Geoscience course outline

The Greene’s Geoscience Diploma programme is a two-year course that starts at the beginning of September each academic year.  It is modular, with a programme of ongoing assessment, and is offered at Greene’s in Oxford (U.K.) and Estoril (Portugal).  Students can also interchange between locations – for example, spending the first year in Oxford and the second year in Estoril.

A wide range of topics are covered:

Greene’s Geoscience Diploma

Year 1 (3 compulsory modules and 1 independent video documentary research project)

Organisms in Context
Earth processes, rocks and mineral formation
Science and the environment

Year 2 (2 compulsory modules, 1 written independent research project & 2 optional modules)

Fossils and environments
Practical techniques & data analysis

Independent research project

Geopolitics of energy & governance
Mineral structure and chemistry


Fieldwork in the U.K., Azores (Portugal) and Oman is organised through Greene’s Tutorial Colleges in Oxford (U.K.), Lisbon (Portugal) and Muscat (Oman).

Faculty leaders

Course Director: Dr. Alexander Mitlehner, Ph.D. (London), M.Sc. (London), B.A. (London), PGCE

Faculty leader in Geoscience Environmental Chemistry: Dr. Rowena Fletcher-Wood, M.Chem. (Oxon.), Ph.D. (Birm.)

Faculty leader in Geoscience Biology: Dr. Saif Bham, D.Phil. (Oxon.), B.Sc. (Manchester)

Faculty leader in Geoscience Physics and Mathematics: Anne Curtis,  M.A. (Cantab.) PGCE (Cantab.)

Teaching method

Teaching takes the form of a combination of online and face-to-face individual and small group tutorials, seminars and workshops.  In addition, to enable you to observe geological phenomena at first hand and to collect data for analysis and interpretation, the course includes both practical sessions and field trips.

Assessment objectives, learning outcomes and classification

There are 10 assessment criteria which form the basis of student assessment, both formal and informal, during the course.  Each criterion is subdivided into five different learning outcomes or levels of competency on which each student is assessed and from which the final classification of the Diploma is calculated.

Geoscience Diploma - Assessment Criteria

C1: Understanding ProcessesC6: Practical skills
C2: Application of KnowledgeC7: Data analysis
C3: Scientific writingC8: Critical scientific reading
C4: Presentation skillsC9: Independent learning
C5: Fieldwork SkillsC10: Passion and flair

Geoscience Diploma - Final Classification

above 80%
60%- 69%
below 50%
undergraduate level
A* or high A grade (A level equivalent)Low A or high B grade (A level equivalent)Low B or C grade
(A level equivalent)
Below C grade (A level


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