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Become a student member


Student membership

Joining the Geological Society as a student member is the ideal first step towards becoming a professionally qualified Earth scientist. Apply online to join us.

Access to resources and publications

  • Free online access to over 500 books and selected content in the Lyell Collection
  • Access to our extensive library services
  • Up to 50% discount on books and special publications
  • Free online access to one GSL journal option and discounted rates to open access publishing journals
  • Access to Geofacets GSL Millennium Edition, our map based research tool
  • Free quarterly Geoscientist magazine
  • Access to Burlington House in London – ideal for meetings, work and study
  • Free online access to GSL events

Connect with a network of Earth scientists

  • Free membership to one of our Regional Groups and Specialist Groups
  • Enjoy a wide and varied events calendar with discounted rates for members

Third party discounts

  • 15% discount off Cotswold Outdoor

Read more about benefits

Student Membership

Usually for those between the age of 16-18, studying for A-levels or equivalent or those studying an undergraduate course in Earth science or a related subject.

If you have a keen interest in geology and can provide satisfactory evidence of your intent to go on and take a degree in geology or a related subject, or you are already studying an undergraduate course in Earth science or a related subject, you can apply for Student Membership.

You can remain a Student member for up to one year after graduation.

Postgraduate students MSc and PhD

As a postgraduate student you are eligible to become a Fellow of the Geological Society at a discounted rate – visit the Fellowship page to learn more about the benefits of becoming a Fellow.

To receive the discounted rate, register via MyGSL, and on the Fellowship application form 'Education and experience' section, choose 'Are you in full time education? = No', then choose the option 'MSc or Equivalent' or 'PhD' from the 'Level of qualification*' dropdown list. 

Student Fellowship fees   
Student membership

for students in upper secondary and undergraduate level education

£15 per year

for postgraduate students

£45 per year

Membership applications are usually processed within two weeks, following which email confirmation is sent to the applicant. All members must be elected by Council, which meets five times during the year. However, you may access member benefits from the date the application is processed.

The following table list closing dates for applications to be received and processed, and the corresponding election dates:

Closing date for applications to be received Election date
06 March 2022 06 April 2022
22 May 2022 22 June 2022
21 July 2022 21 September 2022
23 August 2022 23 November 2022
01 January 2023 01 February 2023

If you have successfully completed your course and graduated, you are eligible to upgrade your membership.

Log in to your MyGSL account and upgrade via the 'Upgrade' panel on the MyGSL homepage.

We will send you an email confirming your eligibility for upgrade.

Apply online