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  • Start date: September 2016

Earth Sciences (International Programme) MSci

This four-year programme allows students to follow any of the MSci programmes offered by UCL Earth Sciences, with the additional opportunity to spend year three studying at an approved university in Australia, New Zealand, continental Europe or North America.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Earth Sciences (International Programme) MSci
UCAS code
F605
Duration
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Earth Sciences
Total intake (by subject area)
61 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
7 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
92% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAA-ABB
Subjects
Two (essential), three (preferred) from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points
34-38
Subjects
A score of 16-18 points in three higher level subjects to include at least two (preferably three) from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with between 28 credits awarded with Merit and a minimum of 23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,D3 - D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including two (preferably three) from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, or Biology.

AAA-ABB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher - AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). Two (preferably three) from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, or Biology required at Advanced Higher

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A-AB, including any two from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, or Biology.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

English language requirements

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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • You will have the opportunity to specialise in Environmental Geoscience, Geology, Geophysics, Palaeobiology or Planetary Science and broaden your horizons by spending the third year of study abroad.
  • Degrees for those specialising in Environmental Geoscience, Geology and Geoscience are fully accredited by the Geological Society of London.
  • The programme includes approximately three months of field classes in the UK and continental Europe, with financial support from the department.
  • World-leading research in geophysical hazards, mineral, ice and rock physics and palaeoenvironmental analysis is undertaken in the department and is used in the development of our courses.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

You will initially follow the first two years of one of the degree programmes on offer in UCL Earth Sciences (Environmental Geoscience, Geology, Geophysics, or the General, Palaeobiology or Planetary Science pathways in the Earth Sciences programme) but with an additional option of a foreign language elective.

Your third year is spent abroad at an approved university in Australia, New Zealand, continental Europe or North America, and you will return to UCL for your final year.

The final title of the degree awarded may reflect the particular choice of courses that you have taken, for example Earth Sciences (International Programme) (Geology) MSci.

The number of places available for direct entry onto the International programme is limited and, therefore, competitive. Eligibility to continue will be assessed in both the first and second years of study. Students failing to maintain the required standard will be transferred to the corresponding UK-based MSci or BSc programme.

Year One

Compulsory courses

Dynamic Earth
Earth Materials
From Petrology to Petrogenesis
Geochemistry
History of Life
Surface Processes
The Earth

Optional courses

You will select 0.5 credits of optional courses from Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Geoscience programmes, and the Palaeobiology or Planetary Science pathways. Options available within the department may include:

Foundations of Physical Geoscience
Introduction to Planetary Science

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Maps, Images and Structures
Structural Geology and Tectonics
Surface Processes and Structures

Optional courses

You will select 2.5 credits of optional courses from the Environmental Geoscience, Geology and Geophysics programmes, and the Palaeobiology or Planetary Science pathways. Options available within the department may include:

Global Geophysics
Igneous Petrology
Isotope Geology
Metamorphism
Vertebrate Palaeontology and Evolution

Year Three

Year abroad at an approved university in Australia, New Zealand, continental Europe or North America.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Earth and Planetary System Science
Independent MSci Project

Optional courses

You will select 2.0 credits of optional courses from the Environmental Geoscience, Geology and Geophysics programmes and Palaeobiology and Planetary Science pathways depending on your programme diet. Options available within the department may include:

Biodiversity and Macroevolutionary Patterns
Earth Resources and Sustainability
Geodynamics and Global Tectonics
Geological/Environmental Mapping Project
Marine Geology
Melting and Volcanism
Because the Earth Sciences (International Programme) MSci spans several degree programmes, the courses shown here are illustrative only, using the General pathway in the Earth Sciences MSci as an example.

Your learning

We use a mixture of lectures, practical classes, field courses, directed reading, problem-orientated learning, private study and tutorials to enable you to gain the theoretical knowledge and practical skills demanded by the programme, as well as to develop key transferable skills such as critical analysis, report writing, team working and organisational skills.

Assessment

You will be assessed by a combination of written examinations, practical examinations, coursework, independent project reports and sometimes an oral examination.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Earth Sciences (International Programme) MSci.

Careers

You will develop both discipline-based and highly sought after analytical skills, together with practical skills such as planning, conducting and reporting on investigations, collecting, recording and analysing data and the ability to undertake field and laboratory research.

All our students are encouraged and helped towards making informed career choices. We have excellent relationships with many employers in diverse aspects of the Earth and planetary sciences, and students are actively guided towards achieving their potential at UCL in preparation for their future careers.

In addition to further study, main employment destinations include: exploration and production for mining, oil and engineering companies; groundwater resources management; investigating ground conditions associated with land use, such as planning, construction and waste disposal; geological surveying, and collecting geological information for maps and databases.

Destinations

First destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) from Earth Sciences programmes at UCL include:

  • Graduate Manager, Network Rail (2013)
  • Energy Researcher, Infield Systems Limited (2011)
  • Full-time student, PhD in Paleoclimatology at Uppsala University (2011)
  • Satellite Data Processing Technician, UCL Centre for Polar Observation and Monitoring (2011)

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Fees and funding

Fees

UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2015/16)
Overseas fee
£20,700 (2015/16)

Funding

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Scholarships

Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.

Dean's Summer Student Scholarships

Value
Variable
Eligibility
Overseas
Criteria
Based on academic merit

The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

Application and next steps

Your application

We will assess your application on the basis of your performance, or predicted performance academically, but we will also be looking for an indication of how your interest in natural and Earth sciences has developed, what aspects particularly appeal to you, and whether you have undertaken any research or reading to find out about the subject matter you wish to study.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2016



Selection

We normally reach a decision on making an offer on the basis of the application alone. If you are resident in the UK and have been made an offer you will be invited to an applicant open day. This visit will include introductory talks on Earth sciences and our degree programmes, a tour of the department and UCL and a question and answer session.

Although we do recommend that all applicants who receive an offer visit UCL, we recognise that this is not always possible; applicants from regions distant from London and from outside the UK are not normally required to attend.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students