Study Level

Level 6

Study Time

12 months


BSc Hons Degree

BSc in Jewellery & Gemmology Studies

Birmingham City University, in association with Gem-A, are offering a new ‘top-up’ degree, allowing students to gain a world-respected scientific qualification. This one-year top-up degree is available to students who have passed their Gemmology Diploma and Diamond Diploma and are also Gem-A members. 

You will not only gain the highest level of professionally-recognised gemmological skills, but will also gain a sound working knowledge of all relevant aspects of the jewellery trade.

Building on your knowledge learnt during the Gemmology Diploma, you will:

The theory of crystallography, symmetry and tensor properties of crystals and their application within gemmology
Chemical analysis techniques and their use in gemmology
Advanced spectroscopy techniques, and analysis and interpretation of results
To collect fluorescence spectra and analyse and interpret results
Geological processes such as tectonic plate movements, and the formation of different rock types
Petrology of igneous and metamorphic rocks to the evolution of gem-bearing pegmatites
Theoretical and practical applications of spectroscopic techniques used within gemmology, including the use of UV-VIS and FTIR spectroscopy instruments, and the interpretation of data collected.
Advanced gem testing techniques to enable the selection of appropriate methodologies to identify a range of unknown samples, including understanding and implementing the theory of fluorescence
To apply the theory and practice of interpreting test results and analytical data to develop an understanding of precision and accuracy
To select appropriate analytical methods to test unknown diamond samples to determine the nature of sample materials, and research the literature to find suitable research/resources to interpret and validate the experimental findings
How to write a technically proficient valuation description.
How to research a range of prices and values for gemstones, jewellery components and complete jewellery items
To describe the processes for prospecting for new gem-bearing deposits, and evaluation of potential extraction methods
To apply the theory and practice of interpreting analytical data to develop an understanding of precision and accuracy
To prepare and deliver professional presentations
To prepare a technical report suitable to present to a commercial client
To write an academically rigorous research project
To work as an effective member of a team in order to deliver a group project.

As part of the Degree course, you will be expected to complete the following Modules:

Advanced Gemmology (15 Credits)
Advanced Gemmology 2 (15 Credits)
Advanced Diamonds (30 Credits)
Geology of Gemstones (15 Credits)
Valuation & Appraisal Theory (30 Credits)
Research Project (15 Credits)

Online assessments, reviews, projects and written exams (a breakdown of each module assessment method is available upon request)

Successful completion of Gem-A’s Gemmology Diploma and Diamond Diploma courses. Must be a Paid-up Member of Gem-A. Language requirements: Basic English qualification, e.g. IELTS (Level 6) or TOEFL (score of 87-109).


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BSc in Gemmology & Jewellery Studies


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