Masters in Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences



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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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Pre-Master Graduate Pathway in Geology

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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M.Sc. Marine Geosciences

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

Master Geology and Mining Engineering

With a Master degree in Geology and Mining Engineering from University of Liège, professional engineer is able to characterize, quantify and provide added value to georesources in the fields of mining, environmental and civil engineering. Through a research-oriented master, he has gained a solid field experience coupled to strong capacities in computing and modeling. He is able to transfer his technical knowledge to other domains and to take advantage of his transverse skills to integrate a team or present a complex project.