Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London


Geochemistry is the study of the world around us using chemical tools and principles and Birkbeck is the only university to offer advanced training in geochemistry via part-time evening study and distance learning. This programme will give you an advanced knowledge of a range of geochemical disciplines, from Earth surface chemistry and pollution to resource geochemistry and magmatic processes. It provides high-level professional and academic training in geochemical theory, knowledge and practice, as well as field and laboratory methodologies, so that you are prepared for further study in geochemistry, or for a career in a range of areas, including environmental science, sustainability, industry, government and other organisations. As well as attending this course at Birkbeck in central London, you can also study by distance learning via our online learning environment. You can access course materials and recordings of lectures wherever you are in the world - and whenever it suits you. A training week in central London in field and laboratory methods of geochemistry is included.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.2 honours degree in an earth/environmental science or similar subject. We welcome graduates from the earth sciences, geology, geography, chemistry and biology. Relevant work-related experience will also be considered. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

In the first year you take 4 modules and complete a mandatory field and laboratory training session module at Birkbeck. Following this, all remaining lectures, tutorials and learning hours will be conducted via distance-learning.

In the second year you take 2 modules and complete a research project/thesis.
Year 1:

Advanced Chemistry and Pollution of Water, Soil and Air;
Advanced Earths Resources and Raw Materials;
Advanced Environmental Isotopes;
Field and Laboratory Techniques in Geochemistry 1;
Field and Laboratory Techniques in Geochemistry 2 .

Year 2:

Advanced Magmatic Processes;
MSc Geochemistry Research Project and Thesis .

Assessment methods

Methods of assessment include unseen examinations, theoretical and practical assessed coursework, oral presentations and associated handouts, a research proposal and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time October 2016 - 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

Key information

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Telephone number: 
020 3073 8032