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Applied Environmental Geology (MSc)

Course Aims


Upon completion of the MSc students will be equipped to:
- Describe and explain the core scientific principles and concepts of soil/rock mechanics, water flow, and the pollution of soil, water and air
- Identify the standards, regulations, policies and legal frameworks required for the professional practice of applied environmental geology
- Research and write a Stage I professional desk study site report of a geo-environmental hazard using primary sources and GIS techniques
- Design and execute a Stage II geotechnical, geophysical, hydrogeological and geoenvironmental site and laboratory investigation, analyse the data and develop remedial solutions for geoenvironmental problems
- Communicate effectively (both written and orally) in multi-disciplinary teams, act ethically and in conformity with health and safety regulations, and assess the sustainability of policies and projects

Special Features


- Seven months taught course in Cardiff followed by five months professional project, usually as part of an industry placement
- Vocational training, providing in-demand skills in geotechnical and environmental geology
- Strong links with industry and government agencies through invited lecturers and industrial projects
- In 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, over 95% of the students secured employment by the end of their MSc course
- National recognition of academic standards with four consecutive MSc dissertations (2008/2009/2010/2011) being awarded the Curry Prize by the Geologists’ Association

Course Description


The Cardiff MSc in Applied Environmental Geology is focused on providing geoscience graduates with the advanced skills appropriate to a career with geoengineering and geoenvironmental consultancies, regulatory authorities and government agencies. The initial 7-month taught course component (Stage I) includes significant contributions from industrial collaborators. In the Stage II component (the professional project) we endeavour wherever possible to offer students a summer industrial placement to undertake their project work in all areas of the UK and overseas. At the end of 12 months our Masters graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects.

Visit the Applied Environmental Geology (MSc) page on the Cardiff University web site for more details!


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