Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

Quaternary Science

The programme provides specialist training in the scientific study of past environmental change, including laboratory and field techniques. The programme is offered jointly with UCL; NERC studentships available.

Entry requirements

Minimum Lower 2nd class Honours degree in appropriate subject.

Course modules

5 core units: Sedimentology and stratigraphy; high precision age modelling; quaternary palaeoclimatology; principles of quaternary research; quantitative environmental palaeoecology; field training programme; dissertation; choose 5 elective units: 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; chironomid.

Assessment methods

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, practical exercises, field reports and a dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Limited departmental support; NERC studentship.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 3,480 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 13,120 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
Telephone number: 
01784 443563