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Strategic Earth Resources (MSc) University of St Andrews

UK

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Summary

The MSc in Strategic Earth Resources prepares students for the challenges in resource extraction in the 21st century. It tackles not only the geological skills and understanding required for mineral exploration targeting and estimation, but also the economic, environmental, and social aspects of mining: from exploration, extraction to remediation. This is a new degree programme, which builds on the Mineral Resources MSc, which has now been withdrawn.

Course information

The MSc in Strategic Earth Resources is a one-year postgraduate degree run by the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. It is designed to prepare students for the challenges in resource exploration in the 21st century, combining core knowledge, fieldwork, short courses, seminars, and a research dissertation.

The course covers the fundamental processes leading to the formation of ore deposits. It provides hands-on training in both the classroom and field in the latest digital and remote sensing mapping techniques, 3D modelling software and geochemical mapping. It will additionally cover the economic, environmental, and social (ESG) aspects of mining: from exploration, extraction, to remediation, as well as topics such as critical metals and sustainable mining, the global climate challenge, and energy alternatives such as geothermal. Students also take additional optional topics either in geodynamics, climate science, or advanced geochemistry.

Students gain knowledge and experience through interactions with invited guest lecturers from industry and by visiting mine sites. Knowledge is consolidated through both an industry or research-focused dissertation, and through an international field course.

The MSc is targeted both at new graduates seeking a career in the resources industry or as preparation for an applied PhD, and also at professional exploration geologists with several years industry experience seeking to move into an exploration strategy role, which for 2021 entry is planned to be in South Africa.

Teaching format

The MSc in Strategic Earth Resources is a comprehensive course that combines core knowledge, fieldwork, short courses and a research dissertation. The MSc degree requires two semesters of full-time (or four semesters part-time) coursework equivalent to a total of eight taught modules. The assessment for the taught modules is based on coursework and written examinations.

The final three months of your course will be focused on independent research which concludes with a 15,000-word field or laboratory-based dissertation.

Careers

Because of the importance of the extractive industries to society, the economy and the environment, economic geologists are employed in:

  • mineral, oil, gas and petroleum industries
  • engineering, environmental and financial sectors
  • geological surveys
  • consultancy companies
  • academia.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students in building their employability skills.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Strategic Earth Resources (MSc).

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

£24,240.00 (24,91,101) per year

From

06-Sep-21

Venue

University of St Andrews

College Gate,

St Andrews,

KY16 9AJ, Scotland

Entry requirement for international students

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a subject-related area. IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Minimum component scores (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) and 6.5 minimum overall score; TOEFL IBT: 79 minimum overall score with Listening: 12; Reading: 13; Writing: 24; Speaking: 18.

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

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