Entry requirements * English language requirements: For applicants whose first language is not English, the University’s minimum English language requirement is a TOEFL score (paper-based test) of at least 550 with 4.0 on the Test of Written English TWE or 220 with 4.0 on essay writing (computer based test) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with not less than 5.5 in listening and reading, not less than 5.0 in speaking and writing. * Academic entry requirements: The course will appeal to graduates in the geological, environmental, and/or chemical sciences provided they have an adequate background in geology or chemistry,. Candidates with a second class honours degree or better will normally attend the course over twelve months, commencing late September each year. Candidates with lower qualifications may be admitted in exceptional circumstances, for example if they possess sufficient relevant experience. Such candidates may be required to take a preliminary period of study, up to one year in duration, prior to commencing the main MSc course.
Geochemistry is concerned with the processes that control the distribution, movement and concentration/dispersion of the elements within the Earth in space and time. It has practical applications in every area of Earth science, for example in finding and exploiting mineral deposits, hydrocarbons and other raw materials, in controlling the quality of water resources, in waste disposal, and in the growing field of environmental chemistry.
The course is intended to provide a concentrated one-year training in Geochemistry to enable an appropriate graduate (geologist, chemist or environmental scientist) to work professionally in Geochemistry or to be suitably prepared to start a research degree in Geochemistry.
The School of Earth and Environment provides a stimulating learning experience for students of earth, environmental science and environmental management. Our research was rated as grade 5 in the HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise. We have over 80 academic staff in the school covering a wide variety of research which is undertaken by four institutes within the School.
* Sustainability Research Institute is dedicated to the development and application of interdisciplinary environmental analysis in realisation of the principles of sustainable development:
* Institute of Atmospheric Science is dedicated to understanding the physical and chemical processes that govern the behaviour of Earth's atmosphere. Atmospheric processes are investigated using numerical models and field and laboratory experiments from the Earth's surface to the stratosphere.
* Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics is dedicated to understanding the structure and evolution of the Earth and neighbouring planets. Detection and measurement of resources in the crustal layer and understanding of geological hazard; measurement of gravity, magnetism, seismic waves and electrical properties, theoretical and computer modelling, and surface structural mapping.
* Institute for Geological Sciences researches the physical, biological and geochemical processes to understand controls on the modern environment (both land and sea) and how man is affecting that system.
What you study
The course comprises 180 credits overall with 150 credits of compulsory modules (including 60 Credit Research Project) plus 30 credits of options, which include modules covering management and legal aspects.
These cover a range of theoretical, applied and practical aspects of geochemistry together with an individual project which leads to the submission of a dissertation, the main purpose of which is to show that a student can organise, carry out and write up a piece of work of their own choosing. These projects are often designed and carried in association with outside bodies such as private industry, public authorities or government laboratories.
The course takes place mainly within the School of Earth & Environment, with some optional modules in other relevant departments. It normally begins in late September and consists of:
* Two terms of lectures and laboratory classes.
* Approximately four months (May to August) of individual work leading to the submission of a dissertation at the end of August.
* A series of supervised field courses throughout the year, but largely undertaken during the first two terms, including the Easter vacation.
The course is assessed by a combination of written examination, continuous assessment, marked reports and seminar presentations and the dissertation. Written examinations are held after the Christmas break in January and in April. The dissertation is examined at the end of September; all candidates present a seminar on their thesis project in the presence of the External Examiner and will be expected to answer questions on their project at an oral examination