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Masters Courses

The world is suffering the consequences of around 1.2°C of man-made warming to date. The shift to a neutral carbon economy is gathering pace and the Earth Sciences play a pivotal role in that transition. Highly trained Geologists and Geophysicists are needed to source essential raw materials and to identify optimal sites for the subsurface storage of carbon dioxide, nuclear waste and hydrogen, and extraction of heat in the form of naturally occurring subsurface geothermal energy.

Our masters courses will give you the skills to play a leading role in the energy transition and help you to stand out in today’s competitive job market. An active research environment enables us to offer you a range of exciting courses taught by experts who are leaders in their fields. You’ll be directly engaged in research through substantial individual and team-based project work when you may benefit from accessing our specialist facilities.

Our Industrial Advisory Committees help ensure our courses are up-to-date with the modern practices and techniques that will enable you to succeed in industry.

Field and Laboratory classes, traditional lectures, seminars and project work allow you to gain hands-on experience, investigating and applying material from your lectures and tutorials to real-life work situations.

To search our programme of taught masters programmes please click on the links below:

We also offer Masters degrees by research.  If you're intending to pursue a career that requires an understanding of research, then this could be the degree for you. It gives you the opportunity to experience research within one year full time, (or two years part time) and to present a thesis, so it is the perfect spring board for a PhD programme.  If you are interested in this type of degree, please identify a research area of interest and approach the academic lead, review our pre-defined projects here or contact us.

Funding opportunities are available, please see here for details.

Research Degrees

Whether you’re looking to begin an academic career or want to develop your skills and expertise for a career in industry, studying for a PhD will stimulate your passion for your subject and push you to reach your potential.

You’ll join a friendly, supportive and diverse community of postgraduate researchers who come from all over the world. The range of careers open to you once you’ve finished your PhD is broad.

We offer PhDs in all our research areas, you can approach any of the academics listed on this site directly to discuss a project.  Funded projects are offered through our joint industry projects and government funding agencies.  All research opportunities are listed on the University Research Opportunities website.

We also lead a number of Doctoral Training Programmes.  These are 4 year PhD programmes which aim to train tomorrow's leading researchers to address problems for the benefit of society. Our academics contribute to a number of Doctoral Training Programmes including the Panorama NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, the Centre for Satellite Data in Environmental Science (SENSE) and the White Rose ESRC Doctoral Training Centre.

Information about fees and funding can be found here.