UCL Earth Sciences

MSc Geoscience

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The programme aims to integrate theoretical studies with essential practical skills in the Earth Sciences, both in the field and in the laboratory. Students develop the ability to work on group projects, prepare written reports, acquire oral skills and gain training in the methods of scientific research. The MSc Geosciences provides the opportunity to acquire graduate-level study and research skills across a broad area of the Earth Sciences, providing a strong foundation for a research degree or employment in the geosciences sector.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The MSc provides a uniquely broad and flexible programme that suits student's aspirations, background and experience. The Department of Earth Sciences has strengths in Geophysics, Geochemistry, Palaeobiology, Mineral Physics, Geodynamics, Geohazards, Climate Science, Environmental Geosciences and Policy, and other areas. Students choose from a wide range of optional modules from within the host department and other UCL departments, building a MSc tailored to their interests.

The department also hosts the NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility, UCL Hazard Research Centre, the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction and engages in extensive collaborative work with the Royal Institution and the Natural History Museum and many other external research institutions.


Emphasis will be on providing a set of courses that suit your aspirations, background and experience. To ensure coherence to your studies, you can follow one of several ‘pathways’: Earth Systems Science; Palaeobiology; Earth and Planetary Physics; Environment; and Hydrogeology.

Research Project

We will help you design a research project that you will find exciting and appropriate to your interests. Enthusiastic support will be provided by a staff member with research interests in the area you choose. Our very favourable staff/student ratio ensures close supervision. A thesis would be submitted by the 1st September.

Students may also take up to two half-unit modules, or one whole-unit module (total 30 credits) outside the Earth Sciences Department. Please speak to Prof. Paul Upchurch in the first instance.

Further Enquiries

For more information on the MSc in Geoscience, contact: 


MSc Geosciences Programme Director:

Prof. Paul Upchurch

UCL Earth Sciences
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT UK
tel: 0207 679 7947  ext:37947
email: p.upchurch@ucl.ac.uk