Students on a field trip

Key facts

Total expected intake

80 (2021 entry)

Applications : Admissions ratio

3 : 1 (based on 2019 entry data)

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

1st in the UK

About the Department

Studying Geology and Geophysics at Imperial means joining a small and close-knit Department. We’re based within the Royal School of Mines, which has its own Students’ Union, providing many opportunities for our students to meet people from all years.

The historic building also houses a range of state-of-the-art facilities including analytical and imaging facilities and our Rock Library, a leading international online database of rocks and minerals.

Our location in South Kensington also gives us easy access to one of the finest fossil and mineral collections in the world at the neighbouring Natural History Museum. Museum staff, who are world experts in geochemistry, mineralogy, planetary science, mineral resources and palaeontology, also contribute to our teaching.


Three-year courses (180 ECTS):

Four-year courses (240 ECTS):

You should apply to only one course within the department as there is no benefit to applying to multiple degrees. There is detailled information on transfers between courses on each of the pages above, and generally you can transfer to another course within the department up to the start of spring term in the first year.

If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your Tier 4 visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.