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Apply your knowledge to real-world issues. You will gain skills in dealing with often-complex Earth systems, evaluate current research and and apply your knowledge to real-world issues, as well as get to work in some really amazing places around the world!. Read more

Apply your knowledge to real-world issues

You will gain skills in dealing with often-complex Earth systems, evaluate current research and and apply your knowledge to real-world issues, as well as get to work in some really amazing places around the world!

Find out more about the Master of Science parent structure.

The Master of Science (Earth Science) at Massey University will develop your skills in a field and laboratory environment that is focussed on solutions to Earth science-based issues facing society.

Explore the world around you

Field work could find you on a volcano top in Vanuatu, exploring ancient volcanoes on Chatham Island or assessing real-time hazards from an erupting volcano. You might find yourself exploring the back country of the Wanganui Basin or its marine terraces, sampling rivers and aquifers to determine groundwater recharge/discharge, or investigating erosion and land use employing both field and remote sensing techniques. 

You will also gain transferable skills that will be useful in many different careers. These include observation skills, advanced ability in data collection, analysis and interpretation, problem-solving and lateral thinking skills, self-motivation and resilience, teamwork as well as developing high-level written and verbal communication skills.

Let our expertise become yours

Massey University Earth science staff are actively researching and are members of internationally-relevant related groups. Many also have extensive industry experience, through either employment or consultancy. They bring this expertise to your teaching.

Examine the environmental impact

Massey’s expertise in environmental geochemistry includes remediation of contaminated sites, phytomining, mine site and land reclamation.

You can learn from – and build on – our expertise in the societal impacts of Earth events, such as volcanic activity. These include social, economic, infrastructure and the impact on local communities including iwi.

Specialised equipment

We have a range of specialised equipment which is available to you for your research and study. This includes:

  • A microprobe for spatial geochemical analysis of geological materials. Able to focus down to two microns, it allows measurement of changes in composition across crystals (which record pre-eruption processes in magmas)
  • Laser particle size analyser for measuring grain-size distributions of materials such as tephra
  • FTIR (Fourier Transform Infra-red) microscope. This measures water and CO2 contents in volcanic materials (related to eruption dynamics), but has also been used for analysing compositional differences in horse bones and carbon nanoparticles
  • Pyroclastic Flow simulator
  • Hyperspectral analyser for remote sensing soil,rock and plant materials (an example of use includes detecting mineralised ground by remote sensing)
  • FLYSPEC analyser for measuring SO2 in volcanic eruption plumes
  • XRD analyser for determining mineralogical compositions of a wide range of materials, especially clay minerals
  • TGA/DSC (Thermogravimetric Analyser/Differential Scanning Calorimeter) for uses such as thermal behaviour in volcanic glasses to characterise biochar
  • OEM (Optical Emission Analyser) for geochemical analysis with particular application to environmental geochemistry

In-depth research

This master’s includes an in-depth research project, where you will be able to explore an aspect of Earth science that interests you.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but very rewarding and empowering. The Master of Science (Earth Science) will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.



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We recommend that you study the modules in the order listed below. You must have successfully completed Earth science. a systems approach (S808) before studying the project module, which we expect you to take as the final module for this qualification. Read more

Modules

We recommend that you study the modules in the order listed below. You must have successfully completed Earth science: a systems approach (S808) before studying the project module, which we expect you to take as the final module for this qualification.

To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:

30 credits from the following optional modules:

• Environmental monitoring and protection (T868)
• Making environmental decisions (T891)

plus

150 credits from the following compulsory modules:

• Developing research skills in science (S825)
• Earth science: a systems approach (S808)
• MSc project module (S810)

The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.

Credit transfer

If you’ve successfully completed some relevant postgraduate study elsewhere, you might be able to count it towards this qualification, reducing the number of modules you need to study. Please note that credit transfer will not be given for the MSc project module (S810). You should apply for credit transfer as soon as possible, before you register for your first module.

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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a thriving center of intellectual excellence that encompasses 14 academic departments and 80 degree programs. Read more
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a thriving center of intellectual excellence that encompasses 14 academic departments and 80 degree programs. Its more than 2,500 students are engaged in a wide variety of challenging courses and hands-on learning experiences that extend across all areas of the humanities and sciences – from the great philosophers and classic literature to the world economy and environmental sustainability.

At the core of each department are faculty members who have garnered national acclaim for their best-selling books, ground-breaking research and creative endeavors. Together, students and their professors explore globally significant subjects and work towards the goal of improving every aspect of the way in which human beings live. To learn more about a specific area of study, click on the left-hand navigation bar for a full listing of academic departments.

M.S. in Earth Science

The Master of Science in Earth Science prepares teachers, geologists, environmental leaders, planners, industry consultants, and others in the public and private sectors to management community and natural resource concerns, from groundwater and recycling to pollution and global warming. Advanced coursework ranges from astronomy, meteorology, conservation of natural resources, and geographic information systems to oceanography, groundwater geology, environmental geochemistry, and global climate change.

The program is designed for working professionals who wish to obtain an advanced degree in the field and also for teachers who hold initial certification but need a master’s degree to secure permanent teacher certification in the State of New York. The program may also benefit fully certified teachers who wish to expand their fields of expertise. Students may use the degree as a stepping stone to a Ph.D. program.

The 32-credit program allows for flexibility in meeting certification requirements, geotechnical and government agency employers’ needs, and individual career interests. The graduate courses are offered during the evening to accommodate working students. Our department’s past graduate students are working across Long Island and beyond as teachers and as environmental scientists and consultants.

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Inspiring the future crop of experts in Computational Science and Engineering. Students will gain deep knowledge and skills in cutting-edge computational techniques for real world science and engineering applications to meet industry demand. Read more

Inspiring the future crop of experts in Computational Science and Engineering

Students will gain deep knowledge and skills in cutting-edge computational techniques for real world science and engineering applications to meet industry demand.

The Applied Computational Science and Engineering MSc will educate future domain-specialists in computational science. This course will expand your knowledge of numerical methods, computational science, and how to solve large scale problems by applying novel science and engineering approaches. It is suitable for graduates of disciplines including mathematics and physical sciences, geophysics and engineering, and computer science.

  • Preparing tomorrow’s technologists, entrepreneurs and computational problem solvers
  • Large scale, big data, machine learning
  • Model dynamical processes using numerical methods and advanced programming
  • Combining mathematics, physical sciences, engineering, and computational science

Study Programme

Students will have the chance to participate in individual and group research projects as well as to write reports and present technical work, developing the project management and numerical skills that are desired by employers.

The study programme consists of eight taught modules, and one individual research project which accounts for one third of the study programme.

Term 1

Modern programming methods

Modelling dynamical processes

Numerical methods

Applying computational science

Term 2

Advanced programming

Patterns for parallel programming

Inversion and optimisation

Machine learning

Term 3 (summer)

Independent Project

This immersive, hands-on MSc course will enable students to develop their skills and techniques for a range of science and engineering applications utilising High Performance Computing resources. Students will learn alongside world-class researchers in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering. There will be a strong emphasis on high productivity problem solving using modern computational methods and technologies, including computer code development and parallel algorithms.

Applicants who want to pursue analytical careers in industry geoscience and engineering are a target for this course. Graduates will develop the skills necessary to enter the modern industrial workforce. This MSc will also prepare for your PhD studies in fields such as computational techniques, simulation, numerical modelling, optimisation and inversion, heat transfer, and machine learning applications.

The Applied Computational Science and Engineering MSc programme will ensure that students are able to apply appropriate computational techniques to understand, define and develop solutions to a range of science and engineering problems. You will have the chance to participate in individual and group research projects as well as to write reports and present technical work, developing the project management and numerical skills desired by employers.

Key Information

Duration: 1 year full-time

Start Date: October 2018

Campus: South Kensington, London

ECTS: 90 Credits

Please contact Postgraduate Education Manager, Samantha Symmonds, with any queries: 

Flyer for new Applied Computational Science and Engineering MSc

The Applied Computational Science and Engineering MSc is subject to College approval.

Find out more about postgraduate study at Imperial College London, including tuition fees, admissions and how to apply.



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STUDY PROCESSES BELOW THE EARTH'S SURFACE. In the Master in Earth Structure and Dynamics programme, you will explore the composition, structure, and evolution of the Earth’s crust, mantle, and core. Read more

STUDY PROCESSES BELOW THE EARTH'S SURFACE

In the Master in Earth Structure and Dynamics programme, you will explore the composition, structure, and evolution of the Earth’s crust, mantle, and core. During this two-year programme, you will learn to link geological, geophysical, geochemical, and geodetic observations made at the Earth’s surface to physical processes operating within the planet.

Specialise in any aspect of Solid Earth Science

The programme combines geology, geophysics, mathematics, physics, chemistry and field studies to address how the solid Earth works. It allows you to specialise in virtually any aspect of solid Earth science, ranging from theoretical geophysics to pure geology or geochemistry. Many students choose a combined geology-geophysics focus.

Core areas of teaching and research

The main subject areas you will study consist of seismology, tectonophysics, mantle dynamics, structural geology, metamorphism, magmatic processes, basin evolution, hydrocarbon and mineral deposits, and the properties of Earth materials. You will examine processes ranging from slow geodynamic processes – such as mantle convection, plate tectonics, sedimentary basins formation and evolution, and mountain building – to those that can have an impact during a human lifetime. These include active crustal deformation, seismicity, and volcanism as well as subsidence, uplift induced seismicity and geo-resources.

In the programme, you will address questions such as:

  • How do mountain belts and sedimentary basins form? 
  • How can we image the internal structure of the crust and mantle? 
  • How does plate tectonics really work and how can we model it? 
  • What controls volcanic eruptions and earthquakes? 
  • Can CO2 be safely stored in reservoir rocks in the Earth’s crust? 

You can choose one of three specialisation tracks based on your interests in the field:

  • Earth Materials
  • Deformation and metamorphic and igneous processes operating in the crust and upper mantle
  • Physics of the Deep Earth and Planets
  • An in-depth geophysical approach to understand the deep interior of the Earth and other planets
  • Basins, Orogens, and the Crust-Lithosphere System
  • Understand the processes at the scale of the crust and lithosphere such as the formation and evolution of sedimentary basins or mountain chains. This is a combined track for a hybrid Geology-Geophysics (Solid Earth specialist) profile.  

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE

  • The Earth Structure and Dynamics programme focuses on all aspects of the solid Earth as a key component of system Earth – and therefore of Earth system science. This encompasses the structure, dynamics, and evolution of the solid Earth over the full range of spatial and temporal scales as well as the role of solid Earth structure and processes in societally relevant issues such as energy, geo-resources, and geohazards. Examples include understanding the physics of tectonically – or human – induced earthquakes, volcanic hazards or petroleum, mineral, sustainable or unconventional resources. Knowledge of these aspects has direct relevance for professional profiles and future job opportunities.


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This qualification explores some of contemporary science's most pressing issues and develops a wide range of skills associated with postgraduate study. Read more
This qualification explores some of contemporary science's most pressing issues and develops a wide range of skills associated with postgraduate study. The MSc includes taught modules and a compulsory final project module which gives you the opportunity to explore a topic in further depth, and undertake a substantial piece of independent research.

Key features of the course

•Flexible study routes to suit your professional needs and interests
•Options include Earth Science, Brain and Behavioural Science and Medicinal Chemistry
•Develops critical, analytical and research skills, boosting your career or preparing you for further studies at doctoral level.

This qualification is eligible for a Postgraduate Loan available from Student Finance England. For more information, see our fees and funding web page.

Modules

If you are new to postgraduate level study we recommend that you take Developing research skills in science (S825) as your first module. You should study the project module last.

To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:

120 credits of optional modules from List A:

List A: Optional modules

• Developing research skills in science (S825)
• Molecules in medicine (S807)
• Earth science: a systems approach (S808)
• Concept to clinic (S827)
• Introduction to mental health science (S826)
• Space science (S818)

Or 90 credits from List A plus 30 credits from List B:

List B: Optional modules

• Capacities for managing development (T878)
• Making environmental decisions (T891)
• Managing for sustainability (T867)
• Project management (M815)
• The critical researcher: educational technology in practice (H819)
• The networked practitioner (H818)

plus

The following 60 credit compulsory module:

• MSc project module (S810)

The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.

Credit transfer

If you’ve successfully completed some relevant postgraduate study elsewhere, you might be able to count it towards this qualification, reducing the number of modules you need to study. Please note that credit transfer is not available for the MSc project module (S810). You should apply for credit transfer as soon as possible, before you register for your first module. For more details and an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.

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Your programme of study. If you are interested in earth science, and environmental science but you want to specialise in the study of soil specifically the Aberdeen programme gives you in depth knowledge and a range of experts and alumni who consult at government level. Read more

Your programme of study

If you are interested in earth science, and environmental science but you want to specialise in the study of soil specifically the Aberdeen programme gives you in depth knowledge and a range of experts and alumni who consult at government level. Aberdeen is further supported by having the James Hutton Institute within the city limits, a notable institute specialising in soil science over the years known formerly the Macaulay Institute.

Soil Science is becoming increasingly important to our ability to sustain life on earth as we look at how to keep the soil clean from pollutants in water, air and polluting industries, pesticides and all sorts of changes to soil. There are also growing concerns that as the population increases and climate change also increases how do we farm in the future? The degree gives you all the skills and knowledge you need to work as a soil scientist either as a researcher, within government or regulation or as a consultant working with industry and other organisations devoted to soil science.

You learn about soil science, sustainability, land use planning, food security, GIS, and land use with intensive laboratory analysis from one of the top centres in the world for soil science. We also take you into the field to study specific situations and you are guided by our world renowned researchers in the environmental sciences. This is one of only a handful of Soil Science programmes with cutting edge technologies to help you analyse and study soil in depth. Soil science falls within agricultural sciences which were ranked No. 1 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014) and the highly acclaimed Environmental Science disciplines which Aberdeen has made a name for itself in over the years.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Core Skills in Environmental Science
  • Global Soil Geography
  • Soils for Food Security
  • Applications for GIS

Semester 2

  • Environmental Analysis
  • Land Use and the Changing Environment on Deesside

Optional

  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Remediation Technology
  • Catchment Management
  • Ecological and Environmental Modelling

Semester 3

  • Project in Soil Science

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Research at Aberdeen within agricultural and earth sciences is ranked No.1 (REF)
  • You study all methods of analysis and field work to understand the full range of issues within soil and land use which affect the ability to grow crops
  • One of our team developed the award winning 'Cool Farm Tool.' Dr John Hillier developed this to calculate greenhouse gas. The tool is used by known brands such as Marks and Spencer, Costco and Heinz

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months or 24 Months
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about international fees:

  • International
  • EU and Scotland
  • Other UK

Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs



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The accredited MSc Engineering in the Coastal Environment course provides training in coastal engineering for civil engineers and physical scientists. Read more

The accredited MSc Engineering in the Coastal Environment course provides training in coastal engineering for civil engineers and physical scientists. This unique programme is taught jointly between Engineering and the Environment and Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton, with extensive input from industry.

Introducing your course

The coastal zone is widely recognised as important at national, European and global levels. Skilled graduates who can understand environmental coastal issues and apply this to engineering problems are in high demand. This course has been designed with your future career in mind and will enable you to acquire core knowledge of environmental coastal engineering; develop key skills such as the use of numerical models, data analysis, environmental impact assessment, and design of coastal structures; and apply this knowledge to address real world problems in the coastal zone.

Overview

Why Southampton?

• A unique and effective interdisciplinary educational environment with world leading research expertise and access to cutting-edge facilities.

• Strong links to industry and practicing coastal engineers, such as HR Wallingford, Associated British Ports and Channel Coastal Observatory.

• Research projects undertaken in collaboration with (and often based at) leading international coastal consultancies or appropriate government agencies, including AECOM, CH2M, Royal Haskoning, Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership, and the Environment Agency.

• Draws on world-class research expertise from both Engineering and the Environment and the Environment and Ocean and Earth Science, which is based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS).

• More than 98% of graduates successfully move into careers or PhD research in the field within six months.

Our MSc is closely linked with the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) which develops applied coastal research across the University, nationally and internationally. You will also benefit from our partnership with industry and government.

View the programme specification document for this course



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Coordinated by the . School of Earth Sciences. , the Master of Science (Earth Sciences) program offers two streams. Atmospheric Science. Read more

Coordinated by the School of Earth Sciences, the Master of Science (Earth Sciences) program offers two streams:

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Geology

The program includes collaboration between Earth Sciences/Geosciences departments from at least two other institutions (originally Monash and La Trobe universities, under our Victorian Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences or ‘VIEPS’ legal agreement and partnership) expanding in the last decade to involve cooperation between several institutions (including Melbourne). Cooperation at this national level provides students from all participating institutions with the opportunity to access the best and broadest array of advanced coursework in the Earth Sciences discipline.                  

The School of Earth Sciences is home to diverse research activities that are well supported by equipment and technology both in the lab and field. Our research interests include: the solid Earth, the fluid Earth (including our atmosphere and oceans), and processes that operate at the interface between these regions. Current research activities in the School include: climate variability and change, sedimentary geology, palaeontology and the physics and chemistry of the Earth’s deep interior.

Students in the Master of Science (Earth Sciences) who have a weighted average mark of 80% or higher in the prerequisite undergraduate major, are eligible for consideration for the Graduate Research Program in Science. This is a five-year course of study comprising the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Upon completion of this course, students should have:

  • Discipline-specific knowledge and expertise appropriate for post-graduate research in the Earth Sciences field;
  • Critical judgement;
  • Ability to undertake rigorous and independent thinking; 
  • A problem-solving approach to new and unfamiliar tasks.


CAREER OUTCOMES

As a graduate of this program, one can find a rewarding career in government organisations, research institutions, environmental consultancies, and the oil, gas and mining industries. 

As a graduate, you may find a rewarding career as a:

  • Climatologist
  • Energy specialist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental geologist
  • Exploration geologist
  • Mine geologist
  • Researcher
  • Resources geologist
  • State geological surveyor
  • Weather forecaster


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An internationally significant career. Use your knowledge of soils to open doors to international careers in sustainable food. Find out more about the . Read more

An internationally significant career

Use your knowledge of soils to open doors to international careers in sustainable food.

Find out more about the Master of Science parent structure.

This qualification will give you the in-depth knowledge of soils that will open up meaningful, relevant careers that address sustainable food production globally.

As an aspiring soil scientist you will deal with the productive capacity of the land and how its management impacts on the environment. At Massey we have a reputation for producing high calibre graduates that go on to work in the international agricultural research scene.

Make our expertise your own

When you study soil science, you will be able to take advantage of Massey’s expertise in land-related disciplines. We have a wide and relevant group of expertise within the university, from agriculture, horticulture and earth science to ecology, environmental management and social sciences.

You will learn from, and research with, highly-skilled internationally-recognised and active researchers in these fields, with a huge depth of knowledge and experience. Whatever focus you’d like to have in your postgraduate study and research, there is likely to be an expert at Massey who can help you dig deeper into your area of interest.

Some examples of areas you could focus your research on include:

  • Sustainable nutrient management
  • Soil resource mapping and interpretation
  • Soil conservation
  • Irrigation, drainage, water fooprinting.
  • Water quantity and quality
  • Greenhouse gas mitigation.
  • Nutrient cycling in crop and pasture systems

Join a world-leading agriculture university

Massey University’s proud record dates back to 1927 when we offered New Zealand’s first degrees in agriculture and horticulture.

Massey is world-ranked and New Zealand’s No 1 university in agriculture according to the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings. We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for agriculture by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

As a student, you will benefit from our internationally recognised capability and leadership in this area.

Relevant and topical

We work to ensure that our teaching fits with the changing environment, which means that you will emerge with a relevant qualification valued by potential employers. Massey has strong links with industry, used to help you find relevant and topical research projects.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Science will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.



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A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 in the science major. A letter of intent written by the applicant expressing professional and educational goals as applied to the program. Read more
• A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 in the science major.
• A letter of intent written by the applicant expressing professional and educational goals as applied to the program.
• Submission of three letters of recommendation, using the required recommendation form.
• Résumé or curriculum vitae.

E-mail: • Phone: 315-267-2165

Visit http://www.potsdam.edu/graduate to view the full application checklist and online application.

The Master of Science in Teaching Adolescence Education program in Science is designed in accordance with the New York State Education Department’s certification regulations, the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) standards, and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) standards, along with Advisory Board recommendations and alumni feedback. This program leads to Initial/Professional certification in Adolescence Education, Science (biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics). Program start date: Summer.

Required Program Courses
Minimum of 47 credit hours
(Prerequisite coursework may be required prior to, or concurrent with, program studies.)

GRED 501, Seminar: Teaching Science in the Sec School ...........3 credits
GRED 502, Issues in Science, Technology, and Society ...............3 credits
GRED 555, Classroom Mgmt/Leadership, Middle/Sec Schools .....3 credits
GRED 556, Reading in the Middle/Secondary School ...............3 credits
GRED 557, Writing in the Middle/Secondary School ...............3 credits
GRED 571, Science Education Instruction in Sec Schools ...........3 credits
GRED 670, Culminating Experience ...................................3 credits
GRED 672, Science, Curricula, Programs and Standards ...........3 credits
GRED 673, Secondary Science Field Work ............................3 credits
GRED 675, Secondary Science Teaching Research ....................3 credits
SPED 505, Introduction to Special Education .........................3 credits

HLTH 530, School Health (certification requirement) ..............3 credits

GRED 676, Student Teaching Seminar ................................2 credits
GRED 692, Student Teaching in Jr High School (7-9) ..............6 credits
GRED 697, Student Teaching in Sr High School (10-12) ..........6 credits

GRED 677 is required if the candidate’s undergraduate work does not include a course in developmental, adolescent, or educational psychology. This course may count as the education elective, with permission of the advisor.

Full or conditional admission is available.

The GRE Exam (or equivalent) is required for all teacher preparation program candidates who are seeking certification (for applicants seeking admission for Fall 2015 forward). All other graduate programs, including non-certification options, do not require this exam. More information on the GRE exam can be found by visiting http://www.gre.org. SUNY Potsdam’s code for sending score reports is 2545.

Testimonials

“I chose to enroll in SUNY Potsdam in 2007 because I wanted to become a high school Physics teacher. Potsdam’s MST program meant that I could get my Master’s degree in record time, while I was still in school and not working full-time. To top it off, the teaching principles I learned in the program have shaped me into the educator I am today.” —Brendan Burkhart

“The MST program allowed me to achieve my Bachelor’s degree in Biology, as well as my Master’s in Secondary Science Education, in 5 years. The program not only saved time, but money as well! The classes gave me practical knowledge that allowed me to be more successful in the classroom after graduation in 2012. I am now in my third year of teaching biology full-time!” —Jennifer Shimaitis

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Supported by Aberystwyth University’s internationally renowned Centre for Glaciology, this unique MSc programme is designed to provide students with a range of skills appropriate for the practical and theoretical challenges of glaciological research. Read more

About the course

Supported by Aberystwyth University’s internationally renowned Centre for Glaciology, this unique MSc programme is designed to provide students with a range of skills appropriate for the practical and theoretical challenges of glaciological research. Graduates of this course emerge equipped fora wide range of career paths both within Physical Geographical/Earth Science contexts and beyond.

Why study MSc Glaciology at Aberystwyth University?

Aberystwyth University’s Centre for Glaciology is a leading British research group whose interests cover contemporary and palaeo-glacial processes and products across the world.

Opportunity to study in an internationally-renowned research institute and to be taught by lectures and researchers who are at the cutting edge of their disciplines.

Conduct fieldwork in a glacierised environment - this course commences with a 6 day field course in the European Alps.
Aberystwyth is located in a high quality outdoor physical environment and comprises a multi-national community

The Department of Geography and Earth Science (DGES) is top in Wales, with 78% of its research classified as either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the most recent research assessment - REF 2014

DGES is in the top ten of UK Geography departments with regards to research power, which provides a measure of the quality of research, as well as of the number of staff undertaking research within the department

Engage with research that aims to further human knowledge at a delicate stage in global affairs

DGES receives funding from organisations such as United Nations, WHO, NERC and the European Research Council

Benefit from a superb variety of outside and in-class learning environments, and state-of-the-art teaching facilities.

Course content and structure

In the first two semesters, you will undertake a number of core and optional modules that will give you a strong theoretical understanding of glaciology and will also convert the purely academic theory of glaciological research and data collection into the proven know-how of experience. At the beginning of the course, as part of the module Glaciological Field Techniques, you will undertake a 6 day field course to the European Alps on a data-collection expedition.

In the final semester, you will undertake a 60 credit 15,000 word master’s dissertation, through which you will be able to prove your mastery of your chosen topic and directly contribute to the knowledge base of DGES.

Core modules:

Advanced Research Skills 1: science communication and data analysis
Advanced Research Skills 2: research design and data acquisition
Approaches to Glaciology
Glacial Processes and Products
Glaciological Field Techniques
Research Dissertation in Glaciology

Optional modules:

Fundamentals of Remote Sensing and GIS

Contact Time

Approximately 8-10 hours a week in the first two semesters.

Assessment

The taught part of the course (Part1) is delivered and assessed through lectures, student seminars, practical exercises, case studies, course work and formal examinations. The subsequent successful submission of a 12,000 word research dissertation (Part 2) leads to the award of an MSc.

Skills

This course will empower you to:

- Engage with the practical and theoretical challenges of glaciological research
- Master the latest technological tools available for glaciologists
- Get to grips with an impressive array of systems and technologies including GIS, SDI, satellite imaging and remote sensing
- Gain subject-specific expertise, field skills, and technical experience
- Develop study and research skills, as well as a professional work ethic
- Enhance your presentation and communication skills
- Develop your ability to work independently and in a team-setting
- Improve your critical analysis and evaluation
- Develop and sustain a self-initiated programme of study underpinned by good time management skills
- Enhance your project management skills to deliver a demanding combination of research, analysis, communication and presentation

Careers

Our graduates have gone on to work for/as/within:

- The Met. Office
- The European Space Agency
- National parks
- Field technicians
- Geologists
- Explorationists
- Environmental consultancy
- Oil and gas exploration and development
- Research work alongside prominent institutions/initiatives - REDD+ initiative, Norwegian Space Centre
- Policy advocacy work in the energy sector
- PhD researchers, post-doctoral researchers and lecturers in Higher Education.
- Other pathways our graduates have taken include:
- Management
- Commercial & Quality Assurance
- Strategic Research Consultancy
- Marketing and Strategy Development
- Planning roles across various market sectors
- Local and national government
- UK Parliament
- International, investment, and private banking
- Education

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Study Quaternary Science at Royal Holloway, University of London and you’ll receive comprehensive postgraduate training on the time-dependent processes that affect environmental change, helping you to understand and confront some of the most profound issues of our time. Read more

Study Quaternary Science at Royal Holloway, University of London and you’ll receive comprehensive postgraduate training on the time-dependent processes that affect environmental change, helping you to understand and confront some of the most profound issues of our time.

This flexible Masters programme is offered jointly with London’s prestigious Natural History Museum, and The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) recognizes this course as 'Excellent'.

You’ll acquire an advanced knowledge and understanding of key issues within Quaternary Science, including high-resolution palaeoenvironmental records, high-precision dating and multi-proxy approaches to the investigation of past environmental changes.

The Department of Geography is one of the leading centres for international geographical research in the UK. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework our research environment was recognized as overwhelmingly world class.

The staff and facilities of the Centre for Quaternary Research (CQR) at Royal Holloway provide a wide range of opportunities, including participation in internationally significant research programmes in Quaternary science and links with potential employers. This consortium of staff constitutes the strongest teaching team in the UK for the provision of Masters' teaching in the field of non-marine Quaternary earth science and environmental change. You’ll have the chance to contribute to this leading research culture with your own individual research project.

Study a Masters degree in Quaternary Science and you’ll develop a thorough understanding of many contemporary environmental issues, including climate change, biological responses to environmental change and soil erosion. and be well placed to pursue a rewarding career in your chosen field.

  • Masters programme offered jointly with London’s prestigious Natural History Museum.
  • Study in a department ranked 2nd in the UK for research by the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
  • Gain a thorough understanding of some of our most pressing environmental issues.
  • Graduate with excellent employability prospects and a strong opportunity to progress into further postgraduate study.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Quaternary Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Quaternary Paleoclimatology
  • Palaeoecology, Dating and Quantification
  • Techniques of Quaternary Research
  • Oral Presentation
  • Field Training Programme
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

  • Quaternary Palynology
  • Coleoptera
  • Micromorphology of Quaternary Sediments
  • Theory and Applications of Luminescence Dating
  • Quaternary Microfossils
  • Quaternary Mammals
  • Late Quaternary Palaeohydrology
  • Chironomids and Environmental Change
  • Glaciers in the Climate System
  • Quaternary Tephrochronology
  • Palaeofires

Teaching & assessment

You will benefit from small group learning and an intense but friendly atmosphere, and will receive individual mentoring and career advice from our staff (both from your personal tutor and a dissertation supervisor).

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, practical exercises, field reports and a dissertation.

Your future career

Study Quaternary Science at Royal Holloway and you’ll graduate with excellent employability prospects. Our recent alumni have gone on to enjoy careers in the British Geological Survey, Natural England, the Environment Agency, journal publishing houses, Research Councils, environmental archaeology and museums, as well as academic positions within universities. 

Over the past decade, around 70% of Quaternary Science graduates have gone on to study at PhD level, with the Royal Holloway Centre for Quaternary Science providing opportunities to participate in internationally significant research programmes.

  • 90% of Royal Holloway graduates in work or further education within six months of graduating.
  • Strong opportunities for postgraduate training and research, and active links with potential employers.


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A core feature of the degree is the development of independent research skills, including the collection and analysis of data and critical review of the relevant literature. Read more

A core feature of the degree is the development of independent research skills, including the collection and analysis of data and critical review of the relevant literature.

The MSc(Research) normally takes two years of full-time study to complete, but you have the option to complete on a part-time basis.  In the first year you will complete 120 points of taught papers with the second year spent doing a 120 point research thesis.

Study an MSc(Research) at Waikato University and you will enjoy more lab and field work, more one-on-one time with top academics and access to world-class research equipment. Our great industry contacts will also mean exciting collaborations with local, national and international companies and organisations.

Facilities

The University of Waikato’s School of Science is home to a suite of well-equipped, world-class laboratories.  You will have the opportunity to use complex research equipment and facilities such as NMR spectroscopyDNA sequencing and the University of Waikato Herbarium.

The computing facilities at the University of Waikato are among the best in New Zealand, ranging from phones and tablets for mobile application development to cluster computers for massively parallel processing. Students majoring in Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics will have 24 hour access to computer labs equipped with all the latest computer software.

Practical experience

You will spend more time putting theory into practice in the laboratories and out in the field. Smaller class sizes in taught papers mean more one-on-one time with renowned academics.

The University of Waikato also boasts excellent industry collaborations with organisations such as NIWA, AgResearch, Plant and Food Research and Landcare Research. These strong relationships generate numerous research projects for MSc(Research) students, who are able to work on real issues with a real client.

Subjects

Students enrolling in an (MSc(Research) via the Faculty of Science & Engineering can study Biological SciencesChemistryEarth SciencesElectronicsEnvironmental SciencesMaterials and ProcessingPhysics or Psychology.

Students taking  Computer ScienceMathematics or Statistics will enrol through the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences.

Career opportunities

  • Local and Regional Council
  • Crown Research Institutes
  • Energy Companies
  • Environmental Agencies
  • Government Departments
  • Biomedical/Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Private Research Companies
  • Food and Dairy Industries
  • Agriculture and Fisheries


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The accredited MSc Engineering in the Coastal Environment course provides training in coastal engineering for civil engineers and physical scientists. Read more

The accredited MSc Engineering in the Coastal Environment course provides training in coastal engineering for civil engineers and physical scientists. This unique programme is taught jointly between Engineering and the Environment and Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton, with extensive input from industry.

Introducing your course

The coastal zone is widely recognised as important at national, European and global levels. Skilled graduates who can understand environmental coastal issues and apply this to engineering problems are in high demand. This course has been designed with your future career in mind and will enable you to acquire core knowledge of environmental coastal engineering; develop key skills such as the use of numerical models, data analysis, environmental impact assessment, and design of coastal structures; and apply this knowledge to address real world problems in the coastal zone.

Overview

Why Southampton?

• A unique and effective interdisciplinary educational environment with world leading research expertise and access to cutting-edge facilities.

• Strong links to industry and practicing coastal engineers, such as HR Wallingford, Associated British Ports and Channel Coastal Observatory.

• Research projects undertaken in collaboration with (and often based at) leading international coastal consultancies or appropriate government agencies, including AECOM, CH2M, Royal Haskoning, Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership, and the Environment Agency.

• Draws on world-class research expertise from both Engineering and the Environment and the Environment and Ocean and Earth Science, which is based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS).

• More than 98% of graduates successfully move into careers or PhD research in the field within six months.

Our MSc is closely linked with the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) which develops applied coastal research across the University, nationally and internationally. You will also benefit from our partnership with industry and government.

View the programme specification document for this course



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