Applicants should have a First- or Second-class UK Honours degree, or an equivalent international qualification, in a biological, chemical, earth, ecological, engineering, environmental, marine or physical science subject, together with strongly supportive references.
Relevant work experience within the environmental sector is desirable but not essential. Applicants with strong professional experience and other qualifications should contact the MSc Course Director for guidance.
International applicants whose native language is not English must also have certified proficiency in English equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5. Pre-MSc, residential English language workshops at RHUL may be required for applicants who fall marginally short.
UK based applicants meeting the entry requirements are informally interviewed during an Open Day, or for international applicants, by video conference.
Successful applicants will possess high motivation and initiative, relevant academic and vocational experience, good ICT skills, and relevant experience of practical laboratory- and field-work.
To avoid delays during the application process, applicants should submit the following by August 8, 2017:
- Fully completed online application form
- Cover letter (or personal statement) with current CV (or resumé)
- Two letters of reference: one from an academic, the other from another academic or a professional colleague
- Copies of educational transcripts and qualifications (UK applicants and those taught in English)
- Certified English translations of educational transcripts and qualifications (EU and international applicants)
- Certified copies of English language qualifications (EU and international applicants)
This is particularly important to allow sufficient time to secure scholarships, obtain a visa to live and study in the UK, and to organise accommodation.
Applicants should apply online using Royal Holloway Direct, and are advised to view details of student accommodation and student support.
For 2017-18, there will be places for 20 students on the course.
2017-18 Interview Days will be held to suit applicants.
Applicants are invited to view our first-class teaching and research facilities, tour the campus, discuss the MSc, and have an informal interview. Open Days commence in the Department of Earth Sciences in the Queen's Building; they are hosted by the MSc Course Director, who also conducts the interviews.
11.00 Welcome & Presentation: Course links with the environmental sector; structure & content; teaching methods; research projects; fees & funding; employment records; application process; questions and comments
12.00 Lunch & Guided Tour of Campus: Accommodation; Catering Facilities; Sport Centre & Students Union; Founders & Windsor Building; Computing & Careers Centres; Management Auditorium & Bedford Library
13.00 Guided Tour of Department: Teaching rooms & computing facilities; research laboratories & analytical facilities
13.30 Informal Interviews: Applicants to determine the order
Please contact the MSc Course Director if you wish to attend an Open Day, even if you have not already applied.
The postcode of RHUL is TW20 0EX. Campus plan (PDF)
RHUL lies on the A30, about 1 mile south-west of Egham, and 2 miles from J13 of the M25. Exit the M25 at J13 and take the A30 to Bagshot and Camberley. At the roundabout take the second exit. At the next roundabout, take the second exit and continue on the A30 up Egham Hill. RHUL is on the left.
The Department of Earth Sciences is housed within the Queen’s Building (35 on the Campus map). Visitor parking is available in Car Parks 4, 6 and 9. Prior to your visit please contact the EDM MSc Co-ordinator with vehicle registration details.
South West Trains run frequent weekday services to Egham from London Waterloo (35-40 mins), Woking (30-35 mins, change at Weybridge), and Reading (30-35 mins). Intercity train links are at Reading and several stations in London. During term, a RHUL bus service runs between Egham train station and the Campus.
Heathrow Airport is approximately 8 miles from RHUL. Black cabs are available but it is more economical to book a local taxi in advance .
Rail-air bus 285 runs to Feltham train station every 15 mins, with Egham train station a further 10 mins. Bus 441 runs from Heathrow Central to RHUL approximately every hour.
Gatwick Airport is approximately 40 miles from RHUL. Black cabs are available but it is more economical to book a local taxi in advance as above. Alternately, take a train to Clapham Junction and then to Egham, or take the Speedlink bus to Heathrow and proceed as above.
Campus plan (PDF)