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Planetary Science MSc

This interdisciplinary MSc offers students a wide programme of study related to planetary and space environments, including planetary interiors, atmospheres and magnetospheres; the impact of the space environment on human physiology; and research project work which provides potential opportunity to work with established planetary researchers at UCL, some of whom are involved in active or planned space missions, targeting worlds in our own Solar

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
Overseas:
£22,350 (FT) £11,125 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

Entry Requirements

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

Degree Information

Students develop insights into the techniques used in current projects, and gain in-depth experience of a particular specialised research area, through project work, as a member of a research team. The programme provides the professional skills necessary to play a meaningful role in industrial or academic life.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of a choice of three core modules (45 credits), three optional modules (45 credits), a research essay (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months, part-time two years) is offered, with a choice of three core modules (45) and a research essay (30 credits).

Core Modules

  • Deep Earth and Planetary Modelling
  • Earth and Planetary Materials
  • Planetary Atmospheres
  • Solar Physics
  • Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics

Options

  • The remaining choice of core courses
  • Earth and Planetary System Science
  • Melting and Volcanism
  • Astronomical Spectroscopy
  • Physics of the Earth
  • Space Medicine and Extreme Environment Physiology

Dissertation/report

All students submit a critical research essay and MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation and oral presentation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, practical classes, computer-based teaching, fieldwork, and tutorials. Student performance is assessed through coursework and written examination. The research project is assessed by literature survey, oral presentation and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Planetary Science MSc

Funding

Candidates may be eligible for a Santander scholarship. For further details please visit:

www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/
UK-EU-Master/santander-master/

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

Summer Scholarship in Condensed Matter Physics

Value:
Variable
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Current undergraduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy who are going into their final year of study.

Summer Scholarship in Condensed Matter Physics

Value:
Variable
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Current undergraduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy who are going into their final year of study.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Students who take up MSc science programmes at UCL go on to engage in a variety of careers, for example: Research Associate (UCL), Carl Sagan Postdoctoral Fellow (Harvard), Consultant (Deltica), Systems Test Engineer (Elekta), and Scientist (UK Met Office).

Employability

MSc science students at UCL engage in a variety of learning activities, including undertaking their own research projects. These encourage the development of problem-solving skills, technical and quantitative analysis, independent critical thinking and good scientific practice. These, combined with team work, vision and enthusiasm make physics graduates highly desirable members of all dynamic companies. Physics-established careers embrace a broad band of areas e.g. information technology, engineering, finance, research and development, medicine, nanotechnology and photonics. It is no wonder that employers regard a physics degree as a flexible and highly desirable university training.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Physics and Astronomy is among the top departments in the UK for graduate study. The department's participation in many international collaborations means we provide exceptional opportunities to work as part of an international team.Examples include work with the teams who manage scientific instruments aboard the Cassini spacecraft, and teams who are involved in planning the next generation of deep space planetary missions. These activities may also provide opportunities for networking with scientists involved in these missions.For students whose interests tend towards the theoretical, this may involve access to national supercomputer facilities, such as the Legion and HECToR services. In some cases, opportunities may exist for students to broaden their experience by spending part of their time overseas.

Examples include work with the teams who manage scientific instruments aboard the Cassini spacecraft, and teams who are involved in planning the next generation of deep space planetary missions.

For students whose interests tend towards the theoretical, there is access to national supercomputer facilities, such as the Legion and HECToR services. In some cases, opportunities exist for students to broaden their experience by spending part of their time overseas.

Student / staff ratios › 87 staff › 20 taught students › 191 research students

Department: Physics and Astronomy

Application and next steps

Applications

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?

This MSc is particularly suitable for students with an undergraduate degree in physics, astronomy, astrophysics or related discipline, who wish to develop a career in planetary science, space science and related fields. The programme provides an ideal foundation for further research and entry onto the PhD programme.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Planetary Science at graduate level
  • why you want to study Planetary Science at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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