Research course

Polar and Alpine Change

University of Sheffield · Department of Geography

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a good upper second-class honours undergraduate degree showing first-class potential (notably in research) from a UK university (or an international equivalent) in relevant subject areas including (but not restricted to): physical geography, environmental/earth/ocean sciences, geology, physics, and natural science.

Months of entry


Course content

This unique course prepares you for a research career in cold-regions science, notably within the disciplines of glaciology, glacial geomorphology, polar climatology/oceanography, environmental science, polar biogeochemical processes, or their intersections. We train graduates from a range of scientific disciplines.

The programme’s underlying theme is contemporary, as its key interest is to explore the expressions, mechanisms and impacts of rapid ongoing changes in our planet’s cold regions.

An integral part of the course is the Arctic/Alpine field course, which is usually in the summer towards the end of the academic year. The costs for this field course are not included in the tuition fee. You'll gain an in-depth knowledge of the location you visit. You'll also develop skills in relevant research approaches and techniques.

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Information for international students

English language requirements

Overall score of IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component.

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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