Earth Sciences MEarthSci

F640 (4 years) 

If you are interested in an academic research career then this four year, integrated undergraduate Masters degree, may be for you. This course lets you study either geology, environmental and resource geology or geochemistry pathways during the early years of the course before you specialise with an in-depth research topic. You can also choose to specialise in Geology with Planetary Science.

We place a strong emphasis on practical skills and project work; around two-thirds of your assessment in Years 3 and 4 will be based on independent research and projects.

This MEarthSci is an excellent foundation for a PhD or a launch to a career in industrial research and consultancy. Many graduates have found employment in the mining, oil and gas, water and environmental industries.

The course is accredited by the Geological Society of London. It follows the BSc course for the first three years and includes a full programme of fieldwork and practical classes. You will be able to transfer to this course from any other geoscience course within the first two years of study, provided you have good grades.

Years 1-4

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
  • You will learn about the field of earth sciences, so that you are aware of the scope of the subject and its role in the exploitation and conservation of resources. We will introduce you to the laboratory and field skills necessary to take you through your degree.  We will provide you with a firm basis in quantitative science and introduce you to the range of IT facilities available here. If you are on the Planetary Science pathway then you can take modules in the Schools of Maths and Physics. 

    Field courses to: Castleton and Devon

    What topics will course units in Year 1 cover?
  • You will continue to develop your earth science skills and begin to decide on your subject preferences and specialisms. You will also choose a 'pathway' of either geology, geochemistry, environmental and resource geology or geology with planetary science. This year you will take courses in sedimentology, structural geology and global tectonics and geophysical techniques as well as a subject related to your pathway.

    What topics will course units in Year 2 cover?
  • The aim of this year is to build upon the broad foundation of Year 2. We take your understanding of the core aspects of earth sciences to a much more advanced level. Core units will depend on your pathway, but at the same time the course will allow you to choose various options.

    We will also help you develop your critical faculties and improve your presentation skills in order to enhance your opportunities in employment or further study.

    Field courses, depending on pathway, to: Northern SpainTenerife or the Ries Crater, Germany

    What topics will course units in Year 3 cover?
  • During this year you will have the opportunity to interact directly with a research scientist within the school, both through your own project work and also through attending research seminars.  You will also be able to choose course units to study at a postgraduate level, often learning alongside MSc and PhD students.  By the end of this year you will have undertaken a research project demonstrating your ability to work independently. This provides an opportunity to work with state of the art equipment undertaking research which often contributes to publication in international journals.

    The research skills and independence you develop during this year are highly valued by employers, whether you continue into a research career or find employment in the geoscience industry or elsewhere.

    Field course to: The Spanish Pyrenees

    What topics will course units in Year 4 cover?

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