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Earth Sciences (MRes - Postgraduate Diploma)

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  • Objectives
    This programme teaches the fundamentals of modern research in the earth sciences. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of research skills and try your hand at practical research. Year 1 covers a broad spectrum of techniques in the earth sciences, whereas in Year 2 you will specialise in a particular area through a research project. Those who do not wish to, or who cannot, continue are awarded the Postgraduate Diploma upon successful completion of Year 1. The master’s degree is ideal if you want to undertake a limited amount of supervised research on a shorter timescale than for an MPhil or PhD. This type of master’s degree is rapidly becoming a prerequisite qualification for entry into the earth science professions, all of which contain a strong element of research work. As well as a range of laboratory and IT skills, the degree teaches practice in organising a research project and publishing its results.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements At least a lower second-class honours degree in an earth science subject, or in another subject with work-related experience in earth science.
  • Academic Title
    Earth Sciences (MRes / Postgraduate Diploma)
  • Course description
    Year 1
    Four compulsory courses:

    -Frontiers in Earth Sciences
    -Seminar Course
    -Research Techniques in Earth Sciences
    -Individual Directed Reading.

    Year 2
    -Research project and thesis.


    Teaching
    Lectures, seminars and tutorials are supplemented by laboratory studies and fieldwork.

    Assessment
    Year 1: coursework; examinations in June. Year 2: research project and thesis.

    When to apply
    You should apply as early as possible.
    Please note that intake is every other year; next intake is for the 2008–2009 academic year.

    MRes Earth Sciences (Part-time)

    Study resources
    The School of Earth Sciences is housed with the University College London (UCL) Department of Earth Sciences. Together, the two departments form the UCL–Birkbeck Research School of Earth Sciences, facilitating access to a wide range of research resources and expertise. The Research School offers excellent facilities for research in environmental geology and planetary geology as well as relatively traditional geological and geophysical research.

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