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MSc Quaternary Science

The MSc degree in Quaternary Science offers comprehensive and flexible postgraduate training in the established yet dynamic field of Quaternary Science, with the academic emphasis being on the time-dependent processes affecting environmental change.  The MSc is taught by members of the Centre for Quaternary Research (CQR) at Royal, a leading interdisciplinary research centre in the field of Quaternary Science. Expertise within the group covers geochronology, palaeoenvironmental proxies, sedimentology and stratigraphy, human evolution, tephrochronology and palaeoclimatology amongst others, as well as a range of technical skills such as micromorphology and stable isotope analysis.  We are in a unique position to convey research knowledge, experience and skills that will have direct relevance to employability, as well as research training for further education, namely doctoral research.  This University of London degree complies fully with the QAA Descriptors for a Master’s Level qualification as 100% of its learning outcomes are at the advanced (M) level.  Further details are available here   

The aims of the MSc Quaternary Science are:

·        To provide a conversion programme for students of, for example, Biology, Physical Geography, Geology, Ecology, Archaeology, Oceanography, Environmental Science who wish to develop or augment a background in global environmental history and processes.

·        To provide a training programme for students intending to progress to a PhD who require fundamental training in appropriate palaeoenvironmental, stratigraphical and/or quantitative principles and methods.

·        To provide a vocational programme for teachers and professional scientists who desire or require a fuller understanding of the time-dependent elements of environmental change as essential context for their career.

Past students of the course are now employed by national scientific policy making and implementing agencies such as Natural England, the British Geological Survey and the Environment Agency, within government Research Councils, science publishing, higher education institutions, and as teachers and researchers. Many of our alumni are also currently undertaking doctoral programmes in the UK and abroad.





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