Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

Earth Sciences

On completion of the course graduates will have: An advanced knowledge and understanding of a variety of analytical, technical, numerical, modelling and interpretive techniques applicable to the specific field of earth sciences; the articulation of knowledge and the understanding of published work, concepts and theories in the chosen field of earth sciences at an advanced level; the acquisition of knowledge from published work in the chosen area of earth sciences to a level appropriate for a Master's degree.

Entry requirements

UK lower 2nd Class Honours degree (2.2), or equivalent, in geology, geophysics or a cognate subject. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in all subscores. Additional requirements: All applicants will be invited for an interview; those unable to attend, such as overseas students, will be interviewed by telephone or online.

Course modules

The course consists of the following 3 components: A research study skills course unit; a specialist taught course unit (examples: applied sedimentology and stratigraphy; pollution sources and pathways; oceans and atmospheres; risk and environmental management; geographical information systems; environmental inorganic analysis; contaminants in the environment; advanced igneous petrogenesis; seismic processing and interpretation; geodynamics and plate tectonics; interpretation of structural settings; coal geology; petroleum geology and evaluation; terrestrial palaeoecology; palaeoclimates); research project.

Assessment methods

Research study skills is assessed by coursework and theory examination and will include short written assignments, a seminar, worksheets and practical tests. These assessments contribute 12.5% of the course marks. Specialist taught course units are mostly assessed by a written, theory examination and coursework. The unit assessment contributes 12.5% of the course marks. Research project dissertation must be submitted in early September. It will be marked by both an internal and an external examiner, and will be defended at an oral examination with both examiners. The project assessment contributes 75% of the course marks.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc (Res) Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Royal Holloway Egham TW20 0EX South East

Key information

Postgraduate Programmes Co-ordinator
Telephone number: 
01784 443581