Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University


This course is designed to provide students 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. Students gain high-level, subject-specific expertise in the critically-important study areas of glaciology, glacial geological and glacial geomorphological investigation.

Entry requirements

Good undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above in a related subject. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on our comparability pages; mature candidates may be considered on the basis of relevant experience.

Course modules

Modules include: Advanced research skills; glaciological field techniques; approaches to glaciology; glacial processes and products; spatial data acquisition; fundamentals of remote sensing and geographical information systems; research dissertation in glaciology.

Assessment methods

The taught part of the course (Part1) is delivered and assessed through lectures, student seminars, practical exercises, case studies, course work and formal examinations. The subsequent successful submission of a 12,000 word research dissertation (Part 2) leads to the award of an MSc.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,700 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 12,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 3,350 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 6,125 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Penglais Campus Aberystwyth SY23 3AR Wales

Key information

Department of Geography and Earth Sciences
Telephone number: 
01970 622606