The Geoscience MSc at UCL aims to provide a set of courses that suit each student's aspirations, background and experience. The MSc offers several pathways to ensure a coherent programme of study: Earth Systems Science; Palaeobiology; Earth and Planetary Physics; Environment; and Hydrogeology.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- Overseas Part-time: £10,800
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
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.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL Earth Sciences is engaged in world-class research into the processes at work on and within the Earth and planets.
Graduate students benefit from our lively and welcoming environment and world-class facilities, which include the UK's only NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility and access to the University of London Observatory in north London.
The department also hosts the Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre, Europe's leading multi-disciplinary hazard research centre, and engages in extensive collaborative work with the Royal Institution and the Natural History Museum.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), six optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
An exit-level Postgraduate Diploma is offered (120 credits).
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000–12,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and laboratory and fieldwork exercises. Student performance is assessed through coursework, written assignments, unseen written examination and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for students with a background in geology, geophysics or a relevant discipline who want to prepare for research in the Earth Sciences and for entry into a PhD programme.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Geoscience at graduate level
- why you want to study Geoscience at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
First destinations of recent graduates include:
- Neftex Petroleum Consultants Ltd: Geologist
- TWP Architects and Surveyors: Geotechnical Surveyor
- UCL Earth Sciences Rock and Ice Physics Laboratory: Research Assistant
- UCL: Research Degree, Earth Sciences
Top career destinations for this programme
- Bureau Veritas, Senior Consultant, 2011
- European Commission, Adminstrative Assistant, 2010
- University of West Indies, Research Associate, 2010
- UCL, Reseacrh Assistant, 2010
- TWP Architects and Surveyors, Geotechnical Surveyor, 2010
From the MSc Geoscience students have gone onto pursue careers in many varied areas, such as planning and surveying, governmental organisations, academic research.
"UCL, as a world-class university, has state-of-the-art research facilities that are not usually found in universities in my home country or at many other universities around the world."
Degree: Geoscience MSc
"As part of my PhD project I was able to take part in a three-week summer school, the Urbino Summer School of Palaeoclimatology. This was a very valuable experience where international lecturers gave talks on their research."