University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Polar and Alpine Change

During this course students will explore some of the most dramatic environmental and climatic changes on the planet. Study will be supported by the work of the Climate and Cryosphere research group, and students will develop their field skills on a research trip to a polar or alpine environment. The course is aimed at those planning a polar or alpine environmental career or continuing to PhD study.

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 or 1st Class Honours degree in geography or in science-based subjects such as earth/ocean/environmental sciences, geology, physics, biology, and mathematics. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include: research design in analysis of environmental systems; polar and alpine climates; polar and alpine environments; current issues in polar and alpine environments; polar/alpine field course; dissertation. Optional modules: introduction to geographic information systems (GIS); geochemical techniques in environmental analysis; unlocking sedimentary archive.

Assessment methods

Assessment includes: coursework assignments; dissertation.

Sponsorship information

A number of departmental bursaries are available for masters students. Further funding may be available. Please contact us for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Post Graduate Admissions
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