Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

Earth Sciences

This course will provide you with the opportunity to carry out an independent research project under the supervision of our leading academics. You will receive training in research methods and take a taught course unit in a relevant subject area. The research topic for your project is agreed with a supervisor in advance and can be in any area of the expertise in the department research groups. The project outline will be developed in consultation with your supervisor and project work is carried out in parallel with the taught courses, becoming full-time during the third term. The department research groups are: - Global Environmental Change - Geodynamics and Sedimentary Systems - Physics and Chemistry of Earth Processes This Master's by Research will provide you with a suitable background to work as a research assistant or as the grounding for further study towards a PhD. 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 Start month Fee Course duration
MSc (Res) Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time September 2017 GBP 13,800 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

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

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