Masters in Geology

Geology is a sub-field of environmental studies and earth sciences that analyses the history and physical structure of the earth, its constitutive materials and the processes shaping it. Geology studies the chemical and physical properties of earth materials including minerals, natural gases and water. It also deals with earth hazards such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and floods.

Geologists combine applied tools from the fields of maths, physics, chemistry, or biology to study the geologic environment and its impact on human life. They often specialise in a particular geological research area such as earth processes, earth materials or earth history. Professionals also use their expertise in assessing environmental problems and identifying means and ways to solve or minimize those issues.

Academic programmes in geology present several specialization opportunities, with majors ranging from palaeontology, geological hazards, to petroleum geology, geo-informatics and economic geology. Besides theoretical knowledge, students also gain a strong understanding of field methods and data-collection practices. They interpret the results in lab sessions, use modern technology for research and improve their numeracy skills.

Graduates in geology work in a variety of settings, with the most common being industrial companies, environmental consulting firms, government agencies and non-profit organisations. Example job titles include: geo-hydrologist, engineering geologist, geophysicist, seismic interpreter, palaeontologist, petroleum geologist, etc.

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Suggested Master's Programmes

Applied Marine Geoscience M.Sc. Applied Marine Geoscience
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 6,611 per year
  • International £ 15,500 per year
  • 12 months

The Applied Marine Geoscience course from Bangor University provides theoretical and practical training in measuring, quantifying and understanding the physical processes within the geological marine environment.

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Geological & Environmental Sciences M.Sc. Geological & Environmental Sciences
  • Mar 2017
  • Oct 2016
  • Not specified
  • 24 months

The disciplines studied in this department enable a deeper understanding of the processes operating on and beneath the surface of the Earth. The Geological & Environmental Sciences programme is offered by the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

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Environmental Education M.Ed. Environmental Education
  • Sep 2016
  • National $ 17,036 per year
  • International $ 25,700 per year
  • 24 months

The Environmental Education program is offered by the University of Minnesota Duluth.

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Geology and Mining Engineering Master Geology and Mining Engineering
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 835 per year
  • International € 4,175 per year
  • 24 months

This multidisciplinary education programme in Geological and Mining Engineering from University of Liège responds to this problematic in having the specificity of being at the interface between geology (natural science) and the engineer's techniques.

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Marine Geosciences M.Sc. Marine Geosciences
  • Oct 2016
  • International $ 9,100 per year
  • 24 months

With the eastern Mediterranean as our natural marine laboratory, the International M.Sc. Program in Marine Geosciences provides students with a unique opportunity to develop practical scientific experience at sea alongside a rigorous academic curriculum.

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Experimental geochemistry and design of crystalline materials Master Experimental geochemistry and design of crystalline materials
  • Any time
  • EEA $ 5,200 per year
  • International $ 5,200 per year
  • 24 months

Crystalline materials represent one of the industrial bases of our civilization. Technologies of crystal growth, sometimes approaching to art, allow obtaining semiconductors, optical and energetic materials, superhard abrasives and coatings, and plenty of other amazing substances. This Experimental geochemistry and design of crystalline materials programme is offered by Novosibirsk State University.

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Graduate Pathway in Geology Pre-Master Graduate Pathway in Geology
  • Jan 2017
  • Aug 2016
  • International $ 29,590
  • 8 months

INTO's Graduate Pathway in Geology from University of South Florida prepares international students for a master's degree in the US by providing specialized English language and test preparation courses.

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Structural Geology with Geophysics M.Sc. Structural Geology with Geophysics
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 9,250 per year
  • International £ 22,500 per year
  • 12 months

The Structural Geology with Geophysics programme at University of Leeds is the only applied structural geology Masters in the UK. It provides advanced training in the practical application of structural geology, preparing you either for employment in the hydrocarbon or mining industries or for postgraduate study (PhD).

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Engineering Geology M.Sc. Engineering Geology
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 6,500 per year
  • International £ 19,000 per year
  • 12 months

This Engineering Geology course from the University of Leeds provides concentrated one-year training in engineering geology and related geotechnical subjects to prepare you for professional practice in engineering geology and geotechnical engineering.

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Geoscience M.Sc. Geoscience
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 9,800 per year
  • International £ 18,300 per year
  • 48 months

The Geoscience programme from the Royal Holloway University of London brings together perspectives from a range of sciences to understand how our Earth works. Using a combination of physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics, this course will give you a holistic appreciation to the complex systems that provide the only known home of life in its many forms.

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Petroleum Geoscience (PetGeo) M.Sc. Petroleum Geoscience (PetGeo)
  • Any time
  • EEA £ 12,300
  • International £ 27,600
  • 12 months

The Petroleum Geoscience programme is jointly offered by Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh University, with external staff from Durham University, and combines the expertise available at each of these three institutions to create a unique programme in subsurface geoscience and exploration.

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