Distinctive features of this programme include:
a) School of Chemistry
Being provided with a broad base of chemical knowledge and understanding reinforced by extensive practical experience and familiarity with modern laboratory, instrumental and computational techniques. You will obtain the necessary skills and experience for a career in Chemistry, whether in industry, education or research. In addition, you will get a high-level general intellectual and scientific training, which allows many of our graduates to enter challenging careers in areas not directly related to chemistry.
b) School of Geography and Geosciences
(a) an area of study that encompasses all aspects of Earth science, and emphasises the long-term behaviour of the Earth over geological timescales; (b) a blending of the theory and techniques of geology, geophysics and geochemistry to understand the nature, rates and durations of Earth's surface, near-surface and internal processes, and also their interactions with the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere; (c) a rigorous training in the techniques, approaches and methods across the range of geological and physical Earth sciences, with a particular emphasis on field and laboratory skills; (d) a degree that takes full advantage of the superb geological setting of Scotland for training and the development of knowledge; and (e) a degree that prepares students for immediate entry to geoscience professions. Students can expect to have the opportunity to engage with a number of specialist topics including for example, geological field mapping; igneous and metamorphic petrology; tectonics and geodynamics; geological processes and landscape evolution; a geological traverse of the Italian-Swiss Alps; and applications of Geographical Information Systems.
Joint honours students take a smaller number of core and option modules than either single honours or major students, and undertake a shorter dissertation.