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

Geodynamics Geodynamics, M.Sc.
  • Any time
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • International € 0 per year
  • 24 months

Geodynamic processes may be studied on three different scales: global, regional and local. Global processes taking place in the Earth's interior are closely linked to geological processes on the Earth's surface, where plate tectonics plays a central role. University of Bergen offers the MS in Geodynamics programme.

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Marine Geology and Geophysics Marine Geology and Geophysics, M.Sc.
  • Any time
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • International € 0 per year
  • 24 months

The Master program in Marine Geology and Geophysics consists of acquisition and interpretation of geophysical data (seismic, bathymetry, gravimetric and magnetic measurements) and geological sampling of marine sediments and rocks. Analysis of sediment cores provides insight in composition, origin and age of marine deposits, as well as information on paleo-climate and former ocean currents.

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Geochemistry and Geobiology Geochemistry and Geobiology, M.Sc.
  • Any time
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • International € 0 per year
  • 24 months

The Geochemistry and geobiology study from University of Bergen includes different topics within the interactions between magmatic, metamorphic, hydrothermal, geochemical and biological processes in modern and ancient geological time, biological and (bio)geochemical processes in marine sediments, sedimentary provenance, and weathering reactions and aquatic geochemistry.

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Geology-Geoscience Geology-Geoscience, M.Sc.
  • Sep 2017
  • International € 7,390 per semester
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • 24 months

Geology-Geoscience is concerned with the Earth, geological materials, processes and structures, as well as the study of the history of the Earth and of life on Earth within a temporal framework. The MSc Programme in Geology-Geoscience programme from University of Copenhagen is a research-based study programme, the objective of which is to provide you with knowledge, skills and competencies within the central subjects of the programme.

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Geophysics Geophysics, M.Sc.
  • Any time
  • International € 13,500 per year
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • 24 months

The MSc in Geophysics at Aarhus University provides a compelling learning experience. Students get to choose their own specific area of focus while exploring a variety of fields including quaternary structures and materials, groundwater aquifers, the structure and dynamics of the lithosphere, the development of sedimentary basins, and the numerical modelling of geodata.

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Marine Geosciences Marine Geosciences, M.Sc.
  • Oct 2017
  • International $ 8,900 per year
  • 24 months

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.

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Graduate Pathway in Geology Graduate Pathway in Geology, Pre-Master
  • Jan 2017
  • Aug 2017
  • 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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Economic Geology Economic Geology, M.Sc.
  • Any time
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • International € 10,000 per year
  • 24 months

The Economic Geology programme at the University of Oulu 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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Applied Marine Geoscience Applied Marine Geoscience, M.Sc.
  • Sep 2017
  • 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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Geology Geology, M.Sc.
  • Feb 2017
  • International € 13,500 per year
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • 24 months

The MSc in Geology at Aarhus University is a flexible, research-centred programme that encourages students to explore their own interests both in the lab and in the field. The programme includes most classic geological disciplines in new and modern guises. Students have the chance to customise their research within the programme so as to suit their own personal and professional interests.

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Technical Geology Technical Geology, M.Sc.
  • Feb 2017
  • International € 13,500 per year
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • 24 months

The MSc in Technical Geology at Aarhus University is multidisciplinary programme, with courses shared between Aarhus University’s Department of Geoscience and School of Engineering. Within the programme, students will have a chance to dig into nuanced questions about the Earth and its foundation. They will be able to pursue a specialisation in geotechnics, sedimentology, hydrology, hydrogeophysics, or soil and water chemistry.

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