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Strategic Earth Resources MSc

University of St Andrews
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
St Andrews
English
06 September 2021
Application deadline: 11 August 2021
Information sessions
1/29/2021

Program description

Strategic Earth Resources MSc

The MSc in Strategic Earth Resources prepares students for the challenges in resource extraction in the 21st century. It tackles not only the geological skills and understanding required for mineral exploration targeting and estimation, but also the economic, environmental, and social aspects of mining: from exploration, extraction to remediation. This is a new degree program, which builds on the Mineral Resources MSc, which has now been withdrawn.

The MSc in Strategic Earth Resources is a one-year postgraduate degree run by the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. It is designed to prepare students for the challenges in resource exploration in the 21st century, combining core knowledge, fieldwork, short courses, seminars, and a research dissertation.

The course covers the fundamental processes leading to the formation of ore deposits. It provides hands-on training in both the classroom and field in the latest digital and remote sensing mapping techniques, 3D modelling software and geochemical mapping. It will additionally cover the economic, environmental, and social (ESG) aspects of mining: from exploration, extraction, to remediation, as well as topics such as critical metals and sustainable mining, the global climate challenge, and energy alternatives such as geothermal. Students also take additional optional topics either in geodynamics, climate science, or advanced geochemistry.

Students gain knowledge and experience through interactions with invited guest lecturers from industry and by visiting mine sites. Knowledge is consolidated through both an industry or research-focused dissertation, and through an international field course.

The MSc is targeted both at new graduates seeking a career in the resources industry or as preparation for an applied PhD, and also at professional exploration geologists with several years industry experience seeking to move into an exploration strategy role, which for 2021 entry is planned to be in South Africa.

A part time version of this program is also available.

Admission requirements

  • A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a subject-related area. If you studied your first degree outside the UK.
  • English language proficiency.

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Compulsory

There are seven compulsory modules:

  • Advanced Geochemistry
  • Statistics and Analytical Sciences
  • Earth's Greatest Hits
  • Geochemistry
  • Geochemistry Field Excursion
  • Isotope Geochemistry
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory

Optional

Students choose up to three optional modules.

Here is a sample of optional modules that may be offered.

  • Advanced Petrogenesis
  • Advanced Physical Inorganic Chemistry
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Blockbuster Solids
  • Chemistry of the Solar System
  • Core to Crust Ore Genesis – High T
  • Core to Crust Ore Genesis – Low T
  • Energy Conversion and Storage
  • Homogeneous Catalysis
  • Processing of Materials
  • Water in the Environment

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The MSc degree requires two semesters of full-time (or four semesters part-time) coursework equivalent to a total of eight taught modules. The assessment for the taught modules is based on coursework and written examinations.

Tuition fees

For more information about tuition fees, please visit our website.

Career opportunities

Because of the importance of the extractive industries to society, the economy and the environment, economic geologists are employed in:

  • mineral, oil, gas and petroleum industries
  • engineering, environmental and financial sectors
  • geological surveys
  • consultancy companies
  • academia

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