Birkbeck, University of London: Planetary Sciences

InstitutionBirkbeck, University of London View institution profile
Department Earth and Planetary Sciences
Web http://www.bbk.ac.uk/
Telephone 0203 907 0700
Study type Taught

Summary

This is a very exciting time for planetary science, with new data being returned by spacecraft from planets within our own solar system and thousands of planets now being discovered orbiting other stars. There is also growing scientific interest in the likelihood of life elsewhere in the universe.

If you have an undergraduate degree in earth sciences, geology or a related field but want to increase your knowledge of planetary sciences, then our Graduate Certificate in Planetary Sciences will bring you up to date with developments in the field. The specialist knowledge you acquire could help you change career, build a career within the field of planetary sciences or education or enable you to progress onto graduate research at PhD level.

You will be taught by academics who are actively engaged in cutting-edge planetary research that is expanding the boundaries of knowledge. We cover planetary surfaces and remote sensing, volcanic activity on Earth and other planets, the nature of comets, asteroids and meteorites, and the internal structure and origin of planets. We also offer advanced modules in astronomy, scientific computing and the design of, and participation in, an analogue field mission. You can choose from a range of modules and design a programme that matches, expands and deepens your particular interests.

Our teaching philosophy is based around flexibility, allowing you to fit the certificate around your lifestyle. We embrace new technology and methods to make learning accessible to all and have been running remote as well as face-to-face lectures for more than 20 years. This means you can attend classes with our internationally distinguished researchers in our world-class laboratories in London or you can watch live streams/recorded lectures at home using our cutting-edge online teaching platform. You are free to mix both these methods to find the best balance for you. This includes the option to study 100% online from anywhere in the world and receive a University of London qualification.

While not compulsory, there are opportunities to participate in residential field trips. On the Graduate Certificate you will have the chance to join final-year undergraduate students in Morocco or the Canary Islands.

This is an undergraduate-level qualification that will prepare you for postgraduate study. Graduate Certificates/Diplomas typically take one to two years to complete and are made up of two, three or four modules at final-year undergraduate degree level.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Can be used as a qualifying course for PhD study.

  • We offer you flexible teaching methods, balancing face-to-face and online learning.

  • Exciting fieldtrip opportunities to famous geological sites in Morocco and Spain.

  • We are part of the joint UCL-Birkbeck Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences (IEPS) meaning we share laboratories, expertise and events, all open to students for research projects. Find out more about our research facilities.

  • In our joint submission with UCL, we were rated sixth in the UK for Earth Systems and Environmental Science research in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF).

  • Our Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences has been offering evening study courses for over 70 years and distance learning for more than 20 years.

Graduate Certificate

Birkbeck, University of London

 

 

Introduction
Birkbeck, part of the University of London, offers nearly 300 taught and research postgraduate programmes across arts and humanities, business and economics, law, science and social science. As an evening teaching specialist, Birkbeck offers its taught postgraduate courses between 6-9pm, with some courses available through distance learning. As with undergraduate courses, postgraduates can study full-time or part-time.

Home to 44 research and specialist institutes, Birkbeck is the sixth largest provider of taught postgrad courses for UK and EU students - some 44% of its 11,000-plus students are on postgrad programmes. Around 90% of its academics …

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