Mount Etna, Sicily
Visit Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna, and study the complex processes that take place both on the surface and beneath volcanoes.
During this intensive week-long field course, you will explore a number of the physical volcanic processes that take place, including lava flow emplacement, explosive events and the evolution of a basaltic volcano. In addition, you will evaluate methods of managing volcanic hazards on heavily populated active volcanoes.
Dr Mike James, who leads the trip, says “Through spending time on a large active volcano, students can develop a first-hand appreciation of the real magnitude of volcanic processes. Whilst walking over recent deposits such as lava flows, we study how they were formed, linking the surface and sub-surface processes involved and considering the interactions between hazards, infrastructure and communities.”
If you opt to take Study Abroad year, modules and field courses available for year 2 will be chosen from your host university. The fieldwork options available are subject to pre-requisites.
Available on the following degrees
Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Earth and Environmental Science BSc Hons: FF68
- Earth and Environmental Science MSci Hons: 4R71
- Earth and Environmental Science (Placement Year) BSc Hons: FF78
- Earth and Environmental Science (Study Abroad) BSc Hons: FF7V
- Geography BA Hons: L700
- Geography BSc Hons: F800
- Geography MArts Hons: L702
- Geography MSci Hons: 4R61
- Geography (Placement Year) BA Hons: L704
- Geography (Placement Year) BSc Hons: F803
- Geography (Professional Experience): MSci Hons: 4R60
- Geography (Study Abroad) BA Hons: L705
- Geography (Study Abroad) BSc Hons: F804
- Geography (Study Abroad) MArts Hons: L703
- Geography (Study Abroad) MSci Hons: 4R62
Please note that the capacity of residential field courses is limited and that there may be a selection process for these modules, so you may not be guaranteed a place on all modules.