University College London

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UCL Earth Sciences is one of the oldest and largest centres for earth and planetary sciences in the UK, situated in Bloomsbury in the heart of London and within minutes from the British Museum, the British Library and the Royal Institution. The Times Good University Guide described London as "one of the most exciting cities in the world - the ideal place to be a student".

UCL Earth Sciences enjoys world-class facilities:

• hosts the UK’s only NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility
• students use the University of London Observatory in North London
• hosts the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM)
• hosts the Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Centre, Europe's leading multidisciplinary academic hazard centre
• accommodates the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, which leads multidisciplinary research, knowledge exchange and advanced teaching in risk and disaster reduction across all UCL departments
• world-leading research groups
• major thermochronometry (fission-track and U-Th/He) laboratories
• extensive collaboration with the Royal Institution & Natural History Museum
• houses the Geology Collection, supporting undergraduate teaching and open to the public

UCL Earth Sciences provides a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programmes:

• quality-assured teaching and research - government HEFCE assessors rate teaching as excellent
• extensive use of small-group teaching and lots of interaction with higher years
• over 72% of students graduate with first and upper-second class degrees
• own student-run social club, the Greenough Society, organises field trips, lectures, summer and halloween balls, paintballing.....

Research School of Earth Sciences: At graduate and research level the Department is linked with that of Birkbeck College, to form the Research School of Earth Sciences at UCL-Birkbeck. The Research School is one of the largest centres in earth sciences in the UK.