Research course


Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Geography
MSc by research

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a second class honours degree (or equivalent) in geology, geophysics or a cognate subject.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is offered to prospective students who wish to pursue research in a selected field of the Geological Sciences for a period of one calendar year full time or two calendar years part time and be awarded a Masters degree.

The main focus of the degree programme is an independent research project, chosen by the student, developed into a project proposal through discussion with a chosen supervisor at Royal Holloway. It may be possible to arrange co-supervisors from other Universities, Research Institutes or Industry, to benefit from their specialist expertise. Students will receive training in research skills, including data collection, data handling and analytical techniques as well as transferable and presentation skills. During their studies students may attend taught courses if they are relevant to their training needs and students will have access to the wide range of other training opportunities available in the college including the Researcher Development Programme (RDP). Students may be employed as postgraduate demonstrators if there are opportunities available. In this situation they may attend the course 'Skills of Teaching to Inspire Learning' (inSTIL) which, on successful completion, results in accreditation as an Associate of the Higher Education Academy.

The main outcome of the degree programme is a piece of independent research presented in the form of a dissertation. Upon completion of the programme students will have gained experience of research and presentation of material in the geological sciences which equips them to publish work in international scientific journals.

Prospective students should contact individual members of staff in the department in the first instance to discuss potential research projects. (The research interests of staff are available here.)

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (with a score of 7.0 in the written English component of the test) or a TOEFL score of at least 570.

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator