Research course

Polar and Alpine Change

University of Sheffield · Department of Geography

Entry requirements

For all our courses, you'll need a good 2:1 or first class honours degree in relevant subject areas such as physical geography, environmental/earth/ocean sciences, geology, physics, or natural science. Please provide the following with your application: You'll need to show evidence of engagement with and/or aptitude in geoscientific research in your personal statement. You'll also need to demonstrate this by uploading a research document (such as an undergraduate dissertation report) with your application.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

This MSc(Res) course explores the expressions, mechanisms and impacts of rapid ongoing changes in our planet’s cold regions.

It is aimed at training graduates from a range of scientific disciplines. The course is ideal if you’d like to pursue a research career in cold-regions science — particularly in the disciplines of glaciology, glacial geomorphology, polar climatology/oceanography, environmental science, or polar biogeochemical processes or their intersections.

You'll develop your field skills during a 4–5 week visit to an alpine or arctic region.

Course structure

  • Research Design in Analysis of Environmental Systems
  • Current Issues in Polar and Alpine Environments
  • Arctic/Alpine Field Course
  • Polar and Alpine Change Research Project


  • Lectures
  • Field and lab practicals
  • Seminars
  • Reading groups
  • Workshops


Assessment methods include essays, a research proposal, project reports, oral presentations and poster presentation.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 7900