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The Geoscience MSc at UCL aims to provide a set of programmes that suit each student's aspirations, background and experience. The MSc offers several pathways to ensure a coherent programme of study: Earth Systems Science; Palaeobiology; Earth and Planetary Physics; Environment; and Hydrogeology.
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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), six optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
- Research Methods
- Project Proposal
- Earth and Planetary Systems Science
- Earth and Planetary Materials
- Melting and Volcanism
- Physical Volcanology and Volcanic Hazard
- Earthquake Seismology & Earthquake Hazard
- Tectonic Geomorphology
- Biodiversity and Macroevolutionary Patterns
- Deep Earth and Planetary Modelling
- Geodynamics and Global Tectonics
- Crustal Dynamics, Mountain Building and Basin Analysis
- Relevant modules can also be chosen from:
- UCL Geography
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000–12,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and laboratory and fieldwork exercises. Student performance is assessed through coursework, written assignments, unseen written examination and the dissertation.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.