Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
- £22,350 (FT) £11,125 (PT)
- All applicants:
- 1 August 2015
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.
English language requirement: Standard
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
Equivalent qualifications for Algeria
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.
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).
- Project Proposal
- Research Methods
- Geodynamics and Global Tectonics
- Biodiversity and Macroevolutionary Patterns
- Tectonic Geomorphology
- Earthquake Seismology & Earthquake Hazard
- Physical Volcanology and Volcanic Hazard
- Melting and Volcanism
- Earth and Planetary Materials
- Earth and Planetary Systems Science
- Royal Holloway, University of London
- UCL Geography
- <strong>Relevant modules can also be chosen from:</strong>
- Crustal Dynamics, Mountain Building and Basin Analysis
- Deep Earth and Planetary Modelling
- Hydogeology and Groundwater Resources
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.
- 1 year
- Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.
- 1 year
- For prospective UK-resident entrants taking the Micropalaeontology route through the MSc in Geosciences, and who are not already receiving full financial support (fees and living costs) from other sources
More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website
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 degree
- 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.
Why 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.
Student / staff ratios › 37 staff › 40 taught students › 53 research students
Department: Earth Sciences
"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."
Edoseghe OsagiedeSubject: Geoscience MSc
Application and next steps
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.
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.
- All applicants
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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