Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Postgraduate Diploma in ‘The Geology of Northern England’

Postgraduate Diploma in ‘The Geology of Northern England’ 

From various sources has come the following intelligence:-


The Postgraduate Diploma in ‘The Geology of Northern England’ programme, from Dr Annette McGrath.

To find out more about the PG Dip programme, please:

·         Visit the website here

·         Attend our Virtual Open Day on the 4th of June

·         View our flyer (attached)

·         … or alternatively please feel free to directly respond to me, Amanda Pauw, Postgraduate Administrator at this email with any queries or to the Programme Leader, Dr Annette McGrath at


Dear Sir or Madam,

I hope this email finds you safe and well in these difficult and challenging times, and that you are managing to keep yourself suitably occupied and distracted.

On that note, I am writing to you now to raise awareness of the online Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in ‘The Geology of Northern England’, run by the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of York, as I feel that it will be of interest to you. This part-time, two-year innovative programme is run entirely by distance learning via a virtual learning environment, and enables like-minded people to meet and engage online in a safe, friendly and flexible environment. The PG Dip programme has been going from strength-to-strength since its inception in September 2015, and we are currently taking applicants for a September 2020 start.

From the spectacular igneous geology of the Lake District World Heritage Site and Northumberland National Park and AONB, to the fascinating sedimentary geology of the Yorkshire Jurassic ‘Dinosaur Coast’ and the mineral wealth of the Pennines…. the North of England has an incredible geological history, spanning almost 500 million years.

Concentrating mainly upon the geological evolution of northern England, you will analyse and interpret key geological features and concepts to integrate regional knowledge into the interpretation of larger scale Earth processes and structures. You will assess the region’s importance in current and historical Earth science controversies and study human interactions with the rocks and landscapes of northern England from the Stone Age to the present day.

Whilst your studies will focus on the geological history of northern England there are also countless opportunities to focus your own reading and research on to other areas of the UK (and the wider World) – and you will be able to learn more about your own home region too, if desired.

The PG Dip also covers other significant and topical aspects of geology that are not necessarily encountered in northern England: for example the fascinating North Atlantic Igneous Province (aka the British Tertiary Igneous Province); the sudden global warming and extinction event that resulted in the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM)… and much more.

The online format offers you the opportunity to study in your own home, at your own pace, whilst also being extensively supported by an experienced Lecturer. You will also have the opportunity to participate weekly (but to suit your own lifestyle and time constraints) in a lively, supportive and scholarly online community. The programme also includes a mandatory residential week* at the beginning of each year, which provides an opportunity to meet the Lecturer, network with fellow students, engage in class-based study activities and spend time out in the field, examining Yorkshire’s geology up close. (* Please note that the face-to-face element of the residential week course is subject to the Covid-19 restrictions at the time, and will be in line with wider government and university advice and policies).

The PG Dip programme offers graduates a strong foundation for any kind of vocational or geological/non-geological career path. On completion of the programme, graduates are well-prepared for geological careers within research, academia, teaching, museums, archives, government organisations or research councils. Graduates are also well-equipped to pursue employment within industry, such as the oil, gas and petroleum sector, natural hazards, the groundwater and hydrogeology industry, environmental geology and contaminated land, mining, quarrying, engineering geology and construction companies.

Should your circumstances change, you can end your studies after one year and graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate. You're also able to carry credits on to a Masters course at the Open University if you wish to take your studies further.

The programme starts in late September, concurrent with each new academic year – places are limited to ensure a constructive atmosphere for discussions.

So apply now to uncover the extraordinarily diverse landscapes and geological history of northern England!

Best Wishes – and stay safe.



Dr Annette McGrath

BSc Hons, ARSM, MSc, PhD

Associate Lecturer and Programme Leader Postgraduate Diploma in ‘The Geology of Northern England’

Honorary Research Fellow University of Leicester:

Geology Tutor Higham Hall Adult Education College:

Email:     Twitter: @AnnetteMcGrath7 

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