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

Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics
  • Dec 2015
  • National $ 1,251 per module
  • International $ 1,634 per module
  • Not specified

The removal of earth containing mineralized ores causes stress in the rock and hence stability of the mine itself is continually changing. These changes can be rapid and difficult to detect. Geomechanics is the science dealing with the design of structures in rock. Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be better prepared to understand complex issues in rock mass behaviors. Rock Mechanics.

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Graduate Pathway in Geology Graduate Pathway in Geology
  • Jan 2016
  • Aug 2016
  • National $ 27,100 per year
  • International $ 27,100 per year
  • 12 months

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

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Geoscience Geoscience
  • Aug 2016
  • International $ 32,510 per module
  • 24 months

The Master of Science in Geoscience requires a minimum of 30 s.h. of graduate credit. The program is designed primarily to prepare students for professional careers in geoscience, or for more advanced studies. M.S. students may count up to 8 s.h. of research credit toward the 30 s.h. required for the degree. They must earn at least 24 s.h. toward the degree in University of Iowa courses taken after they enroll in the program.

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Environmental Geotechnics Environmental Geotechnics
  • Sep 2016
  • National $ 15,612 per quarter
  • International $ 15,612 per quarter
  • Not specified

Students studying Environmental Geotechnics (EGE) earn a Master of Science in Civil Engineering through Northwestern University's Graduate School.

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Geomechanics Geomechanics
  • Dec 2015
    Not specified
  • Not specified

Students interested in participating in research projects may enroll for up to 6 units in CEE299. Students have flexibility in selecting courses focusing on the area within the program that is of greatest interest to them. Diversity is encouraged.

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Geophysics Geophysics
  • Dec 2015
    Not specified
  • Not specified

Graduate studies in the Department of Geophysics involve academic course work and independent research. Our programs grant Ph.D. and M.S. degrees.

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Applied Geosciences 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 you’re completing your studies, the program also facilitates your preparation for professional licensure and certification processes.

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Applied Science (MAppSc) Applied Science (MAppSc)
  • Feb 2016
  • International € 27,400 per year
  • 12 months

The Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) is a 180-point, coursework postgraduate degree. A candidate would normally be a graduate but the degree is also open to those with other relevant qualifications.

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Economic Geology Economic Geology
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • 24 months

The Master’s Programme in Economic Geology is a collaboration between the departments of Geology and Geophysics and the Mining School of the University of Oulu, with extensive international linkages. The programme will be taught entirely in English and comprises 22 modules, including courses in magmatic, hydrothermal and sedimentary ore deposits, structural geology for economic geologists, mining geology, geometallurgy, sampling methods, GIS applications, as well as environmental geochemistry.

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Geosciences and Geography Geosciences and Geography
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • Non-EEA € 0 per year
  • 24 months

To understand the challenges of tomorrow, we need knowledge of natural resources, condition of the environment and the impact of human actions on it. At the Department of Geosciences and Geography, you will learn a multidisciplinary approach to research, honoring both natural and social sciences.

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Geophysics Geophysics
  • Feb 2016
  • Non-EEA € 15,300 per year
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • 24 months

Earthquakes, groundwater and hydrocarbons are primary concerns for modern human life and also examples of focal areas for a geophysicist. The two-year MSc in Geophysics programme at Aarhus University is taught at the Department of Geoscience and targets students from tertiary education institutions in Denmark and abroad.

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