Earth Sciences MGeol (Hons)University of St Andrews
Earth Sciences MGeol (Hons)
The MGeol in Earth Sciences will equip you with the skills and knowledge to investigate Earth as an interconnected system, integrating the study of the oceans, atmosphere, biosphere, and geosphere throughout its 4.6 billion year history. It will allow you to understand the processes that have formed Earth in deep time through to those that generate environmental change today and into the future. Applied training is provided via hands-on experience with analytical techniques and focused field and laboratory-based study.
The MGeol allows you to combine undergraduate and postgraduate (Masters level) study into a single five-year program, graduating with a Masters degree. The course is designed to focus on your research and workplace experiences, explicitly preparing you for a career in industry or a PhD in a competitive market.
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
- SQA Highers
- GCE A-Levels
- IB points
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Students are required to take the following compulsory modules in their first year:
- Understanding Planet Earth
- Earth's Resource Challenges
Students are required to take the following compulsory modules in their second year:
- Dynamic Earth: The Earth System
- Dynamic Earth: Magma, Minerals and Metamorphism
- Dynamic Earth: Earth Surface Processes
Honours modules involve key skills training and first-hand experience linked to new research discoveries and advances in Earth sciences. Integrated Masters Students complete independent field mapping and a placement in Year 4. Other topics offered in years 3 and 4 in the past include:
- Advanced Field Skills in recording Earth & Environmental Science data
- Data visualisation and statistics using R-Studio and Python
- GIS and Spatial Analysis for Earth Scientists
- Identifying rocks and minerals using rock thin sections (petrology)
- Personal and communication skills for industry and research
- Reconstructing and interpreting geological histories
- Petroleum Exploration and Geophysics
- Structural Geology and Tectonics.
During your final year you will be able to take a number of modules at Masters level, providing advanced training in Earth sciences. In previous years, Masters-level topics have included:
- Advanced/Applied Geochemistry
- Isotope Geochemistry
- Advanced Petrogenesis
- Chemistry of the Solar System
- Ore Genesis
- Exploration to Estimation
- Water in the Environment.
The School’s teaching philosophy is to provide a thorough understanding of Earth sciences through experiential learning via field and lab-based study, first-hand experience in collecting data, testing hypotheses, undertaking analyses, and student-led investigative research.
The MGeol in Earth Sciences is taught through a combination of:
- practical classes
- research projects.
Each sub-honours module consists of four to five lectures (80 to 110 students) and one laboratory session per week, several single-day field excursions during each semester, and tutorial sessions (typically between four and six students).
At Honours level, students attend lectures (20 to 30 students) and continue to develop core skills in Earth sciences through optional modules and their own research project.
When not attending lectures, tutorials and workshops, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:
- reading relevant literature
- working on individual and group projects
- undertaking research in the library
- preparing coursework assignments and presentations
- preparing for examinations
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
The School is proactive about developing career opportunities, and career activities are provided for all students from first year onwards. Assessment styles imitate real workplace scenarios and many modules in Honours years are supported by visits to and by industry partners. As a result, graduates are well prepared for industry and graduate employment prospects are consistently among the best in the UK.
There are multiple career options for Earth and environmental sciences graduates, both specifically in the energy, natural resources, and environmental sectors, as well as in wider science and policy areas.
About this institute
University of St Andrews
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Graduates of St Andrews are highly sought after by employers around the world due to our reputation for excellence. A qualification from St Andrews will help you reach your ambitions and kickstart your career.
Consistently ranked as the best student academic experience in the UK by students in the National Student Survey, your time as a student in St Andrews will be unique and rewarding, leaving you with a prestigious qualification, but also memories and connections to treasure for years to come.
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