To successfully undertake this course you will need to have studied Earth science at degree level. If you do not have a degree in Earth science/Geology (or similar) then you are required to take additional undergraduate modules before starting this MSc. If you have other study or experience that you believe equips you to take this qualification you can still apply, but must supply evidence of that study or experience. For further advice please contact the Science Postgraduate Team.
You will also need good computing skills and a level of proficiency in the English language that is adequate for study at postgraduate level. The following should give you some indication of the basic IT and language skills we expect students to have before enrolling on our postgraduate qualifications in science. Please refer to individual module descriptions to ensure that you are adequately prepared before starting to study for this qualification.
Proficiency in the use of English: All of our taught modules are in English and your proficiency in the English language should be adequate for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend that you have achieved an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 7. You can assess your English language skills in relation to your proposed studies by visiting the IELTS website.
How long it takes
You can complete our MSc in Earth Sciences in as little as two years. To finish in two years, you’ll need to already have 30 credits from an undergraduate earth sciences or geology degree (see the section on credit transfer); or from our discontinued modules Geological records (S369), Oceanography (S330) or Understanding the continents (S339). You’ll also, in your first year, have to study up to 30 hours per week for the three months from February to April, when Developing research skills in science (S825) and Earth science: a systems approach (S808) overlap.
You can, of course, take longer than two years. However, because of when modules will start for the last time, if you’re starting in October 2017, you’ll have to finish in just four years. Modules should be studied in order: Developing research skills in science (S825) should be studied first and the MSc project module (S810) last.
- Developing research skills in science (S825) is a 30-credit module that starts at the beginning of October and finishes at end of April, so is 10–11 hours of study per week. It starts for the last time in October 2018.
- Earth science: a systems approach (S808) is a 60-credit module that starts at the end of January and finished at the end of October, so is 16–20 hours study per week. It starts for the last time in February 2019.
- MSc project module (S810) is a 60-credit module that start at the beginning of November and finishes at the end of October, so is 10–11 hours study per week. It starts for the last time in November 2020.
If you haven’t already got 30 credits from undergraduate study, you’ll also have to study either Environmental monitoring and protection (T868) or Making environmental decisions (T891) before the MSc project module (S810). These are both 30-credit modules that start at the beginning of November and finish at the end of April, so are 10–11 hours of study per week.
If you have to overlap modules, this will increase your weekly hours of study each week.
In addition to the requirements above, all study must have been completed within a ten-year timeframe and by the 31st of December 2021.