GeoSciences (Individual Project) MScR
Study modes: Full-time, Part-time
Programme website: GeoSciences (Individual Project)
This masters by research programme is an opportunity to carry out a substantial piece of research in any of the following major branches of geosciences:
- Atmospheric Science
- Climate Change
- Ecological Sciences
- Environmental Geochemistry
- Environmental Geoscience
- Environmental Sustainability
- Exploration Geophysics
- Human Geography
- Petroleum Geology
- Physical Geography
- Remote Sensing
The programme aims to provide a structured approach to basic research training, allowing you to explore an area of research that may be subsequently developed into a PhD. You may also have the opportunity to develop links with research projects at national and international levels.
The School has the largest geoscience research group in the UK, with about 370 academics and researchers. The ambition and quality of our research was reflected in the latest Research Assessment Exercise, where 66% of our research was rated within the top two categories: world-leading and internationally excellent.
All research students are affiliated to one research institute, which provides a forum for the development of ideas, collaboration, and dissemination of results, and an environment for training, development and mentoring of research students and early-career researchers. Our research institutes each have a very active seminar series drawing distinguished external guests as well as internal speakers, and you will be encouraged to attend and participate.
The programme allows you to work on research throughout the year, with your work being judged solely on your final dissertation. You can follow taught courses by arrangement with your supervisor, but none are required.
The degree will be awarded based on the assessment of the dissertation.
Courses can be audited from any postgraduate courses offered by the School of GeoSciences. It may be possible, after discussion with your supervisor, to undertake courses offered in other schools.
As a research student affiliated to a research institute, you will benefit from an excellent peer-supported network.
As a grouping of researchers with related interests, the institute provides a forum for development of ideas, collaboration, and dissemination of results, and an environment for training, development and mentoring of research students and early career researchers.
These entry requirements are for the 2022/23 academic year and requirements for future academic years may differ. Entry requirements for the 2023/24 academic year will be published on 3 October 2022.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent.
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
English language requirements
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.
English language tests
We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified*:
- IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
- TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 100 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
- CAE and CPE: total 185 with at least 169 in each component.
- Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components.
- PTE Academic: 62 overall with at least 59 in each component.
Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, Trinity ISE or PTE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
(*Revised 17 November 2021 to add accepted PTE Academic qualifications.)
Degrees taught and assessed in English
We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:
We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.
If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.
Find out more about our language requirements:
Additional programme costs
Additional programme costs (APCs) will depend on the research costs associated with your chosen project and will depend on the study mode (full-time or part-time).
Students on this programme should typically expect to pay £1000 a year.
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UK government postgraduate loans
If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments.
The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on:
- your programme
- the duration of your studies
- your tuition fee status
Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.
Other funding opportunities
Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:
Select your programme and preferred start date to begin your application.
MSc by Research GeoSciences (Individual Project) - 1 Year (Full-time)
MSc by Research GeoSciences (Individual Project) - 2 Years (Part-time)
We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible.