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Environmental Geoscience MRes Newcastle University




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Course info


The programme is strongly research-focused. You will develop the advanced skills and knowledge required for further academic study or research-focused industry roles.

About this course

The programme spans all aspects of environmental geosciences, including:

climate change
environmental monitoring and management

You'll choose your own unique pathway and develop your skills and interests within environmental geoscience. You will explore these ideas in-depth, via your dissertation, which lets you lead and develop a research project at the forefront of research. This will be supported by expert academics from across the environmental geosciences at Newcastle University.

You will gain the advanced research skills from our scientific skills module. Our broad range of optional modules allow you to pursue your interests and build a unique portfolio of skills and knowledge.

You will gain the advanced skills required to conduct research within environmental geoscience. This will provide excellent preparation for those interested in a research-focused job and/or further academic study. Potential roles include:

environmental consultancy
environmental management
government agencies (eg Natural England)
GIS / remote sensing consultancy
further postgraduate study (PhD)

To help guide your choices, you attend a bespoke careers fair, which focuses on geography and environmental geoscience jobs. The fair will have a range of relevant employers and break-out sessions where you can talk to our recent alumni or meet entrepreneurs.

What you'll learn

Research skills

On completing the programme you will have the:

skills to formulate and test research questions and hypotheses
capacity to identify and evaluate appropriate research methods and techniques
skills to synthesise complex information and key theories within their area of study

Data analysis & practical skills

On completing the programme you will have the:

understanding of key concepts, theories and ideas, within your area of interest
knowledge of a range of appropriate, advanced methods used within environmental geosciences, and the capability to apply them to address a research question
ability to acquire, process and analyse relevant scientific datasets
proficiency in a range of quantitative data analysis techniques
advanced IT skills and capability with specialist software

Your development

During the Environmental Geoscience programme, you will develop a number of key transferable skills, which are vital for your future career, including:

being able to communicate to a high standard, via written material and oral presentations, to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
being able to work effectively as a member of a team
the ability to deal with complex issues, both systematically and creatively
being able to demonstrate self-direction and originality in solving problems and tackling tasks
having excellent time management and planning skills
having the capacity to lead, manage and implement an in-depth project, including:

writing initial proposals
developing the project idea
planning data collection
data analysis
producing a publishable quality output.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Environmental Geoscience MRes.

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees

£19,140.00 (19,66,983) per year


28 Sep


Newcastle University

King’s Gate,

Newcastle upon Tyne,


NE1 7RU, England

Entry requirement for international students

A 2:1 honours degree from a UK university, or an international equivalent in a relevant subject. Relevant subject area including, but not restricted to: physical geography; environmental / earth / ocean sciences; geology; physics; natural science. We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have relevant professional experience. English Language Requirements - IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, and 6.0 in all other sub-skills); TOEFL 100 overall (with a minimum of 19 in listening, 20 in reading, 22 in speaking, and 22 in writing); Pearsons 69 overall (with a minimum of 62 in writing and 57 in all other sub-skills).

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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