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Environmental Geoscience with a Year in Industry MSci

UCAS code F644
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length 5 years full time
Department Earth Sciences »

The knowledge and skills of environmental geoscientists puts them in a prime position to help overcome some of the world’s most pressing concerns, including overpopulation and global industrialisation. This versatile five-year programme will equip you with acute problem-solving skills and a profound understanding of humanity’s relationship with our physical world.

Study Environmental Geoscience with a Year in Industry at Royal Holloway, University of London and you’ll graduate with the knowledge and skillset that will  make you a highly employable candidate to employers in a variety of fields. You’ll also benefit from the valuable workplace experience and professional connections you’ll make during your year in industry, taking them on into the workplace when you graduate.

The Department of Earth Sciences is one of the most prestigious in the country, and is consistently ranked among the UK’s top 10 (The Complete University Guide and The Guardian 2016). Our renowned research culture means that teaching is closely linked to our research strengths, and you’ll contribute your own findings during your final year individual research project.

Environmental Geoscience gives you the opportunity to participate in fieldwork opportunities in the UK and overseas where you will develop your scientific understanding and hands-on experience of environmental, ecological and health issues.

This programme is ideal for those who wish to progress into postgraduate study or a scientific or technical career and is also recommended for those who wish to undertake a broader and deeper study of the subject.

  • Graduate with a Masters degree from a department consistently ranked among the UK’s top 10 (The Complete University Guide and The Guardian 2016)
  • Benefit from a pioneering research culture, with 94% of Department of Earth Sciences research ranked world-leading or internationally excellent – no.2 in the UK. (Research Excellence Framework, 2014).
  • Enjoy extensive fieldwork opportunities in the UK and Europe.
  • Gain invaluable career experience and valuable contacts during your year in industry.
  • Gain a practical skillset geared towards a career in Earth Sciences and other related fields.

Core modules

Year 1

Global Tectonics
Introductory Sedimentology
Environmental Issues with Maths
Igneous and Metamorphic Geology
Physics and Chemistry of Earth
Earth Structures
Introductory Palaeontology
Scientific and Field Skills

Year 2

Stratigraphy and History of Life
Regional Geology
Geohazards
Geochemistry

Year 3

Advanced Concepts and Techniques in Geology
GIS and Remote Sensing
Environmental Geoscience Report
Methods of Environmental Investigation

Year 4

This year will be spent on a work placement. Students are supported by their academic department and the Royal Holloway Careers and Employability Service to find a suitable placement. However, Royal Holloway cannot guarantee that all students who are accepted onto this degree programme will secure a placement, and the ultimate responsibility lies with the student. This year forms an integral part of the degree programme and students will be asked to complete assessed work. The mark for this work will count towards the degree.

Year 5

Individual Environmental Geoscience Project

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

Year 1

Only core modules are taken

Year 2

Sedimentary Basin Analysis
Igenous and Metamorphic Geology
Applied Geophysics
Computational Earth Sciences
Structural Analysis and Remote Sensing
Advance Scientific and Geological Field Skills
Geological Field Skills for Environmental Students

Year 3

Marine Geology
Advanced Topics in Sedimentology
Aqueous Geology
Volcanology
Advanced Techniques in Tectonic and Structural Interpretation
Mineral Resources
Advanced Palaeontology

Year 5

Research Proposal
Water Quality - Diagnosis and Management
Air Pollution - Monitoring, Impacts and Management
Modern Climate Change
Oceans and Atmospheres
Contaminated Land Case Study
Environment Inorganic Analysis
Advanced Igneous Petrogenesis
Seismic Processing and Interpretation
Geodynamics And Plate Tectonics
Interpretation Of Structural Settings
Coal Geology
Reservoir Characterisation
Terrestrial Palaeoecology
Palaeoclimates
Environmental Field Investigations

The course has a modular structure, whereby students take sixteen course units at the rate of four per year. Some course units are compulsory while others are elective, thereby offering flexibility and choice. Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and end-of-year examination in varying proportions, depending on the course units you choose to take. The first year is foundational and marks do not count towards your final degree. The second, third and final year marks do count, with more importance being given to the final year marks in order to reward progress and achievement.

Typical offers

Typical offers
A-levels ABB-BBB
Required/preferred subjects

Required subject: a Science subject (one from Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology or Geography).

The offer given will take into consideration:

  • The educational context in which academic achievements have been gained.
  • Whether the Extended Project Qualification is being taken.

At least five GCSE passes at grade A*-C including English and Mathematics.

All applications will be subject to a selection interview, providing that minimum academic requirements are met.

Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate 6,5,5 at Higher Level including a Science subject (Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Geology or Geography), with a minimum of 32 points overall.
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a science subject. Substantial Maths content required.
BTEC National Diploma Distinction, Distinction in a related subject, plus A2 grade B in a science subject.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Distinction plus A2 grades B, B, one of which must be a science subject.
Welsh Baccalaureate

Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

Scottish Advanced Highers

AB including a Science subject: Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Geology or Geography (only acceptable when combined with the required Scottish Higher grades as published).

Scottish Highers

AABBB (only acceptable when combined with the required Scottish Advanced Higher grades as published).

Irish Leaving Certificate

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3  including H3 in one Science subject.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Pass in a relevant subject with at least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit including minimum of 15 Level 3 credits in Science units at Distinction.

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International and EU entry requirements

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English language
requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall and minimum of 5.5 in each subscore.  For equivalencies please see here

For more information about entry requirements for your country please visit our International pages. For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer an International Foundation Year, run by Study Group at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, students can progress on to selected undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Environmental Geosciences with a Year in Industry at Royal Holloway, University of London is an ideal pathway towards postgraduate study or a scientific or technical career. This thorough five-year programme will see you graduate with an integrated Masters degree in Environmental Geosciences and acquire hands-on knowledge and experience during your year in industry.

The Department retains excellent industry connections, with representatives regularly visiting the campus to provide careers opportunities for current students. All of our Earth Sciences programmes are accredited by the Geological Society, providing graduates with qualifications recognised and respected by employers in a variety of fields.

Our alumni have gone on to careers in many fields including petroleum geology and geotechnical engineering.

  • Gain invaluable experience and make professional connections during your year in industry.
  • Graduate with a desirable Masters degree
  • Jobs fairs, skills workshops and visits from industry representatives provide students with excellent career opportunities.

Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £9,250

International students tuition fee per year 2017/18**: £15,600

Other essential costs***: £120

Costs incurred by students while on a Year in Industry / Business will vary depending on the nature and location of the placement. For further information please contact the Department of Earth Sciences.

How do I pay for it? Find out more.

*Tuition fees for UK and EU nationals starting a degree in the academic year 2017/18 will be £9,250 for that year. This amount is subject to the UK Parliament approving a change to fee and loan regulations that has been proposed by the UK Government. In the future, should the proposed changes to fee and loan regulations allow it, Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for UK and EU nationals annually. If relevant UK legislation continues to permit it, Royal Holloway will maintain parity between the tuition fees charged to UK and EU students for the duration of their degree studies.

**Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for international fee paying students annually. Tuition fees are unlikely to rise more than 5 per cent each year. For further information on tuition fees please see Royal Holloway’s Terms & Conditions.

***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.

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