An online study programme
Northern England has an extraordinary diversity of landscapes and geological features, and Yorkshire, as the largest county, preserves a large proportion of them. From the rugged North York Moors and the limestone pavements of the Yorkshire Dales to the coalfields of South Yorkshire and the shifting coastlines of Holderness, it is in many respects a microcosm of the region. However, northern England is not just Yorkshire! This course also extensively examines the world-famous and spectacular geology of the Lake District, as well as touching upon other fascinating aspects of northern England, including the igneous legacy of Northumberland, the Carboniferous geology of the North East, Peak District and Lancashire and the Permo-Triassic desert environments of the North West and County Durham.
In the Postgraduate Diploma in the Geology of Yorkshire and northern England, students will obtain a regional geological understanding with which to interpret larger-scale Earth processes and structures. The programme will also provide students with training in advanced palaeoenvironmental analysis and science communication skills and will develop their research skills too. Students will also assess Yorkshire and northern England's importance to current controversies in Earth sciences, from fracking to climate change, examine human interactions with the region’s rocks and landscapes, from the Palaeolithic to the present day, and acquire an understanding of the region's vital role in the history of geology.
This is a part-time Postgraduate Diploma delivered wholly online in a fully supported learning environment. The programme starts in late September/early October each academic year, and places are limited to ensure a constructive atmosphere for discussions. Students can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate after successful completion of the first year if their circumstances change.
The programme will aim to:
This part-time two-year programme will comprise six 20-credit modules:
Students will be required to complete all these modules in the first instance, though additional modules may be added in the future to accommodate future programme growth and offer a broader learning experience.
It is anticipated that assessments will comprise a balance of short and long critical essays, laboratory-based projects and project work.
Full details of programme structures and the modules which comprise individual awards can be found at General Programme Information.
Our approach to e-learning is distinctive and may be different from your general perceptions about online study:
A key feature of our programme is the availability and quality of support that we offer through module tutors, pastoral support and a dedicated administrative and technical support team.
Important: Each year, at the start of the module, students will be required to attend a five-day residential course - attendance is compulsory as the residential programme comprises key content and contact hours. Each event is also an opportunity to meet your fellow students and staff, engage in discussion and share your knowledge of geology. Students are expected to meet the costs of their travel, accommodation and sustenance. The mandatory residential week for the first year is provisionally scheduled for the first week of term, which usually falls in the last week of September. The mandatory residential week for the second year is provisionally scheduled for the third week of term, which usually falls in the second week of October.
Additional optional residential weekends, which fall outside of the core curriculum, may also be arranged from time-to-time, and students will be given as much advance notice of these as possible. Students will also be encouraged to attend conferences, workshops and day field trips that are arranged by their local geology groups, as well as those within northern England, when possible.
The programme is aimed at anyone with an interest in geology.
Normally students will be expected to hold a Bachelor’s Degree in a related subject area. CLL will also favourably consider any student previously awarded a BA/BSc in any subject, and with evidence of recent HE level study.
As a Centre based upon the cornerstone of open access, CLL will also seek to ensure that those without the qualifications highlighted above, but with the obvious ability to succeed, have the opportunity to engage.
In such instances, the presentation of a critical essay in the field of geology may be requested and considered by the admissions panel; CLL reserves the right to ask any student for academic work to support their application.
Any student may be called to interview.
Students must have an IELTS score of 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in Writing (or equivalent). Details of the requirements for distance learning students can be found at English language requirements: distance learning 2017/18
The online postgraduate diploma in The Geology of Yorkshire and Northern England is priced in line with other University postgraduate programmes, details of which can be found at http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/.
For 2017/18, the cost of the first year will be £2,700; the second year will be the same cost again, plus an inflationary increase of 2% maximum in the second year in line with standard University tuition fees.
Students can spread the cost of their tuition fees, including by paying monthly in advance. More information can be found at Finance and financial support for distance learners.
If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at the University of York, you could be eligible for a 10% discount on your tuition fee. See more information about the York Graduate Loyalty Discount.
Yorkshire Philosophical Society Bursary
Lifelong Learning is currently collaborating with the Yorkshire Philosophical Society (YPS: http://www.ypsyork.org/) who are offering support to the programme, initially via a bursary of £100. The bursary will be awarded to students that require the qualification for professional reasons, rather than out of general interest, and it should be utilised for travel and other expenses to attend fieldtrips. In the first instance, interested parties should email email@example.com.
The PG Diploma tutor, Dr Annette McGrath, is also currently working with the YPS to develop relevant geological field trips that are specific to the requirements of the PG Diploma course participants and that are also of interest to YPS members. Dr McGrath will also discuss with the YPS whether other YPS geological field trips could be made available to course participants.
How to apply
You can apply for this course using our online application system.
If you've not already done so, please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.