Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences is an umbrella term for all sciences which deal with Earth, its atmosphere and  the space around Earth. The list of Earth disciplines includes Geology, Geography, Oceanology, Paleontology, Soil Science, Meteorology, Mineralogy and many other disciplines.

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Program structure

The program stucture of study programs in Earth sciences depends on the chosen specialization, but some basic items of study programs are usually rather similar. Usually those who completed an undergraduate study program in Earth Sciences receive a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. Education lasts from three to five years, it depends on the chosen institution and country. The emphasis of study program is usually on lectures and research works; students need to submit their dissertation and/or pass exams.

Usually the curriculum of Earth Sciences study programs includes fieldwork or internship. Some universities encourage students to spend a year abroad, and fieldworks usually include a travel, so a degree in Earth Sciences is also a good opportunity to see the world.

Entry requirements for Earth Sciences applicants

Those who wish to apply for an undergraduate study program in Earth Sciences usually need to have high grades in Maths, Chemistry and Geography, but specific requirements depend on the chosen specialization. English proficiency is also always required.

Career opportunities for Earth Sciences graduates

Since Earth Science is a very research-based discipline, a lot of graduates continue their education to start a career in scientific area. However, a variety of career opportunities are available for those who hold a Bachelor degree in Earth Sciences - they can find a job of their dreams in politics, government, industry, publishing and many other areas.

Best Universities

The best institution of the world holding study programs in Earth Sciences is ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland (according to QS Top Universities Ranking by Subject). All information about this institution, including study programs, entry requirements, history of university and many other can be found on the university’s profile on our website. The list of further world’s  leading universities holding study programs in Earth Sciences include Harvard University, University of California Berkeley, University of Oxford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Cambridge, California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Columbia University, University of Washington. Most of these universities are located in the US; all information about specific requirements for international applicants wishing to study in the universities of USA you can find on our website.

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                                                            Bachelor Earth Sciences programs

                                                            bachelor earth-sciences programs
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                                                            Master Earth Sciences programs

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                                                            From looking out to looking in: Insight is the simplest way to describe the MSc in Technical Geology degree. Which sedim...
                                                            More than rocks Mineral resources, climate change and processes shaping the earth are examples of possible focal areas....
                                                            From looking out to looking in: Insight is the simplest way to describe the MSc in Technical Geology degree. Which sedim...
                                                            Earthquakes, groundwater and hydrocarbons are not only concerns for us all, but also primary focal areas for a geophysic...
                                                            The aim of the programme is to provide the candidates with theoretical and methodological skills enabling them to qualif...
                                                            From looking out to looking in: Insight is the simplest way to describe the MSc in Technical Geology degree. Which sedim...
                                                            Programme designed to train professionals in the work-flow concepts now prevailing in the oil and gas industries, and to...
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                                                            PhD Earth Sciences programs

                                                            phd earth-sciences programs
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