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Earth Sciences

  • 100% research environment rated 4* or 3* world-leading or internationally excellentResearch Excellence Framework (2021)

Welcome to the Department of Earth Sciences

Our department is internationally recognised for its teaching and research, making it an ideal environment to study.

We pride ourselves on creating an intellectually challenging setting, but one that is also extremely friendly and supportive. You'll work closely every day with leading experts in geoscience research, with access to world-class laboratories and equipment. Add to this the atmosphere at Royal Holloway, with its well-equipped campus in peaceful surroundings close to the global city of London, and you have all the ingredients for success studying Earth Sciences.

A postgraduate degree in Earth Sciences leads to a diversity of career opportunities – in industry and the private sector, and also in universities and the public sector. 

We offer taught postgraduate MSc courses in Energy Geosciences, and Environmental Diagnosis and Management. These courses are supported by industrial studentships and have significant industrial involvement and support. They’re internationally acclaimed and provide excellent employment prospects. Our newest masters in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology focuses on applying geological information in key areas and harnessing natural resources sustainably. We also offer an MSc in Earth Sciences by Research, where you’ll receive training in relevant skills and scientific knowledge.


We offer postgraduate courses in:

MSc Energy Geosciences

MSc Environmental Diagnosis and Management

MSc Earth Sciences by Research

MSc Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology