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Entry requirements

BSc in Gemmology or associated subject (e.g. mineralogy or geology)

Months of entry

September

Course content

Our Master's programme gives you the tools and techniques necessary to undertake research at the forefront of your chosen gemmological area. Based in custom designed facilities within Birmingham’s Assay Office, in the historic Jewellery Quarter, you will have access to equipment more commonly seen in research laboratories, and, through our network of contacts, potential access to a greater range of tools.

This course encourages you to investigate gemmological questions and theories, by way of literature-based peer-reviewed research and practical testing. You'll be supported throughout your studies by our experienced tutors, with a wealth of knowledge and experience between them - all recognised industry professionals.
As well as learning important skills for your future career development from our practical modules, you’ll learn valuable research techniques and analytical skills, which will stand you in good stead with future potential employers. You will also benefit from the extensive network of gemmologists through our contacts in various organisations across the globe, including laboratories, museum, auction houses and various other related sectors.

Information for international students

International students must hold a qualification recognised as graduate status and agreed by the Academic Registrar. They must also have appropriate English language skills.

Candidates may be admitted without a first degree via APEL/APL subject to agreement of the Academic Registrar, eg high level of educational, industrial, or professional experience.
IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 min in all bands.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,000 per year
International students
£16,300 per year

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Full-time with professional placement: 18 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries Team
Email
courseenquiries@bcu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)121 331 5595