School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

ResM Geological Sciences

This programme will give you the opportunity to conduct research alongside staff at the forefront of their academic disciplines across the geological sciences, spanning the spectrum of disciplines from structural geology, palaeomagnetism, volcanoes, landslides and geomorphology to the evolution of life on Earth. You will be supported within an active interdisciplinary research environment, working on a project in collaboration with your supervisor leading to a formal postgraduate qualification.

The programme offers you the flexibility to shape your research in an area of particular interest to you, alongside the opportunity to gain research skills from our taught modules both within the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and across the University.

Key features

  • A flexible programme of research that is ideal if you are interested in pursuing a specific shorter-term research project.
  • Focus on a geological sciences project within a vibrant interdisciplinary research community.
  • A bespoke training pathway tailored to your individual needs.
  • Modules may be chosen from a variety of existing taught masters programmes and can span disciplines as appropriate.
  • Personalised expert supervision (you'll be assigned a Director of Studies and an additional supervisor).

Course details

  • Overview
  • This programme incorporates taught elements (a minimum of 40 credits and a maximum of 120 credits) and an extended research phase.

    You must take and pass at least two taught and assessed modules (40 credit) to equip you with the appropriate level of research skills. The specific modules will be agreed together with your supervisor.  These taught elements typically focus on research methods, contemporary issues and methodological skills, but may vary according your individuals needs and the subject area.

    On passing these modules you will progress to your research project.

Entry requirements

You will need a good 2:1 or first class honours degree, or international equivalent, in an area of study appropriate to your project, and at least a 2:1 in the research project component of your degree.

An IELTS score of 7 or equivalent is required if you are an international student - English language requirements.

Before applying you should approach a potential supervisor for your research project and agree a project title and module combination. Your offer letter will then reflect the specific combination of modules and project agreed.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

Please visit tuition fees for postgraduate research for information about fees. The ResM Geological Sciences is in Band 2 for fees purposes.

If you are a full time student, you will pay full time fees for one year. If you have not submitted your thesis by the end of this period, then you will have to pay for an optional six month 'writing up' period to complete your thesis (that is, half of the 'writing up' fee indicated on this page).

If you are a part time student, you will pay part time fees for two years. If you have not submitted your thesis by the end of this period, then you will have to pay for an optional one year 'writing up' period to complete your thesis.

You are responsible for meeting all of the costs related to your own research project, beyond the resources available in the department.

This programme is eligible for a postgraduate loan.

How to apply

Submitting your application

Complete your application and upload supporting documents to the Doctoral College by completing our online application form.

Questions on the application process?

We're here to help. Please contact the Doctoral College team and we'll be happy to assist you.

You can view or download our postgraduate research admissions policy.

If you have a disability and would like further information on the support available, please visit our Disability Services website.

International Student Advice (ISA) provides support for our international students.

Find more information about how to apply for a research degree.

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