Integrating theoretical studies with essential practical skills in the Earth Sciences, both in the field and in the laboratory.
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. The MSc Geosciences provides the opportunity to acquire graduate-level study and research skills across a broad area of the Earth Sciences, providing a strong foundation for a research degree or employment in the geosciences sector.
Prof. Bridget Wade
The MSc provides a uniquely broad and flexible programme that suits student's aspirations, background and experience. The Department of Earth Sciences has strengths in Geophysics, Geochemistry, Palaeobiology, Mineral Physics, Geodynamics, Geohazards, Climate Science, Environmental Geosciences and Policy, and other areas. Students choose from a wide range of optional modules from within the host department and other UCL departments, building a MSc tailored to their interests.
The department also hosts the UCL Hazard Research Centre, Europe's leading multidisciplinary hazard research centre, and engages in extensive collaborative work with the Royal Institution and the Natural History Museum and many other external research institutions.
Students may also take up to two half-unit modules, or one whole-unit (total 30 credits) outside the Earth Sciences Department. Please speak to Prof. Bridget Wade in the first instance.
There is a mandatory field trip to the Ries Crater, Germany. Crustal Dynamics, Mountain Building and Basin Analysis is a fieldwork only module without a classroom element. Students are expected to pay for travel and accomodation, as well as any additional subsistence.
Module code Credits Module title GEOL0025 15 Earth Resources and Sustainability GEOL0047 60 MSc Geoscience Disseration GEOL0034 15 Geology for Global Management GEOL0035 15 Sustainable Management of the Environment GEOL0036 15 Advanced Biodiversity and Macroevolutionary Studies GEOL0037 15 Geoscience Research Methods GEOL0038 15 Geoscience Research Proposal GEOL0039 15 Earth & Planetary Systems Science GEOL0026 15 Earth & Planetary Materials GEOL0040 15 Melting and Volcanism GEOL0041 15 Physical Volcanology and Volcanic Hazard GEOL0042 15 Earthquake Seismology and Earthquake Hazard GEOL0043 15 Tectonic Geomorphology GEOL0044 15 Palaeoceanography GEOL0045 15 Palaeoclimatology GEOL0046 15 Deep Earth and Planetary Modelling GEOL0048 15 Geological and Geotechnical Hazards GEOL0023 15 Crustal Dynamics, Mountain Building and Basin Evolution
Emphasis will be on providing a set of courses that suit your aspirations, background and experience. The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and laboratory and fieldwork exercises. To ensure coherence to your studies, you can follow one of several ‘pathways’: Earth Systems Science; Palaeobiology; Earth and Planetary Physics; Environment; and Hydrogeology.
We will help you design a research project that you will find exciting and appropriate to your interests. Enthusiastic support will be provided by a staff member with research interests in the area you choose. Our very favourable staff/student ratio ensures close supervision. A thesis would be submitted by the 1st September.
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