Taught course

Geochemistry (MSc)

Institution
University of St Andrews · Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a subject-related area.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Course information

The MSc in Geochemistry is a full-time taught postgraduate programme run by the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Geochemistry is a fundamental discipline within the Earth
 Sciences, providing the techniques and knowledge to address such fundamental questions as:

  • What are the rates and drivers of climate change, both past and present?
  • How do we assess and remediate environmental degradation?
  • Was there ever life on Mars?
  • How do planets form?

The course is comprehensive and rigorous, comprising compulsory and optional taught modules, field work, short courses, and a research dissertation. Hands-on experience developing a diverse set of laboratory skills is embedded into the course.

Highlights

  • The MSc provides preparation for pursuing a PhD through a lab-based research dissertation, or employment in industry by incorporating applied economic and environmental geochemistry modules and the possibility of industry-sponsored research.
  • Teaching and supervision spans a wide range of expertise in the field of geochemistry, underpinned by state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.
  • The course introduces academic- and industry-standard software for robust geochemical modelling and statistical analysis of data.
  • The School upholds a collegiate, dynamic and research-intensive atmosphere that encourages, and is supportive of, all students.

Teaching format

The MSc degree requires two semesters of full-time (or four semesters part-time) coursework, normally equivalent to a total of nine taught modules, and a 15,000-word dissertation, usually completed over the summer semester. The assessment for the taught modules is based on coursework and written examinations.

Modules

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please our website; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,450
International students
EU£9,450  Overseas: £23,090

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Secretary
Email
earthsci@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1334 46 3940