Dr Andrew Walker

Welcome to the BSc/MGeophys Geophysical Sciences programme.

Welcome. I’m Andrew Walker, the programme leader for the BSc Geophysical Sciences programme. My role as programme leader is varied. I’m responsible for the design and development of the course to ensure that it offers a coherent set of modules and a large part of this involves actively seeking feedback from you as students on the course. I’ll meet with you at the beginning and end of the year to talk to you about this. Another part of my role is to provide guidance to you about the programme and the modules you want to take, as well as any other programme related queries you may have. Your personal tutors can also help you with this.

We live on a complex and fascinating planet. Students on the undergraduate geophysics programmes will learn how to use the principles of physics to understand and explore that planet. If we consider the field of seismology, we find that you will be taught by lecturers who are engaged in research on how seismology can be used to monitor volcanic activity, evaluate oil reservoirs, study glacier dynamics and determine the composition and structure of the Earth’s deep interior. During your studies you will learn the fundamental skills of a wide range of geophysical measurement techniques and the theory needed to analyse and interpret your data. In your final year project, you will have the opportunity to design and carry out original research in the area of geophysics that interests you most.

Your course includes practical work e.g. computer modelling techniques and laboratory work, and there is plenty of fieldwork including day trips – so check out the fieldtrip pages to see where other students have been and also what kit you will need.

To help you prepare for your studies on this page you will find links to the programme catalogue and a reading list to help you familiarise yourself with some of the course texts.

I look forward to meeting you in person soon.