Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geology

MQF Level 6

Bachelor of Science (Honours)


TBC 2024
Price  (Local/EU)
Part-Time: 46 months
Full-Time: 30 months
ECTS Credits
180 ECTS
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Course Description

The overall Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geology is a Level 6 qualification of 180 ECTS that develops competences that are extremely important for professionals who aspire to careers in the construction industry (rock excavation and geomaterials quality control), resource extraction (quarrying, mining and oil and gas) and the environment (geohazards and ground remediation).

In the first year, students will obtain a solid foundation in Geology, its underlying principles and scientific approach, the sedimentology of the carbonate and siliciclastic realms and the formation of natural features by geomorphological processes and tectonics. In addition, students will develop skills in geological mapping, geotechnical laboratory practice and report writing and will also cover the economic aspects of rock (Industrial Rocks and Minerals and Critical Mineral Resources) and their use in the construction industry (Geomaterials).

The second-year builds on the knowledge of the first year and delves deeper into methods of remote data acquisition (Geophysical methods and satellite/drone technology), rock materials (Clays, Igneous geology) and applications of geology (Hydrogeology, Basin Analysis).

The final year consolidates on the first two years of the programme and focuses on specialisations including Engineering Geology, that the student may want to take in the construction industry, environmental planning, or extractive industries.

This course was prepared in collaboration with the Malta Chamber of Geologists, to learn more about the Malta Chamber of Geologists, please visit their website at

Entry Requirements

Candidates who apply for this course must possess:

  •  a related qualification at MQF Level 4


  • one ‘A’ Level or equivalent in a Science subject and a pass in English Language* and Mathematics at MQF Level 3 (‘O’ Level or equivalent)
  • In the case of students who do not possess all the formal required academic qualifications, then the RPL process could be applied such that if evidence of equivalent learning and/or professional experience are found then the applicant could still be accepted in the course. Such RPL process will subject applicants to an interview held with a board of experts within the field, chosen specifically by IDEA Academy, so as to verify their experiences and prior learning.

*Students whose first language is not English and do not possess an ‘O’ level pass in English Language will be required to demonstrate English language capability at IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent.

For students lacking the necessary academic qualifications, the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process may apply. If equivalent learning evidence is found, the applicant could be accepted into the course.

Target Audience

This program caters to individuals interested in enhancing their academic and professional understanding of Geology and Earth Sciences.

This program targets individuals who:

  • Would like to advance their academic and professional knowledge of Geology and Earth Sciences.
  • Would like to advance their academic and professional knowledge of rocks, namely, classification, testing, and use in industry.
  • Work in the construction and quarrying industry.
  • Are seeking to pursue a career in Geology and Earth Sciences.
  • Work in geotechnical laboratories seeking to advance their knowledge and position.

Career Paths

The potential positions for which this programme aims to prepare could be and are not limited to:

  • Professional Geologist
  • Geological technician
  • Manager of geotechnical laboratory
  • Consultancy
  • Court Expert
  • Environmental auditor and Environmental Impact Assessment expert

How you’ll be assessed

The programme comprises a total of 16 modules.

The course comprises:

  •  Lectures per module depending on the number of ECTS (twice a week);
  • 3-hour lectures;
  • 12 hours of guided learning, presentations, comprising synchronous online discussions, tutorials and/or videos;
  • Self-study hours comprising research, reading and assignment work.




Overall assessment of this programme consists of two main components:

1. Modular Assessment carries 90% of the final grade. 2. The Dissertation carries 10% of the final grade.

Modular Assessment

The modular score achieved at the end of the study programme modules is calculated by summing up and working an average of the overall grades obtained in all of the study modules. The final grade achieved by the modular component of the programme is calculated by working out 90% of the modular score obtained for the study modules. Overall assessment weighting for each module consists of: Each module consists of two assessment tasks, each carrying a weighting as below:

a) Assessment 1 carries 20% of total module mark achieved. b) Assessment 2 carries 80% of total module mark achieved.

Dissertation Assessment

Assessment of dissertations is primarily based on:

  • Depth of critical understanding of the theoretical framework;
  • Application of appropriate research tools;
  • Critical approach to analysis, interpretation and evaluation of research findings;
  • Depth and level of argumentation build-up;
  • Original contribution to the generation of new knowledge/hypothesis/models;
  • Scholarly presentation meeting academic standards.

Course Intake Dates

TBC 2024

Additional Info

Reading for the entire Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geology as presented in this brochure costs €9,000.*

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible for a 70% refund of the cost through the ‘Get Qualified’ scheme.**

Due to the modular structure of the course, you may also opt to take individual modules as stand-alone. The entry requirements still apply.***

*Prices are applicable to students who reside in Malta at the time of applying.

Learning Outcomes

For Knowledge:

The learner will be able to:

  • Gain a solid foundation with regards to the introductory concepts in geology (Module 1)
  • Outline the basic concepts and principles in Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (Module 2)
  • Identify and classify types of rocks used within the construction industry (Module 3)
  • Acquire appropriate knowledge with regards to geological mapping principles, laboratory techniques, and reporting of field observations (Module 4)
  • Explain deformation processes (Module 5)
  • Describe the processes, form, and sediments of landforms at the surface of the Earth (Module 6)
  • Review the challenges facing society today such as climate change, desertification, pollution, and water quality (Module 6)
  • Examine and discuss the techniques used to collect data about the Earth from the sky and from the surface (Module 7)
  • Critically discuss the dynamic nature of our planet and its evolution (Module 8).
  • Outline and navigate the different types of basins produced in various tectonic scenarios and their basin-fill patterns (Module 9)
  • Describe the origins of igneous and metamorphic rocks (Module 10)
  • Outline the principles of physical hydrogeology (Module 11).
  • Critically discuss how different research methods can be applied to the field of geology (Module 12)
  • Outline and appraise the different rock and soil models commonly used in geotechnical assessment (Module 13)
  • Analyse the impact of life on the oceans, atmosphere, and climate of Earth (Module 14)
  • List and review the different approaches to the application of sequence stratigraphy to carbonate sediments (Module 15)

Students will meet one of the following Knowledge learning outcomes:

  • Analyse the geological factors affecting the planning process in Malta and other countries (Module 16) OR
  • Highlight and evaluate the key issues of the gas and petroleum industry and the mining and quarrying industry (Module 17)

For Skills:

The learner will be able to:

  • Apply appropriate knowledge of basic principles and doctrines in geology (Module 1)
  • Assess and classify sediments (Module 2)
  • Apply adequate knowledge regarding the classification, genesis, and exploitation of major ore deposits (Module 3)
  • Develop field and laboratory skills in relation to geology (Module 4)
  • Apply the required tools and techniques of structural geology (Module 5)
  • Transfer lecture-based knowledge to the surrounding physical environment and describe the geomorphologic processes (Module 6)
  • Evaluate seismic events and analyse seismic data (Module 7). · Make use of geophysical methods in the field (Module 7)
  • Acquire field-based skills for making geological observations (Module 8)
  • Apply the concepts learned from basin analysis to the evolution of the Mediterranean basins (Module 9)
  • Rigorously apply knowledge of geochemical processes and their role in shaping the Earth (Module 10)
  • Demonstrate the application of the principles of physical hydrogeology to groundwater resources management (Module 11)
  • Criticise existing literature pertaining to field of research and formulate appropriate research questions (Module 12)
  • Critically appraise geological laboratory reports and geotechnical reports (Module 13)
  • Prepare rock mass assessment (RQD, etc.) (Module 13)
  • Carry out palaeontolgical surveys and extraction of fossils (Module 14)
  • Conduct field logging of carbonate sediments (Module 15)

Students will meet one of the following Skills learning outcomes:

  • Prepare an EIA report concerning geological assessment (Module 16) OR
  • Write up reports on mineral resources assessment (Module 17).
  • Produce a bachelor’s dissertation on a specific geology topic showcasing appropriate research skills acquired throughout the programme.
  • Follow health and safety regulations when conducting fieldwork tasks.
  • Conduct proper risk assessment prior to conducting fieldwork.
  • Demonstrate good writing skills when in lab reports (Communication skills)
  • Communicate ideas, problems, solutions, work, and findings effectively, verbally or in writing, to peers, lecturers, and specialist and non-specialist audiences (Communication skills)
  • Make use of digital logging software (Digital skills)
  • Navigate through the online learning platform to find assignments, discussion boards, literature, tutorials etc. (Digital skills)


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