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Earth Sciences MSci
UCAS code: F604
This four-year programme provides an additional year on top of the Earth Sciences BSc, in which you undertake an independent research project, extend your knowledge with advanced courses related to your specialist pathway, and join in a wide-ranging seminar series on Earth and Planetary System Science.
- Entry requirements
- Degree summary
- Degree structure
- Fees and funding
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|Subjects||Two sciences preferred.|
|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|
|Subjects||A score of 16-18 points in three higher level subjects, preferably to include two sciences, with no score lower than 5.|
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In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
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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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- The programme includes up to approximately three months of field classes in the UK and continental Europe, with financial support from the department.
- The holistic nature of the Earth sciences is emphasised. The opportunity to specialise within Earth Sciences and, by the appropriate choice of courses, graduate with a degree in Earth Sciences (Palaeobiology) or Earth Sciences (Planetary Science) is available.
- World-leading research in mineral, ice and rock physics, geophysical hazards and palaeoenvironmental analysis is undertaken in the department and is used in the development of our courses.
- World-class facilities include hosting the UK's only NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility, use of the UCL University of London Observatory, and collaboration with the Natural History Museum.
On entry to the programme, you will select a pathway through the subject (including palaeobiology or planetary science). The programme includes many optional courses across the Earth Sciences. Students should normally take at least five half course credits in the Earth Sciences Department each year. Courses based in other departments may be chosen from those listed for the Environmental Geoscience, Geology and Geophysics degree programmes and the Palaeobiology or Planetary Science pathways.
The first and second years provide core skills and knowledge in the subject. The third year provides opportunities for specialisation and diversification, with an emphasis on individual initiative and problem-based learning. Fieldwork provides a unique opportunity to develop independent and team skills and problem-solving abilities.
The first three years of the MSci programme are identical to the BSc programme. However, the additional fourth year of the MSci allows for an individual research project and advanced options, providing extra depth and breadth of knowledge.
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.
You will be assessed by a combination of written examinations, practical examinations, coursework, independent project reports and an oral examination.
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).
Further details on department website: Earth Sciences MSci
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.
First destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) from Earth Sciences programmes at UCL include:
- 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)
- Full-time student, MSc in Environmental Engineering and Business Management at Imperial (2010)
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:
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.
If you are resident in the UK and your application demonstrates potential 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.
You may also have a one-to-one discussion with a member of academic staff in which we aim to find out more about your personal interests and motivation.
Applicants from regions distant from London and from outside the UK are not normally required to attend for an interview, and we reach a decision on making an offer on the basis of the application alone.
Video: applying to UCL through UCAS
Fees and funding
UK & EU fee
General funding notes
Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance
Playlist: funding for UK/EU and overseas students
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