Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

Quaternary Science

Study Quaternary Science at Royal Holloway, University of London and you'll receive comprehensive postgraduate training on the time-dependent processes that affect environmental change, helping you to understand and confront some of the most profound issues of our time. This flexible Masters programme is offered jointly with London's prestigious Natural History Museum, and The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) recognizes this course as "Excellent". You'll acquire an advanced knowledge and understanding of key issues within Quaternary Science, including high-resolution palaeoenvironmental records, high-precision dating and multi-proxy approaches to the investigation of past environmental changes. The Department of Geography is one of the leading centres for international geographical research in the UK. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework our research environment was recognized as overwhelmingly world class. The staff and facilities of the Centre for Quaternary Research (CQR) at Royal Holloway provide a wide range of opportunities, including participation in internationally significant research programmes in Quaternary science and links with potential employers. This consortium of staff constitutes the strongest teaching team in the UK for the provision of Masters' teaching in the field of non-marine Quaternary earth science and environmental change. You'll have the chance to contribute to this leading research culture with your own individual research project. Study a Masters degree in Quaternary Science and you'll develop a thorough understanding of many contemporary environmental issues, including climate change, biological responses to environmental change and soil erosion. and be well placed to pursue a rewarding career in your chosen field. - Masters programme offered jointly with London's prestigious Natural History Museum. - Study in a department ranked 2nd in the UK for research by the Research Excellence Framework 2014. - Gain a thorough understanding of some of our most pressing environmental issues. - Graduate with excellent employability prospects and a strong opportunity to progress into further postgraduate study.

Entry requirements

- Applicants with UK, EU or overseas qualifications who have or are on track to obtain at least a 2.1 (or equivalent) in one of the following subjects: Archaeology; Botany; Ecology; Environmental Science; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology [SK1].
- Candidates with extensive field and/or laboratory experience in a relevant vocation may also be considered for entry, but will be required to demonstrate proficiency in theoretical aspects of the subject.

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and no subscore below 5.5

Course modules

Core modules include: Sedimentology and stratigraphy; high precision age modelling; quaternary palaeoclimatology; principles of quaternary research; quantitative environmental palaeoecology; field training programme; dissertation. Elective modules include: Palynology; coleoptera; micromorphology; theory and applications of luminescence dating; quaternary mammals; stable isotopes and environmental change; environmental factors in human evolution and dispersal; late quaternary palaeohydrology; tephrochronology; chironomids.

Assessment methods

You will benefit from small group learning and an intense but friendly atmosphere, and will receive individual mentoring and career advice from our staff (both from your personal tutor and a dissertation supervisor).
Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, practical exercises, field reports and a dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,300 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 17,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,300 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,300 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 8,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 8,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 8,300 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 8,300 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 8,300 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 17,000 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 8,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years

Campus details

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

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