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 Times Good University Guide 2018), 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.
- Develop an in-depth understanding of the complex systems that govern our planet
- Enjoy extensive fieldwork opportunities.
- Contribute to our renowned research culture with your year 4 Independent Geoscience Project.
- Gain practical skills geared towards a career in Earth Sciences and other related fields.
- Graduate with an integrated Masters degree in Earth Sciences.
Core ModulesYear 1
- Global Tectonics
- Introductory Sedimentology
- Igneous and Metamorphic Geology
- Physics and Chemistry of the Earth
- Earth Structures
- Introductory Palaeontology
- Scientific and Geological Field Skills
- Stratigraphy and the History of Life
- Regional Geology
- Igneous and Metamorphic Geology
- Advanced Scientific and Field Skills
Year of International Study
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.
- Advanced Concepts and Techniques in Geology
- Geological Mapping 1
- Independent Geoscience Project
- Formation and Evolution of the continents
- Evolution of the Modern Earth
- Field and Research Skills
- Geological Mapping 2
Optional ModulesYear 1
- Environmental Issues with Maths
- Petroleum Geology with Maths
- Sedimentary Basin Analysis
- Applied Geophysics
- Computational Earth Sciences
- Structural Analysis and Remote Sensing
- All modules are core
Teaching & assessment
This course has a modular structure, whereby students take sixteen course units at the rate of four per year. Some modules are compulsory while others are optional, thereby offering flexibility and choice.
Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and end-of-year examination in varying proportions, depending on the modules 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.
A Levels: ABB
Acceptable Science subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Geography, Biology. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.
Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A - levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required. Socio - economic factors which may have impacted an applicant's education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants.
Other UK Qualifications
International & EU requirements
English language requirements
All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start.
The scores we require
- IELTS: 6.5 overall. No subscore lower than 5.5.
- Pearson Test of English: 61 overall. Writing 54. No subscore lower than 51.
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE III.
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.
For more information about country-specific entry requirements for your country please visit here. For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer an International Foundation Year, run by Study Group at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, students can progress on to selected undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Your future career
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.
Fees & funding
Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £9250
The fee for your international year will be 15% of the tuition fee for that academic year.
International students tuition fee per year**: £18900
The fee for your international year will be 20% of the tuition fee for that academic year.
Other essential costs***: £100 for a set of essential field work equipment, for example a hard hat, compass. £150 per year contribution towards field trip costs.
*The tuition fee for UK and EU undergraduates is controlled by Government regulations, and for students starting a degree in the academic year 2018/19 will be £9,250 for that year. The UK Government has confirmed that EU students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018/19 will pay the same level of fee as a UK student for the duration of their degree.
**Fees for international students may increase year-on-year in line with the rate of inflation. The policy at Royal Holloway is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see fees and funding and our terms and 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.