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

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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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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Structural Geology with Geophysics M.Sc. Structural Geology with Geophysics
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 9,250 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 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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Geology-Geoscience M.Sc. Geology-Geoscience
  • Sep 2016
  • Non-EEA € 14,600 per year
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • 24 months

Geology is the science of the origins, composition and evolution of the Earth over 5 billion years, and the processes that change the Earth and form the foundation for our existence.

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Geophysics M.Sc. Geophysics
  • Feb 2017
  • Non-EEA € 13,500 per year
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • 24 months

Earthquakes, groundwater and hydrocarbons are not only concerns for us all, but also primary focal areas for a geophysicist. The two-year MSc in Geophysics programme at Aarhus University is taught at the Department of Geoscience and is open to students from higher education institutions both in Denmark and abroad. A BSc degree in geology or in physics, with geophysics as a major study area or with a similar background, gives access to the MSc programme on the basis of an individual assessment. English-language skills must be documented with, e.g., a TOEFL test score of at least 83 (internet-based) or an IELTS test score of at least 6.5.

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Applied Marine Geoscience M.Sc. Applied Marine Geoscience
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 6,500 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 13,800 per year
  • 12 months

This MSc in Applied Marine Geoscience is a full-time one-year course, consisting of 9 months taught course and 3 months research project, and assessed by coursework and examinations. The course provides theoretical and practical training in measuring, quantifying and understanding the physical processes within the geological marine environment.

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

Studying Engineering Geology at University of Leeds will provide you with excellent job opportunities as a result of high calibre academic training, as well as the development of strong skills in terms of both critical and independent thought and team work. Most of our graduates join environmental consulting companies and consulting engineers, while others go on to PhD studies.

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Applied Geosciences M.Sc. Applied Geosciences
  • Sep 2016
  • National $ 5,448 per module
  • International $ 5,448 per module
  • 24 months

The Penn Master of Science in Applied Geosciences connects you with the world-class resources of an Ivy League institution and provides you with theoretical and technical expertise in geochemistry, geophysics, hydrogeology and engineering geology. You will also hone essential project management skills necessary for leadership in environmental remediation and pollution prevention. While youre completing your studies, the program also facilitates your preparation for professional licensure and certification processes.

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Archaeology M.A. Archaeology
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 1,951 per year
  • 12 months

VU University Amsterdam hosts an internationally respected centre of learning and research in the field of Archaeology. Its staff is renowned for its high-quality teaching and research projects, having obtained numerous prestigious national and international grants. With strong links with archaeology, history and heritage institutions in the Netherlands and abroad, the VU Archaeology provides a dedicated interdisciplinary and international research environment, and as such an outstanding working environment for students and staff.

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Biology - Marine Science M.Sc. Biology - Marine Science
  • Sep 2016
  • Non-EEA € 13,900 per year
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • 24 months

Join our programme in Biology - Marine science to learn in depth about life in the sea, how marine organisms interact with one another and with their environment, and how human activities influence marine ecosystems, including the management of marine resources. Courses are taught by internationally recognized researchers who cover almost all aspects of the marine system: from microbes to whales, and from physiology to system ecology and global biogeochemistry.

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