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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 4.59k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 13.6k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    The Aberystwyth MSc in Glaciology is designed to provide you with a range of skills appropriate for the practical and theoretical challenges of glaciological research, but which are also highly relevant to wider Earth Science and Physical Geographical contexts and employment beyond.

    Supported by the world-class staff at the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences (IGES), you will gain high-level, subject-specific expertise in the critically-important study areas of glaciology, glacial geological and glacial geomorphological investigation. The departments careful balance of intense tutoring and independent study will thoroughly prepare you for further doctoral study and specialist employment.

    In addition, you will develop a broad range of personal and practical skills through new experiences in managing teams and individuals, planning, implementing and evaluating research programmes, and the use of field and satellite technology. Whether you progress into related geographical employment or not, these sought-after skills and experiences will enhance your employability and impress prospective employers. Your mastery of analytical and applied skills and strategies will stand you in good stead throughout your career in which ever sector you choose.

    The IGES invites applications from postgraduate students in a range of related disciplines including geologists, geographers and environmental Earth scientists. The entry requirement for the MSc in Glaciology is an Honours Degree (Class 2 Division 1) or equivalent, supported by suitable references.

    Career Development

    Qualification: MSc in Glaciology

    This degree will suit you:

    * If you wish to obtain a Masters degree from an internationally-renowned research institute;
    * If you have a 2:1 degree or higher in a related discipline;
    * If you wish to gain academic expertise, field skills and technical experience a single course of study;
    * If you wish to enter one of a diverse range of careers requiring research, analysis and practical excellence.


    Every aspect of the Aberystwyth Masters in Glaciology programme is designed to enhance your employability: indeed, successful completion of this degree is in itself certain to do so; but we set more store by the hugely enhanced knowledge, abilities and skills with which you will graduate. We believe that prospective employers take a similar view. This course will widen your knowledge, skills, experience and understanding of the subject in such a way that cultivates transferrable skills which will benefit you in other disciplines of work and study.

    In addition to building your CV, completion of this Masters course demonstrates your passion for furthering human knowledge at a delicate stage in global affairs. Understanding the processes that govern glaciers and snow cover is not only crucial for developing models of the response to climatic change, but also for evaluating water and other natural resources, understanding waste disposal, assessing pollution and tracking earth-surface erosion.

    By completing the Aberystwyth Masters in Glaciology, you will have aligned your passion to a unique and highly-desirable set of skills and experiences. Your tutored expertise, personal research and team experience in the field will make you an engaging candidate for areas of work relating to Geography, but also to more generic positions within companies that require thoroughness in research, clarity in analysis and fluency in communication. You will gain these skills and more as you progress through your studies at Aberystwyths IGES.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    First or upper second class honours degree (UK) or equivalent in Earth & Environmental Sciences, Physical Geography or the Physical Sciences.Non-native English speakers are required to take a University recognised test of academic English language proficiency with required minimum proficiency levels equating to an IELTS score of 7.0 or a TOEFL score of 610 (paper based test) or 250 (computer based) with an essay rating of 5.5. Applicants who have successfully undertaken a Bachelors degree in a UK University are exempt from this requirement. English Language Requirements CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C)
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