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Geoscience with a Year of International Study MSci

UCAS code F602
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length 4 years full time
Department Earth Sciences »

Geoscientists are concerned with a blend of scientific disciplines – including biology, physics, chemistry and mathematics – to better understand planet Earth and the processes that continue to shape our world and all life within.

Study Geoscience with a Year of International Study at Royal Holloway, University of London and you’ll enjoy a year spent studying abroad in a partner university in Canada, the United States, Australia or New Zealand – further developing your skills and broadening your life experiences.

Here at Royal Holloway you’ll study in a department consistently ranked among the UK’s top 10 (The Complete University Guide and The Guardian 2016), where and contribute to our leading research culture as you work towards your degree.

You’ll graduate with a Master of Science in a field with excellent graduate employability prospects. The research and practical skills you’ll develop along the way will make you a highly employable candidate in a variety of sectors, and leave you well placed for further postgraduate study.

  • Spend a year of international study in a partner university in Canada, the United States, Australia or New Zealand.
  • 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.

Core modules

Year 1

Global Tectonics
Introductory Sedimentology
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
Igneous and Metamorphic Geology
Geochemistry
Advanced Scientific and Geological Field Skills

Year 3

This year will be spent studying abroad. Royal Holloway has a number of formal partnerships with institutions in Europe and further afield. Students should be aware that placement at a host institution is a competitive process involving an application to the university abroad and this process is supported by Royal Holloway. This year forms an integral part of the degree programme. Marks obtained for courses taken at the institution abroad will be credited towards their degree.

Geological Mapping 1

Year 4

Independent Geoscience Project

Geological Mapping 2

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

Environmental Issues with Maths
Petroleum Geology with Maths

Year 2

Sedimentary Basin Analysis
Geohazards
Applied Geophysics
Computational Earth Sciences
Structural Analysis and Remote Sensing

Year 4

Research Proposal and Critical Review
Earth Surface Processes
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
Advanced Igneous Petrogenesis and Project
Seismic Processing and Interpretation
Geodynamics and Plate Tectonics
Interpretation of Structural Settings
Reservoir Characterisation
Terrestrial Palaeoecology
Palaeoclimates
Research Skills

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 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.

Recent alumni have progressed to rewarding careers in fields including the hydrocarbon and mineral extraction industries and environmental professions, among others. Study Geoscience with a Year of International Study and you’ll be well placed to do the same, progressing to a scientific or technical career or to further academic study.

The skills and experience you’ll gain in this thorough MSci programme will make you a highly employable candidate for a broad range of potential employers. All Department of Earth Sciences programmes are accredited by the Geological Society as a fast track route to Fellowship with professional recognition as a Chartered Geologist. 

  • The Department hosts jobs fairs, skills workshops and visits from industry representatives providing students with excellent career opportunities.
  • 90% of graduates are in work or further education within six months of graduating.
  • Graduate with a Masters degree in a sector with high employability prospects.

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

The cost of your year studying abroad will vary by country. Typical living costs to consider will be accommodation, food and household items, entertainment, travel, books and bills (including your mobile phone). You'll also need to budget for travel to and from your country of study. Additional costs compared to studying in the UK will also depend on personal choices, and it is important to research the cost of living before the year commences.

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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