Igneous Petrology

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Igneous Petrology

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    The module begins with an introduction to magma sources and the variability of igneous rocks compositions.
    This is followed by a discussion of the processes involved in generating and modifying magmas, including
    partial melting, fractional crystallization, assimilation, mixing and mingling. Techniques used for chemical
    and isotopic analysis are introduced and the utility of trace elements and radiogenic isotopes in igneous
    petrology is explained. Magma sources and petrogenetic processes are then discussed in a plate tectonic
    context. Practical classes amplify the concepts raised in the lectures using graphical plotting and
    calculations and use thin section petrography to make links between texture and magmatic processes,
    especially crystallization.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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