Course Overview

The Diploma in Scientific Studies (Geology) provides an introduction to the science of geology for people with a general interest in the natural environment. It explores key questions such as:

  • How did the Earth and the landscape form?
  • What is a geological hazard?
  • What are geological materials and how are they exploited?
  • What effect does that have on the environment?

The programme aims to provide students with a broad introduction to the study of the Earth and hands-on practical experience of the techniques employed within the fields of geology. The principles of geology are covered using case studies and physical materials from around the world and the course includes field trips to see in-situ geology in an Irish context.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

All modules in the Diploma are individually assessed. Assessment is by examination (written and practical) at the end of each semester and by continuous assessment.

This is a two-year, part-time programme. Classes are held one evening per week (Thursdays).

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in Geology. Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum matriculation requirements as outlined in the FAQs section.

Additional Requirements

Duration

2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

20

Closing Date

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

7

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

30

Award

Diploma in Scientific Studies (Geology)

CAO

PAC code

Course Outline

The programme consists of lectures and practical exercises concerning the structure of the Earth from the atomic to the planetary level, internal and external Earth processes and materials, and the interaction between people and the planet they inhabit. The programme includes the following topics:

  • Planet Earth
  • Structural Geology and Geological Maps
  • Building Blocks of the Earth
  • Crystallography, Mineralogy and Microscopy
  • Irish Geology
  • Virtual Geology Tours
  • Evolution of the Earth
  • Palaeontology
  • Economic Geology
  • Earth's Physical Resources
  • The Human Perspective
  • Hazards and the Environment

There are also two field trips available per semester, usually from a half day to one day in duration. They are are all located in Ireland, in counties Mayo, Galway, Clare and sometimes further afield (e.g. Antrim, Kerry or Waterford) and they are designed to complement the course material.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The course is open to everyone and is designed for people with no previous training in geology. It is suitable for all people with a general interest in the natural environment and those who appreciate the outdoors; it is also suitable for those with or without a general scientific background. A number of previous students have since gone on to study Earth & Ocean Sciences as a degree course in NUI Galway, while others use their learning in their own professional work.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€970 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€1,470 p.a. 2016/17
A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: Job-seekers Benefit, Job-seekers Allowance, One-parent family allowance, Disability allowance, Community Employment Scheme or signing for social insurance contribution credits. Please download the 2016_2017 Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Dr. Sadhbh Baxter
Dept. of Earth & Ocean Sciences
NUI Galway
Tel: 091 495962
Email: sadhbh.baxter@nuigalway.ie


What Our Students Say

Paula

Paula Gleeson |   Past Student

As a mature student, I enrolled in the Adult and Continuing Education diploma course in Geology, and I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The lectures are interesting and stimulating, and the friendly staff couldn’t be more helpful. The course has opened up a whole new understanding of earth dynamics and geological time., and, within the class–a group of like-minded people-the common bonds of mutual interest have created new, lasting friendships. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who has a questioning mind about earth science.
Brendan

Brendan Arrigan |   Past Student

From a young age I have had an enquiring mind and a fascination for the natural world around me, and so it was wonderful to find the Adult and Continuing Education Geology Diploma Course at NUIG. I cannot praise this course highly enough. There is one 3 hour class per week with an interesting lecture and a short project. The course takes place over two years and is structured to cover all of the usual Geology modules. The lectures are given in a leisurely and enjoyable manner and any questions are answered. Each year there are Field Trips and among other places we travelled to the Mourne Mountains and North Mayo with our inspiring lecturer, seeing the geological formations first hand. From a personal and professional viewpoint I found the course stimulating, enlightening and rewarding, and for those who complete the two years there is a Diploma and 30 ECTS credits. More courses of this type are needed and I urge everyone with a passing interest to attend.