Master in Geoscience (MGeoscience) (2017 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 4 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Geography, Geology and the Environment, Faculty of Natural Sciences

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Course Overview

This four year integrated master’s programme is ideal for anyone considering a career in the Earth Sciences, enhancing your research and vocational skills.

This course adds an additional master’s level year to our three year major route Geology (with a science subject) and Geoscience bachelor’s degree programmes, during which there is a strong emphasis on developing the vocational and research skills you will need to work in industry or advance in academia. You will continue to develop your breadth and depth of knowledge in the geosciences, as well as improving your research and data handling skills. The focus of the final year is a major research project on a topic of your choosing. The master’s level field course simulates a real world geological industry scenario to help develop your employability skills.

Course content

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Undergraduate Masters Course Information Document (PDF) Undergraduate Masters Course Information Document (PDF)

Looking for a more complete list of modules? You can view the module list for 2017 entry on our Module Catalogue:

Module Catalogue

Single Honours

MGeoscience is a four-year undergraduate integrated master's course. Geology is taken in Levels 4 and 5 in combination with either Astrophysics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physical Geography, Information Systems, Medicinal Chemistry, Neuroscience, Physics or Psychology. Alternatively, Single Honours Geoscience may be taken in Levels 4 and 5. Only geoscience-specific modules are taken at Levels 6 and 7.

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of MGeoscience. 

First year 

Geology & Geoscience Routes:

  • Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology (includes fieldwork) 
  • Geology: Time and Space (includes fieldwork)
  • Geology: Planet Earth
  • Introduction to Sedimentology and Palaeontology (includes fieldwork)

Geoscience Route Only: 

  • Geoscience Data Interpretation, Analysis and Visualisation 
  • The Earth System
  • Introductory Environmental Chemistry 

Second year 

Geology & Geoscience Routes:

  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Reconstructing Past Environments (includes fieldwork)
  • Advanced Structural Geology and Geological Mapping Training
  • Geoscience Field Techniques

Geoscience Route Only:

  • Geochemistry
  • Forensic and Historical Geoscience
  • Palaeoclimatology and Quaternary Studies (includes fieldwork)
  • Geoscience and Society (includes fieldwork) 

Third year

Core modules: 

  • Economic Geology (includes fieldwork) (Geoscience Route)
  • Advanced Petrology and Structural Geology Field Course (Geoscience Route)
  • Geoscience Independent Field Project (Geoscience Route)
  • Geology Independent Field Project (Geoscience Route)
  • Volcanic and Magmatic Processes (includes fieldwork) (Geology Route)
  • Geological Communication Skills (Geology Route)
  • Advanced Topics in Sedimentology (includes fieldwork)

Option modules: 

  • Structure and Geodynamics (includes fieldwork)
  • Natural Hazards
  • Hydrological and Engineering Geology
  • Micropalaeontology: Principles and Applications (includes fieldwork)
  • Economic Geology (includes fieldwork) (Geology Route)
  • Exploration Geophysics for the Hydrocarbon Industry
  • Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Water Resources
  • Coastal Environments 

Fourth year 

Core modules: 

  • Literature Synthesis 
  • Research Project
  • Spatial Geoscience Data Analysis (includes fieldwork)
  • Petroleum Geology (includes fieldwork) 

Option modules: 

Students cannot take one of these modules if they have already taken the Level 6 (third year) version. 

  • Natural Hazards 
  • Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Water Resources
  • Hydrological and Engineering Geology
  • Micropalaeontology: Principles and Applications (includes fieldwork)
  • Structure and Geodynamics (includes fieldwork) 
  • Economic Geology (includes fieldwork)
  • Exploration Geophysics for the Hydrocarbon Industry
  • Coastal Environments 

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

Due to the increasing demand for geological resources such as oil, gas, metals, minerals and water, as well as the need for geoscience expertise in major civil engineering and environmental projects, Geoscience graduates are likely to be in high demand for the foreseeable future, and a master’s degree provides higher-level skills which are particularly appealing to employers. You could go on to work in the petroleum, mining, geotechnical or hydrogeology industries or go on to study for a PhD. The integrated master’s MGeoscience degree is accredited by the Geological Society of London that can enhance your progression towards Chartered Geologist status.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

MGeoScience (Single Honours Integrated Masters) : F64G View Unistats for this course
MGeoscience (Major with 2nd subject Integrated Masters) : F640 View Unistats for this course

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Study abroad

On the MGeoscience programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on the syour choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from their destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 


MGeoscience is accredited by the Geological Society of London, which is the world’s oldest Geoscience society that was founded in 1807 by Royal Charter and is the UK national society for geoscience. 

Students who successfully complete an accredited degree course will normally qualify for admission to Fellowship of the Society and for the award of Chartered Geologist status after a specified period of professional development and relevant experience.