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Geology with Study Abroad (MSci)

Integrated Masters degree in Science
4 years
Course type
Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton), Highfield
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About this course

Explore the mysteries of the planet and develop an in-depth understanding of the Earth as a complex system. As part of this integrated Masters course, you'll spend your third year studying abroad at a renowned research institution. You'll gain the knowledge and skills for a high-level career in geoscience or to continue your scientific research.

This course will provide you with extensive, in-depth knowledge of geology. You'll explore subjects such as:

  • physical volcanology

  • plate boundary tectonics

  • natural resources and sustainable development

  • marine geology

  • current and past climate change

In the final year, you'll choose a topic and carry out your own research investigation. You'll work with our academic experts and world-class analytical facilities.

Your expertise will be in high demand after you graduate, as we increase our demand for raw materials like:

  • lithium

  • rare earth elements like copper and nickel

  • fossil fuels

  • traditional minerals

With a degree in Geology you can:

  • examine past climate events to help predict climate change

  • develop ways to discover new natural resources and exploit known ones responsibly

  • understand natural hazards and help avoid them

  • study volcanoes and the behaviour of magma

You'll study for a year at a partner institution, including:

  • Pennsylvania State University, USA

  • ETH Zurich, Switzerland

  • University of Bergen, Norway

As part of this course you can:

  • study in a world-leading research institution, National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS)

  • access superb, industry-standard facilities, including the National Oceanographic Library and 150 laboratories

  • go on field trips and residential field courses, both in the UK and abroad

  • gain career benefits through our many links to geological companies

  • develop transferable skills such as teamwork, written and oral communication, planning, presentation, data collection and analysis

Our geology courses are accredited by The Geological Society of London, meaning our teaching is of the highest quality and has been approved by an independent body of academics and industrialists.

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This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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