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

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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Applied Marine Geoscience M.Sc. Applied Marine Geoscience
  • 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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Graduate Pathway in Geology Pre-Master Graduate Pathway in Geology
  • 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 M.Sc. Economic Geology
  • Any time
  • EEA € 0
  • International € 0
  • 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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Structural Geology with Geophysics M.Sc. Structural Geology with Geophysics
  • Sep 2017
  • 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 2017
  • 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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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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Geoscience M.Sc. Geoscience
  • Any time
  • EEA £ 9,800 per year
  • International £ 18,300 per year
  • 48 months

The Geoscience programme at 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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Geology-Geoscience M.Sc. Geology-Geoscience
  • 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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University of Colorado at Boulder

M.A. Geological Sciences
  • Sep 2017
  • National $ 6,840 per year
  • International $ 14,850 per year
  • 24 months

Geology is a science concerned with the earth—its relationship to the solar system, its origin and developmental history, its structure and composition, its dynamic processes and its evolution. Geology also relates to human endeavors and needs, including the use of natural resources, the preservation of the environment, global change and the mitigation of geologic hazards.

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