Taught course

Volcanology and the Environment

Institution
Lancaster University · Lancaster Environment Centre
Qualifications
MSc

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Entry requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Geology, Earth Science, Natural Science or Environmental Science or similar.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Volcanoes threaten millions worldwide and improved hazard mitigation is a high priority. Our well-established MSc allows you to study alongside leading volcanologists in one of the largest groups of environmental scientists in the UK.

This MSc is ideal preparation for PhD research or work in the environment/geoscience sector and is suitable for students with a wide range of first degrees including Geography, Geology, and Environmental Science, and even Engineering or Physics.

As well as gaining a strong theoretical grounding, you will spend time in the laboratory and in the field, including field trips to study volcanic rocks in the nearby Lake District and a highly popular field module on Mount Etna.

You will study six taught modules, which include the core module in physical volcanology, plus optional modules that provide broader learning and practical skills in areas of particular benefit to aspiring volcanologists and geo/environmental professionals. Modules are taught by world experts from Lancaster Environment Centre and our partner institutions.

You will join our active volcanology group and conduct an independent dissertation research project under supervision from an internationally recognized researcher, taking advantage of our well-equipped experimental and geochemical laboratories. Within our group there are additional opportunities to participate in seminars, workshops and discussions.

Examples of previous dissertation topics are:

  • Lava delta formation at Thórólfsfell basaltic tuya, South Iceland
  • Analogue modelling of volcanic edifice deformation
  • Lava flow modelling at Nyiragongo, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Regimes of explosive volcanism in the solar system
  • Textural evolution of tuffisite veins
  • Sill-sediment interactions at Honister, Cumbria and generation of peperitic textures

Information for international students

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Fees and funding

Learn more at our fees and funding page

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Coordinator
Email
pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1524 592032