Surface Processes 

MQF Level 6


Surface Processes

Module Type
ECTS Credits
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Module Description

The module introduces learners to landforms, their processes, form, and sediments at the surface of the Earth. This includes knowledge of modern landscape processes, how insights from the modern world allow us to interpret the rock record (and vice-versa). The learner will also investigate key contemporary processes and the challenges facing society today by studying topics like climate change, desertification, pollution, and water quality.  

The module examines the nature of and controls of geomorphological processes in different environments and the technology for measuring. It reviews fundamental controls on landscape systems and processes, using new and ‘classic’ research. These are discussed in both simple qualitative frameworks, but also using quantitative modelling approaches where numerical expressions are introduced. These are also applied to a range of geomorphic environments based on the developing research interests of staff. 

Studying both the past and present will enable you to reflect upon and tackle many of the environmental challenges facing the planet. 



Target Audience

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


Persons seeking to or working in:

  • advance their academic and professional knowledge of Geology and Earth Sciences;
  • advance their academic and professional knowledge of rocks, namely, classification, testing, and use in industry;
  • the construction and quarrying industry;
  • pursue a career in Geology and Earth Sciences;
  • 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 8 modules. The method of assessment is assignment-based.

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;
  • Assessment may consist of field work carried out in specific location/s in the Maltese Island;
  • Self-study hours comprising research, reading and assignment work.




The programme includes different forms of assessment which allow for and promote students’ critical engagement. The formative and summative assessment tasks may include an in-class assignment and/or a home-based written assignment using diverse assessment tools which may take the form of online and in-class discussions, examinations, case studies, reports, proposals, essays, and presentations, etc., as applicable to the diverse modules.

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