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Earth Sciences MSci (Hons)

Durham University

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  • Qualification

    Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon)

  • Location

    John Snow College

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Earth Sciences is a four-year Masters degree course that has been designed to provide a comprehensive and rigorous education in all aspects of Earth Sciences with the opportunity to interact with staff at the cutting-edge of scientific research. It provides you with the opportunity to follow the Geology (F600) or Environmental Geosciences (F630) or Geophysics with Geology (F662) Geoscience (F643) for the first three years and undertake a detailed independent research project in the area of your choice in the fourth year. The MSci Earth Sciences course incorporates a substantial amount of independent (and group) project work which will involve you in high-level quantitative investigations, in addition to advanced key skills training.If you have been accepted on the BSc degree course you can choose to transfer to the four-year MSci degree in Earth Sciences (F644) at the end of your second year. This will depend on your progress in the first two years.It is suitable if you have a strong interest in research in the Earth Sciences, graduates from this course have secured PhD research positions at prestigious universities worldwide.**Years 1 to 3**(Compulsory and optional modules) You are required to choose modules from one of the routes Geology (F600), Environmental Geosciences (F630), Geophysics with Geology (F662)or Geoscience (F643).**Year 4**Compulsory module: Research ProjectOptional modules: Communicating Science / Earth Science Field Seminar / Earth Sciences into Industry / Geological Evolution and Petroleum Systems of the British Isles IV / Environmental Geochemistry IV / Deformation Processes in the Lithosphere IV / Advanced Geophysics IV / Earth System and Climate IVEarth Structure and Dynamics We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2021 entry from September 2020.For more information on this course, please see our website.

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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£ 28,500per year

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Entry requirements

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A level : AAA

Specific subjects/grades required for entry:Two science subjects. For the Geophysics route, Mathematics or Further Mathematics at A-level at grade B or above, or a comparable qualification in Mathematics is required.Specific subjects excluded for entry:Critical Thinking and General Studies.Information:Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.


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University information

Durham University

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  • Campus address

    Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, England

By inspiring students to do outstanding things at Durham, the university believes they will do outstanding things in the world.
Durham's famous cathedral and castle are at the heart of the city – and the heart of the university – forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Beyond studies, Durham offers a student experience and college life that is truly unique.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    12th out of 30 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    159 72%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80.0 80%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.27 85%



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