Earth Science Field Academy
The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of St Andrews would like to invite applicants to apply for one of two residential geology programmes in Scotland during the Summer Semester.
As the international home of geology, Scotland is the ideal natural laboratory in which to study geology. We offer two courses: ES1802 The Geological History of Scotland is designed for non-science majors and Junior science students, while students on our ES4801 Geology Field Camp in Scotland course are trained to become professional 21st century field geologists.
Geology Field Camp in Scotland
Geology Field Camp in Scotland
The School of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of St Andrews invites you to walk in the footsteps of geological giants and to study in the “birthplace of geology” at one of the oldest universities in the English-speaking world.
Herbert H Read famously said “…the best geologists are the ones who have seen the most rocks” (Read, 1940); we agree! Scotland’s geological diversity is a key factor in our School’s field training and because our campus is situated in the Midland Valley Terrane, and just one hour from the Highlands, travel time is minimised allowing more time “on the rocks”.
Why learn to map in Scotland at the University of St Andrews?
Scotland has more geological diversity per km2 than anywhere else on Earth. In this course you will study the world-famous Sites of Specific Scientific Interest that led to the discovery of geological time, modern structural geology and metamorphic zones. On completion of this course, you will have mapped and discussed world class geology, become a confident field-ready geologist, met new friends and encountered new cultural experiences along the way.
The School of Earth and Environmental Science is recognised internationally as a leader in geological field training, ranks No. 1 in Scotland in Earth Science education (2018 Complete University Guide) and No. 1 in the UK for Earth Science graduate prospects. Our students appreciate that the teaching staff are experienced, dedicated, friendly and research-active geoscientists.
What to Expect in Field Camp?
Geology Field Camp in Scotland is a challenging, intensive and highly rewarding programme that is conducted over five weeks of residential fieldwork. You will work on the Fife Coastline, classic Buchan and Barrovian metamorphism localities south of Aberdeen, picturesque settings around Loch Ness and across the NW highlands and also spend a full week exploring the Isle of Mull in the Hebrides.
The course will focus on geological mapping and field work techniques and integrate stratigraphic, lithological, structural and palaeontological concepts of traditional field geology. Students will become confident field geologists capable of conducting independent field work in complex geological terranes.
Field Camp Programme
Field training is led by our faculty who have decades of experience in geological fieldwork and the exploration industry worldwide. A total of 31 days will be spent conducting field work designed to build upon a series of short introductory workshops and lectures. During this time a staff to student ratio of 1:10 is maintained and all courses are led by members of faculty.
|Academic||Residence & Catering|
|Morning (0900-1200)||Evening (1400-1700)||Resident Town||Catering/Washing|
|1||Edinburgh/Glasgow Airport pickup @ 1500 (i.e. start of course)||St Andrews||DO, W|
|2||Orientation + Matriculation||Lect. Geology of Scotland||St Andrews||MYO B, L, DO, W|
|3||Fife Field Excursion||School Induction||St Andrews||MYO B, L, D, W|
|4||Ass. 1 – Stratigraphy||Ass. 1 – St Monans Logging||St Andrews||MYO B, L, D, W|
|5||Ass. 1 Berwick Logging||Hydrogeology||St Andrews||MYO B, L, D, W|
|6||Ass. 2 – Fife Coastline Mapping||St Andrews||MYO B, L, D, W|
|7||Ass. 2 – Fife Coastline Mapping||St Andrews||MYO B, L, D, W|
|8||Ass. 2 – Fife Coastline Mapping||St Andrews||MYO B, L, D, W|
|9||Ass. 2 – submit x-section + report||Prepare for Highlands||St Andrews||MYO B, L, D, W|
|10||Ass. 3 – Polyphase folding & the Grampian Orogen||Aberdeen||MYO B, L, D, W|
|11||Ass. 3 – Garron Point Mapping||Aberdeen||MYO B, L, D, W|
|12||Ass. 3 – Garron Point Mapping||Aberdeen||MYO B, L, D, W|
|13||Ass. 3 – Barrovian Metamorphism||Cullen||MYO B, L, D,|
|14||Ass. 3 – Portsoy – Buchan Metamorphism||Cullen||MYO B, L, D,|
|15||Ass. 3 – Portsoy – Buchan Metamorphism||Cullen||MYO B, L, D,|
|16||Neoproterozoic + Sauk Transgression stratigraphy||Durness||MYO B, L, D, W|
|17||Faraid Head + Knockan Craig (fold and thrust belts)||Durness||MYO B, L, D, W|
|18||Ass. 4 Fold & Thrust Belt Mapping||Durness||MYO B, L, D, W|
|19||Ass. 4 Fold & Thrust Belt Mapping||Durness||MYO B, L, D, W|
|20||Ass. 4 Fold & Thrust Belt Mapping||Durness||MYO B, L, D, W|
|21||Caledonian Foreland Mapping||Durness||MYO B, L, D, W|
|22||Archean and Proterozoic||Durness||MYO B, L, D, W|
|23||Tour 3.2 Billion Years of Earth History in 8 hours||Inverness||MYO B, L, D,|
|24||Metamorphic Petrology on Ardalanish Bay||Mull||MYO B, L, D,|
|25||Ass. 5 – Ross of Mull & Scotland’s Geological History||Mull||MYO B, L, D, W|
|26||Ass. 5 – Ross of Mull & Scotland’s Geological History||Mull||MYO B, L, D, W|
|27||Ass. 5 – Ross of Mull & Scotland’s Geological History||Mull||MYO B, L, D, W|
|28||Ass. 5 – Field Conference, Mull Island||Mull||MYO B, L, D, W|
|29||Ass. 5 – Field Conference, Mull Island||Mull||MYO B, L, D, W|
|30||Geological Tour of Mull||Geodynamic Synthesis||Mull||MYO B, L, D, W|
|31||Glencoe Volcanics||Glencoe||MYO B, L, D, W|
|32||Tyndrum Gold Mine||Glencoe||MYO B, L, D, W|
|33||Return to St Andrews||St Andrews||MYO B, L, DO|
|34||Edinburgh/Glasgow Airport Drop off at 0900 (i.e. end of course)||Halls of Res. B|
|MYO B, L, D = Make your own Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner out of food provided. DO = Dinner will be provided for you at a designated restaurant|
|W = clothes washing facilities available (talk to Camp Logistics Officer)|
*Subject to change due to weather conditions & tide times
Module Specifics & Requisites
Credits Awarded for ES4801
6 USA semester core science credits /24 Scottish credits over five weeks of study
- Enrolled as a geoscience major at a Higher Education institution
- 100 Scottish credits/24 USA credits in geoscience
- GPA 3.0 or above
Geology Field Camp in Scotland will run from June 5th to July 8th for the 2019 Summer Semester. Note that exact dates vary from year to year.
Cost of Five Week Field Camp
The cost for our 2019 field camp is £3,875 (GBP), this fee includes;
- Five weeks of tuition at the University of St Andrews, Scotland
- All accommodation and food for the duration of the course
- Accommodation on campus is provided in student halls of residence in the town of St Andrews Field
- Accommodation in the field is provided in youth hostels with internet, shower and full kitchen facilities
- All transport costs for the duration of the course
- All materials required for mapping projects
- Admittance to historic sites of interest and scheduled extracurricular activities
- Cost does not include travel expenses between home country and the University of St Andrews
Earth Science Summer Camp
This program introduces you to Earth Science and Scottish Geology over four weeks of residential study in Scotland, followed by one week of directed study. No prior knowledge of geology is required. As a resident student, you will be fully immersed in Scottish heritage and culture throughout your stay at the third oldest University in the English-speaking world.
What can you expect of this Field Skills Training course?
You will see some of the oldest rocks in the world, find your own fossils, discover why some ancient volcanoes go boom and others just pop, and learn how to identify different rocks and minerals and understand their economic application. The majority of the teaching involves hands-on laboratory classes or takes place in the great outdoors. Using Scotland as a case study, you will learn to appreciate Earth history and gain a deep understanding of the Earth’s composition, evolution and resources.
Field Excursions & the Scottish Highlands
Field work skills and geological knowledge are built up through 3 day trips to the fantastic coastal outcrops around St Andrews (only a stone’s throw away), the seaside villages on the Fife coast such as Pittenweem, and the world-renowned Siccar Point near Edinburgh. This prepares you for the 4-day excursion through the picturesque northwest Highlands of Scotland.
Experience Scottish culture & heritage
Scotland has a long and fascinating history and we encourage students to experience all that it has to offer. We organise several social events such as local ceilidhs and day excursions to the cultural heights of Edinburgh and ancient battlefields in the Highlands.
Summer Schools Terms & Conditions
For further information please contact;
Geology Field Camp in Scotland
School of Earth and Environmental Science
University of St Andrews
Tel: +44 (0)1334 463940
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