UCL Earth Sciences



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.

Geoscience MSc

Geoscience MSc

Further Enquiries:
Prof. Bridget Wade

How to apply

Programme Topics

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 codeCreditsModule title
GEOL002515Earth Resources and Sustainability
GEOL004760MSc Geoscience Disseration
GEOL003415Geology for Global Management
GEOL003515Sustainable Management of the Environment
GEOL003615Advanced Biodiversity and Macroevolutionary Studies
GEOL003715Geoscience Research Methods
GEOL003815Geoscience Research Proposal
GEOL003915Earth & Planetary Systems Science
GEOL002615Earth & Planetary Materials
GEOL004015Melting and Volcanism
GEOL004115Physical Volcanology and Volcanic Hazard
GEOL004215Earthquake Seismology and Earthquake Hazard
GEOL004315Tectonic Geomorphology
GEOL004615Deep Earth and Planetary Modelling
GEOL004815Geological and Geotechnical Hazards
GEOL002315Crustal 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.

Research Project

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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