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Our geochemistry research includes specific areas of expertise. applied and fundamental aspects of geochemistry; environmental sustainability; climate change; and biosphere/geosphere interactions. Read more

Course Overview

Our geochemistry research includes specific areas of expertise: applied and fundamental aspects of geochemistry; environmental sustainability; climate change; and biosphere/geosphere interactions. Through working with academics who are leaders in their field, you will be supported and guided to produce research of an international standard.

The School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences enjoys an international reputation for using the latest science to solve problems of global importance. For geochemistry we have MPhil and PhD supervision in the following areas:

Petroleum-related geological research: reservoir and source-rock geochemistry; microbial deep biosphere of petroleum reservoirs; origin, significance and maturation of molecular biomarker compounds in the sedimentary record; physico-chemical properties and behaviour of mudstone sequences; shale gas; geological sequestration of CO2; palynofacies and organic facies of ancient and modern sediments

Environment-related research: geomicrobiology; mineral science; molecular microbial ecology; molecular palaeontology; soil biogeochemistry; waste management; bioremediation of polluted soils and waters; biogeochemical cycling of elements through Earth history; climate change during past greenhouse conditions; processes of carbon cycling and export across the land–ocean transition

Training and Skills

As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and support elements to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme, doctoral training centres and Research Student Support Team.

For further information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/geochemistry-mphil-phd/#training&skills

How to apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/geochemistry-mphil-phd/#howtoapply

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Pollution and Environmental Control. Course structure and modules. The programme is divided into three parts. 60 credits of Core taught course units running from October to May. Read more
Pollution and Environmental Control
Course structure and modules
The programme is divided into three parts :

60 credits of Core taught course units running from October to May
60 credit taught courses comprised of four optional 15 credit modules running from January to May.
60 credit research project carried out from April to the middle of September.
Students can swop between this course and the Masters in Applications in Environmental Science subject to academic performance in the 60 credit core taught element.

Environmental Science Core
Measuring and Predicting 30 credits (compulsory)
Tutorial and Workshop Module 15 credits (compulsory)
And:
Human Impacts on the Biosphere 15 credits (recommended)
Or one of:
Living with Climate Change 15 credits (optional)
Water Chemistry 15 credits (optional)
Environmental Law 15 credits (optional)
Environmental Impact Assessment 15 credits (optional)

Other relevant optional units may be taken subject to approval of programme coordinator and the unit coordinator such as:

Water Movement
Geomicrobiology
GIS & Environmental Applications
Environment and Development
Planning for Environmental Change
Global Environmental Politics

Optional Taught Course Units
Choose four from:

Global Environmental Change 15 credits (optional)
Surface Processes 15 credits (optional)
Seismic and Volcanic Hazards 15 credits (optional)
Organic Geochemistry 15 credits (optional)
Problems in Environmental Mineralogy and Chemistry 15 credits (optional)
Sediment Transport Mechanisms 15 credits (optional)
Clouds, Aerosols & Atmospheric Processes 15 credits (optional)
Climate Change Impacts and Adapation 15 credits (optional)
Environmental Change 15 credits (optional)
Environmental Monitoring & Modelling Practice 15 credits (optional)
Sustainable Waste Management 15 credits (optional)
Planning and Managing Development 15 credits (optional)
Strategic Environmental Assessment 15 credits (optional)

Other relevant optional units taken subject to approval of programme coordinator and the unit coordinator.

Research Project
Research Project 60 credits (compulsory)

Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
For the award of Postgraduate Certificate the student must obtain 60 credits of taught modules only.

For the award of a Postgraduate Diploma the student must obtain 120 credits distributed as follows:

90 credits from the taught element
30 credits from the Research project or extended essay
Disclaimer: Our modules teach the current trends in environmental sciences. Consequently, details of our modules may vary over time. The University therefore reserves the right to make such alterations to modules as are found to be necessary. Before accepting your offer of a course, it is essential that you are aware of the current terms on which the offer is based. This includes the modules available to you. If in doubt, please contact us.

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In our Master's programme in Earth, Life, and Climate, you will explore the fundamental processes which regulate the past, present, and future dynamics of sedimentary systems, biodiversity, and climate, as well as their evolution. Read more

EXPLORE PROCESSES AFFECTING THE EARTH'S LIFE AND ITS ENVIRONMENT

In our Master's programme in Earth, Life, and Climate, you will explore the fundamental processes which regulate the past, present, and future dynamics of sedimentary systems, biodiversity, and climate, as well as their evolution. This two-year programme will provide you with the knowledge you need to understand climate change and its impact on natural environments such as soils, sediments, lakes, groundwater, wetlands, estuaries, and oceans.

The main topics you will study include the evolution of life, the development of sedimentary basins, carbon sources and sinks, biogeochemical and geochemical fingerprinting of sedimentary processes/environments, and climate reconstruction.

Tracks

You can choose one of four tracks based on your specific interests:
-Integrated Stratigraphy & Sedimentary Systems: Dynamics of marine and continental sedimentary systems

-Climate Reconstruction: The reconstruction of climate change through Earth's history

-Biogeosciences & Evolution: The evolution and response of biota to perturbations in the environments

-Biogeochemistry: Processes that control the elemental cycles at the Earth’s surface.

On this programme, you will learn state-of-the-art reconstruction methods, modelling techniques, and laboratory experiments used in a wide range of earth and beta science disciplines. These disciplines include biogeology, palaeontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, environmental geochemistry, organic geochemistry, hydrology, physical geography, geology, biology, climate dynamics, and palaeoceanography. You will utilize these skills in your own research project or on the traineeships you can take in preparation for an international career in applied or fundamental research.

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This two year Masters is designed to meet the demanding and evolving needs of industry, equipping you with the tools to be highly skilled petroleum explorationists. Read more

Overview

This two year Masters is designed to meet the demanding and evolving needs of industry, equipping you with the tools to be highly skilled petroleum explorationists. It aims to prepare you for classic, conventional exploration and develop your skills to meet the changing needs of unconventional exploration.

This programme integrates the strengths of two leading universities, offering you training in petroleum exploration that is unique from any other course globally.

The University of Leeds is a Russell Group University established in 1904. Research-led teaching and commitment to excellence, creates a dynamic learning environment and makes Leeds one of the UK’s top universities.

Jacobs University is a private, English language, residential university, distinguished by its international orientation and highly selective admission, based on candidates’ academic and personal potential. First-class research and teaching, international diversity and trans-disciplinary cooperation are the hallmarks of this state-recognised university.

Course highlights:

• The programme combines the strengths of the University of Leeds in applied geophysics and structural geology with the strengths of Jacobs University in petroleum system modelling and organic geochemistry.
• Undertake FREE fieldwork in the UK and EU that is directly linked to your classroom learning.
• Access a comprehensive suite of industry-standard software that will enhance your learning.
• Attend the Jacobs Basin Dynamics Hydrocarbon Conference and learn from experts within industry and academia who share their experience and insights.
• In your final year, enter the Imperial Barrel Award, run by the American Association of Petroleum Geologist - a leading international professional body for the hydrocarbons industry. This award provides you with a realistic exploration exercise at the same time as giving you an opportunity to compete with other universities at both a European and international levels.

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Our environmental science research is multidisciplinary, including subjects ranging from biology to geography and geosciences. Read more

Course Overview

Our environmental science research is multidisciplinary, including subjects ranging from biology to geography and geosciences. Supported by the global outlook and impact of the Newcastle Institute for Sustainability, you will have access to international experts, the latest facilities and a unique research support package to ensure your future success.

Research Areas

MPhil/PhD supervision is normally available in the following areas:

Applied and environmental biology
We conduct research on organisms and processes of commercial and environmental importance, embracing experimental approaches that encompass genomics, molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology. Our research provides evidence for the underlying molecular and physiological processes that affect animal behaviour and physiology.

Environmental change and management
We study long-term system evolution and change, and develop knowledge relating to the Earth's surface and the processes that form its structure and drive its function. Human behaviour and how it can impact on these systems and influence their sustainable management is also studied. You will be part of either the Quaternary Research Group or the Earth Surface Processes Research Group.

Geosciences
Geoscience research at Newcastle is focussed on: Biogeochemistry, with particular strength in microbial ecology, mineralogy, organic, inorganic and isotope geochemistry; Geoenergy, reflecting a balance between fossil fuels as a critical energy resource and the move towards a lower carbon global economy.

Training and Skills

As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and administrative support to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our doctoral training centres, Faculty Training Programmes and Research Student Support Team.

For detailed information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/environmental-science-mphil-phd/#training&skills

How to apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/environmental-science-mphil-phd/#howtoapply

Contact

Applied and environmental biology:
Liam Fisher
Academic Secretary (PG Support)
School of Biology
Telephone +44 (0) 191 208 4848
Email:

Environmental change and management:
Postgraduate Secretary
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 5200
Email:

Geosciences:
Yvonne Hall
Academic Secretary (Geochemistry)
School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 6605
Email:

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