Top 10 Geology Masters Degree Courses In The UK & Europe

Geology is often called Earth Sciences or Geoscience and there are many institutions that offer the chance to gain a Research Masters in this field. For those without a Geology undergraduate degree, a masters is a gateway to an exciting future in a diverse and expanding field.

Geology is studied around the world and there are plenty of opportunities to study this masters degree overseas.

Here’s our list of the Top 10 Masters Degrees in Geology in the UK and Europe.* 

Masters in Earth Science – ETH Zurich Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Duration: 2 or 3 semesters plus a thesis.
Cost: CHF 580 per semester for all students. 
What You Will Study: Research is an important part of the Masters in Earth Science, and students can focus on one of four topics – Engineering Geology, Geophysics, Mineralogy and Geochemistry, and Geology. This course is taught in English. 

MPhil by Research Thesis in Earth Science – University of Cambridge

Duration: 1 year full time.
Cost: £7,392 for UK and EU students / £25,239 for international students. 
What You Will Study: The University of Cambridge's Earth Science's Department only offers this course as a research masters. Recent research topics have included Igneous, Metamorphic and Volcanic Studies, Mineral Sciences, Geodynamics and Tectonics, and Geophysics.

Master in Earth Structure and Dynamics – Utrecht University

Duration: 2 years full time.
Cost: €2,006 per year for UK & EU students / €18,201 per year for international students. 
What You Will Study: Combining the fields of geology, geophysics, mathematics, physics, and chemistry together with field trips this Masters in Earth Structure and Dynamics teaches students to understand how the processes that are seen above ground start below it. This course is taught in English. 

MSc by Research in Earth Science – University of Bristol

Duration: 1 year full time or part time by agreement.
Cost: £4,185 total cost for UK and EU students / £19,700 total costs for international students. 
What You Will Study: This highly rated Earth Sciences Department at the University of Bristol has a range of topics for research including the Geochemistry, Geophysics, Petrology, Volcanology and Paleobiology. 

MSc in Structural Geology with Geophysics – University of Leeds

Duration: 1 year full time.
Cost: £9,500 for UK and EU students / £23,250 for international students. 
What You Will Study: Students on the MSc in Structural Geology with Geophysics at the University of Leeds will gain the knowledge and understanding to enable them to solve geological problems with structural and geophysical techniques.

MSc by Research in Earth Sciences – Durham University

Duration: 1 year full-time. 
Cost: £4,195 for UK and EU students / £22,000 for international students. 
What You Will Study: Durham University offers an MSc by Research in Earth Sciences, and recent research topics have included Relating Shale Mineralogy & Microstructure to Swelling Activity and 2D or 3D? The Perils and Pitfalls of Stereoscopic Projections. 

MSc in Geoscience – University College London

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time.
Cost: £9,840 for full-time and £4,970 per year for part-time UK and EU students / £27,540 for full-time and £13,770 per year for part-time international students.
What You Will Study: Students at UCL will cover a broad range of subjects suited to their previous study and future plans. Topics include Earth and Planetary Physics, Earth Systems Science, Environment, Palaeobiology and Hydrogeology.

MRes in Marine Geology and Geophysics – University of Southampton

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 to 5 years part time.
Cost: £9,000 total cost for UK and EU students / £20,550 total cost for international students. 
What You Will Study: As a research student at the University of Southampton you will be part of a world-renowned active research group that studies a diverse range of Marine Geology topics.

MSc in Applied Earth Science – Delft University of Technology

Duration: 2 years full time. 
Cost: €2,006 pear year for EU students / €13,942 per year for international students. 
What You Will Study: The course at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands has six specialisms; Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences, Applied Geophysics, Geo-Resource Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Geo-Engineering, and Environmental Engineering. This course is taught in English. 

Masters in Earth Science – University of Bergen

Duration: 2 years full time.
Cost: No tuition fees.
What You Will Study: Students at the University of Bergen will gain a broad understanding of Geology with a focus on one of the following areas; Quaternary Geology and Paleoclimate, Geodynamics, Petroleum Geoscience, Marine Geology and Geophysics, and Geobiology. This course is conducted in English.

*SOURCE: TOP UNIVERSITIES WORLD RANKINGS

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