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Master of Science in Earth Sciences

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Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
1 year
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Start date: 01-December-2021
Campus:
Grafton Campus
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Course details

Summary

The Master of Science (MSc) programme enables you to pursue advanced study in your area of interest with the opportunity to work on independent research.

Programme overview

Studying for an MSc is an opportunity for committed scientists to focus on a relevant area of interest or practise and pursue an advanced qualification. While taught masters will provide you with specialist training in your chosen field, a research masters will develop advanced research skills, working alongside Faculty of Science researchers - many of whom are major contributors in their field. Late Year Semester will start in November.

120-point MSc

Most students enter an MSc following completion of a PGDipSci. You will need to complete 120 points (maximum of 160 points) in a specialisation within one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study (research masters) or four years of part-time study (taught masters). Not all specialisations offer both taught and research options.

240-point MSc

If you enter a MSc directly from an undergraduate degree you will need to complete 240 points (maximum of 280 points) in a specialisation in two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study (research masters) or six years of part-time study (taught masters). Not all specialisations offer both taught and research options.

Earth Sciences

Postgraduate study in Earth Sciences encompasses the study of the earth and earth processes that can also fall into the disciplines of geology, geophysics and physical geography.

Areas of research interests open to exploration include:

Climate and Society
Coasts and Rivers
Environmental Change
Hazards and Disasters
Natural Resources
Volcanology, Petrology and Geochemistry

Where can postgraduate study in Earth Sciences take you?

Our graduates establish careers in areas such as resource management, hydrology, hydrogeology, coastal management, catchment management, water resources, mineral exploration, petroleum exploration, environmental geochemistry, engineering geology, natural hazards research, meteorology and geothermal energy.

Jobs related to Earth Sciences

  • Climate scientist
  • Engineering geologist
  • Environmental assessment, restoration and rehabilitation
  • Environmental consultant
  • Exploration geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Geologist
  • Geomorphologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Geotechnical analyst
  • Hydrologist/hydrogeologist
  • Landscape modeller
  • Marine geologist
  • Palaeontologist
  • Resource, hazard, risk and environmental analyst/manager
  • Seismologist
  • Soil scientist
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Volcanologist

1 December start available for 120-point research masters only, subject to supervisor availability.

Entry criteria

Research 120 points:

You must have completed one year of postgraduate study, following an undergraduate degree, at a recognised university (or similar institution), in a similar field to your intended specialisation. You will need a GPE of 5.0.

Research 240 points:

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in science in a similar field to your intended specialisation at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 5.0.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

Course variations

01-December-2021 - Leigh Marine Campus

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Leigh Marine Campus
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