Head of Dept for a reference if you’ve never spoken to them.


Mock interviews

Can be booked through the Careers Service

Technical interviews

  • Will require specific knowledge of the role you are applying for
  • Will require specific knowledge of the company/institution - do as much research as you can beforehand
  • May incorporate a test, or a synthesis task (e.g. look at these graphs and write an explanatory paragraph about them)
  • May be conducted with several other candidates

Competency-based interviews

  • Designed to test your 'soft' skills, e.g. time management, problem-solving ability, teamworking, etc.
  • Questions may start, 'give me an example of when...', or 'tell me about a time when...'
  • Use SAR: Situation (describe); Action (what did you do?); Result (how did it end?)
  • May ask about strengths, weaknesses and problem-soving skills
  • These are often one-on-one interviews