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Keele University: Geosciences Research

Institution Keele University View institution profile
Department School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
Telephone 01782 734010
Study type Taught


Our MSc in Geoscience Research is a research-focused masters programme designed to develop generic and subject specific research skills over a broad range of disciplines within Geology and Geoscience, providing a strong educational background for a career in research and development, or the public or private sector.

The programme is designed to develop generic research skills such as a critical evaluation, research design, scientific writing, data management, literature reviews, reflective practice and science communication, alongside subject-specific research skills such as fieldwork, laboratory skills, data collection, data analysis and interpretation. As part of the course, you will undertake an extended research project – you can see the available projects on our website.

The aim of the programme is that on completion you will be able to:

  • demonstrate systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights at the forefront of the chosen research area in Geology or Geoscience;
  • critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in your chosen area of Geology or Geoscience;
  • demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, and how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in Geology or Geoscience;
  • evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, propose new hypotheses;
  • deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level;
  • demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring: the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility; decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations; the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Our programme has an excellent track record of graduates entering employment in the Geography, Geology and Environment sector or moving on to PhD programmes. We also strongly encourage our students and graduates to publish their work in peer-reviewed journals where appropriate. See our 'Careers' section for more information.


Keele University


Situated at the heart of England, we are world-renowned for our breath of teaching and research that tackles the world’s most urgent problems. Founded in 1949, we value our excellence in teaching as highly as our global research. We are committed to providing our students with outstanding teaching facilities which include the David Attenborough Laboratories and Keele Business School. Our 600-acre green campus is close to the town of Newcastle-under-Lyme and the city of Stoke-on-Trent which offers great links to major cities by train with Manchester and Birmingham only 45 minutes away and London …

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