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Environmental Geoscience MSci

UCAS code F631
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length 4 years full time
Department Earth Sciences »

Population growth, global industrialisation and other related issues are putting our planet under unprecedented strain. As an Environmental Geoscientist you'll be in a position to apply both acute problem-solving skills and the profound understanding of humanity’s relationship with the planet required to help overcome some of our most significant threats.

This four-year programme gives you a thorough understanding of environmental geoscience, and is an ideal preparation to progress into postgraduate study or a scientific or technical career.

The Department of Earth Sciences is consistently ranked among the country’s top 10 (The Complete University Guide and The Guardian 2016). As an Environmental Geoscience student you'll contribute to our leading research and work alongside our expert academics in a friendly, community-focussed department.

Participating in exciting fieldwork opportunities in the UK and overseas will develop your scientific understanding and hands-on experience of environmental, ecological and health issues. Choose from a range of optional modules in years two, three and four, tailoring your learning experience to fit your interests and career ambitions.

You’ll graduate with an integrated Masters (MSci) degree from one of the UK’s most highly-regarded departments, with the practical and research skills you need to pursue a rewarding career in your chosen field.

This programme has been developed to lead students to posgraduate study and and is also recommended for those who wish to undertake a broader and deeper study of the subject. It will prepare you for careers in petroleum geology, environmental engineering, geographic analysis and other exciting sectors. 

  • 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 a practical skillset geared towards a career in Earth Sciences and other related fields.
  • Become a part of a friendly, community-focussed department with a high staff-to-student ratio.

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

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 4

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, with students taking sixteen course units at the rate of four per year. Some course units are compulsory while others are elective, thereby providing 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, whereas the second year, year abroad 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. Royal Holloway offers an International Foundation Programme and pre-sessional English language courses, allowing students to further develop their study skills and English language before starting their undergraduate degree.

Environmental Geoscience (MSci) at Royal Holloway, University of London is geared towards leading students to further postgraduate study and to scientific or technical careers in the Earth Sciences. You’ll graduate with a Masters degree , as well as a practical skillset that will prove attractive to employers in a variety of sectors. The Department retains excellent industry connections, with representatives regularly visiting the campus to provide careers opportunities for current students.

Our alumni have gone on to achieve rewarding careers in Earth Sciences and other related disciplines.

  • 90% of graduates in work or further education within six months of graduating.
  • 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..
  • 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

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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