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The Master of Geographic Information Science provides a grounding in both theory and practice. You will be competent in advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques, spatial problem solving, and implementation and management of GIS projects. Read more
The Master of Geographic Information Science provides a grounding in both theory and practice. You will be competent in advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques, spatial problem solving, and implementation and management of GIS projects.

Five great reasons to study Geographic Information Science

1. GIS is an ever evolving technology and offers opportunities at the forefront of innovation. GIS provides the foundation for Google Earth and other similar technologies.

2. GIS has become core business in most industries and government sectors including: agriculture, forestry and fisheries; mining, and oil and gas; utilities; waste management and remediation services; construction; educational services; manufacturing; health care and social assistance; wholesale and retail trade; transportation and warehousing; real estate; planning ; international and domestic aid; emergency management; the military and many others. If you are a Geographer or think spatially and have interests in any number of fields, Geographic Information Science is for you.

3. Knowledge in Geographic Information Systems and spatial analysis are desirable skills in many disciplines which set you apart from other job candidates and provide for greater employability. In addition, GIS has been cited as one of the 12 'high-growth' industries worldwide.

4. GIS Saves Lives. Over the last decade, GIS technology helped survivors in numerous natural disasters, including the Japan tsunami, Hurricane Sandy, the Haitian earthquake, Boxing Day tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina. It has become increasingly clear that natural disasters will not stop, but educated GIS professionals have an increasing role to play in disaster management.

5. Marco Polo, Claudius Ptolemy, Alexander von Humboldt, Alfred Russel Wallace, Eratosthenes, Colonel Sir George Everest, and David Livingstone were all Geographers. Their discoveries would have happened more quickly with the availability of GIS technologies.

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Geographic Information Science and Environmental Management - Processing and interpreting complex multi-dimensional spatial datasets is increasingly in demand for the successful management of both built and natural environments. Read more
Geographic Information Science and Environmental Management - Processing and interpreting complex multi-dimensional spatial datasets is increasingly in demand for the successful management of both built and natural environments.

Geographic Information Science (GIS) involves the acquisition, visualisation and analysis of geographical data, including from ecological systems, landforms, soils, water, land use, economic activity and population demographics. When combined with environmental management, it offers a powerful tool for integrating our understanding of environmental processes with strategic planning approaches to resolve problems.

Five great reasons to study Geographic Information Science

1. GIS is an ever evolving technology and offers opportunities at the forefront of innovation. GIS provides the foundation for Google Earth and other similar technologies...need I say more.

2. GIS has become core business in most industries and government sectors including: agriculture, forestry and fisheries; mining, and oil and gas; utilities; waste management and remediation services; construction; educational services; manufacturing; health care and social assistance; wholesale and retail trade; transportation and warehousing; real estate; planning ; international and domestic aid; emergency management; the military and many others. If you are a Geographer or think spatially and have interests in any number of fields, Geographic Information Science is for you.

3. Knowledge in Geographic Information Systems and spatial analysis are desirable skills in many disciplines which set you apart from other job candidates and provide for greater employability. In addition, GIS has been cited as one of the 12 'high-growth' industries worldwide.

4. GIS saves lives! Over the last decade, GIS technology helped survivors in numerous natural disasters, including the Japan tsunami, Hurricane Sandy, the Haitian earthquake, Boxing Day tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina. It has become increasingly clear that natural disasters will not stop, but educated GIS professionals have an increasing role to play in disaster management.

5. Marco Polo, Claudius Ptolemy, Alexander von Humboldt, Alfred Russel Wallace, Eratosthenes, Colonel Sir George Everest, and David Livingstone were all Geographers. Their discoveries would have happened more quickly with the availability of GIS technologies.

Career opportunities

One of the fastest growing areas of demand within the environmental sciences is for professionals with expertise in Geographical Information Science and how this can be applied to environmental management. Employers include private consultancies, environmental groups, and government agencies responsible for water, land use, coastal and marine environments, agriculture, mining and urban planning.

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Disasters are complex events with multifaceted causes and hence disaster management needs comprehensive, multidisciplinary training to deal with both complexity and change. Read more
Disasters are complex events with multifaceted causes and hence disaster management needs comprehensive, multidisciplinary training to deal with both complexity and change. Major shifts have occurred in the way in which disasters are considered, resulting from an increasing awareness of problems internationally along with an identified need for solutions. The importance of disaster risk reduction has continued to grow both within governmental and non-governmental organisations.

This Masters course is a unique programme which will provide a balanced study of environmental hazards and disaster management, pre-event mitigation, disaster risk reduction and disaster relief, along with the development of technical and interpersonal skills. It will enable you to critically assess the effectiveness of the implementation of existing techniques, in order to evaluate good practice and apply it to new situations.

The standard Master’s tuition fees apply. However, additional costs will include the Summer School fees (currently about £1000) and the costs for any optional overseas residential fieldwork. Students may be eligible for bursaries from the University for £1500 or £2000 though conditions apply.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/800-msc-disaster-management-for-environmental-hazards

What you will study

The course will develop knowledge, technical skills, interpersonal and management skills, and expertise. You will study a range of hazards using examples from the UK and other countries. This will provide you with the experience to assess risks and vulnerabilities from desk-based research, laboratory and field situations, consider hazard management and disaster risk reduction strategies, and critically review the concept of resilience along with techniques for its development.

You will consider the dynamic and multi-faceted nature of disasters and examine a range of aspects pertinent to the operational, political and socio-cultural issues involved in disaster relief, including aspects of international law. The course will ensure a sound working knowledge and experience with one of the mostly widely used GIS platforms, extensively used by many planning authorities, GOs and NGOs, and you will develop valuable skills in the acquisition and processing of spatial datasets with a wide variety of disaster management applications, along with the ability to visualise and depict spatial information.

You will develop interpersonal skills for effective team-working, group leadership, and organisational management including the assessment of priorities, allocation of resources and co-ordination of activities through simulation experience. This range of interpersonal skills and humanitarian core competencies will enhance your employability after graduation.

Opportunities for study on residential field courses will include the use of field simulations either in Finland or in the UK, and the option to examine environmental hazards and evaluate management strategies on overseas residential field courses. Currently, the field course takes place in southern Italy to examine volcanic, seismic, landslide and tsunami hazards.

You will study the following modules:
- Principles and Concepts in Disasters
- Management of Coastal and Hydrological Hazards
- Management of Geological and Technological Hazards
- Personal Preparedness for Disasters
- Professional Development for Disasters

Plus two of the following optional modules:
- ArcGIS Principles and Practice
- Remote Sensing
- Work Based Learning
- Professional Practice in Disasters

You will also complete a Masters Dissertation Project. The literature review work and project plans will be completed before your work placements. The Master’s dissertation will be undertaken after the placement has been completed. Preparation for the Master’s project or dissertation will commence in the Spring term.

Learning and teaching methods

The course is designed in a modular format and will be offered on a full and part time basis. Delivery will be mixed-mode, with a combination of traditional lectures, practicals and distance learning with supporting tutorials. For full time students, study will take place over 14 months, and for part time students, study may typically take two to three years.

Study will utilise a range of diverse learning approaches and activities to acknowledge the rich and diverse character and content of the body of knowledge that forms this Master’s degree course. It will include:
- Attending the Summer School.
- Lectures
- Seminars and tutorials.
- Completing work packages by distance learning through the Virtual Learning Environment.
- Actively participating in computer workshops and laboratory work.
- Undertaking a range of field based studies and data collection.
- Participating in group based activities and simulations.
- One-to-one interactions with academic staff.
- Fieldwork including community-based learning.
- Self-directed study.
- Optional field or work-placement.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

A range of study pathways are provided depending on career intentions after graduation. Options involving work, field or disaster placements are desirable for employers and will be the preferred option for students on the course. Placement settings could include:
- NGOs working on disaster risk reduction projects or disaster relief;
- Civil protection or planning authorities
- Specialist environmental consultancies
- UK or overseas research projects.

The initial arrangement of work and field placements will begin early in the course and the work/field placement will normally be expected to begin within the following Summer term. Preparation for the Master’s project or dissertation will commence in the Spring term, with literature review work and project plans to be completed before placements take place. The Master’s dissertation will be undertaken after the placement has been completed.

Assessment methods

Field trips:
Fieldwork provides unforgettable educational and social experiences, bringing to life the theory and concepts of the lecture theatre. South Wales is a fantastic study location on the edge of rural and urban environments.

Cardiff, Wales’ capital city, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Glamorgan Heritage Coast are all close to the University. They provide exceptional fieldwork locations that can be explored in a day. We make full use of these locations across our earth and environment courses to cover the practical aspects of our modules.

Please note: the exact locations of all overseas field trips may vary each year and is based on the area’s suitability for academic study and the overall cost of the trip.

Important Information

Please be aware of the physical demands of this course which has modules with significant fieldwork elements. If you therefore have a disability which is likely to be affected by these physical demands, please get in touch with the course leader Dr Anthony Harris, as soon as possible. We will then investigate the reasonable adjustments that we can make to ensure your Health and Safety. Please note that if any Health & Safety aspects cannot be overcome, we may not be able to offer you a place on the course of your choice.

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The international community and the EU in particular, have been calling for improvement in the process of delivering aid aiming at enhancing the ability of aid organisations to react efficiently and effectively to the increased occurrence of disasters. Read more

Overview

The international community and the EU in particular, have been calling for improvement in the process of delivering aid aiming at enhancing the ability of aid organisations to react efficiently and effectively to the increased occurrence of disasters. The significance of disasters is increasing due to variables such as population growth, climate change, urbanisation and global connectivity. The impact of natural disasters such as the Tsunami on the Far East and Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans is still being felt in those regions. Human initiated disasters such as the Twin Towers collapse and the Madrid and London bombings have had an enormous impact on security systems and world travel. Biologically based disasters such as SARS and bird flu similarly have had worldwide impact.

The MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management is a unique programme and is the first in the world to combine the academic disciplines of humanitarian logistics and emergency management. The programme builds on the established strengths and reputation of Ireland and in particular Irish Aid, in delivering humanitarian assistance to those in need.

The organizations providing the first phase of disaster response need the capacity and capabilities to deliver goods and services quickly to those impacted by an event. This is often under difficult circumstances in foreign locations and across cultures. The organisations involved in delivering the aid also need to be responsive in order to quickly provide resources required for the basic necessities of survival in the critical period immediately after an event in order to reduce further loss of life. This programme is a multi-disciplinary programme that provides high quality academic education and professional competencies for personnel working in or intending to work in the area of humanitarian relief to deal with the matters outlined. The programme will provide humanitarian professionals with the competences to work effectively and efficiently in challenging environments.

The programme aims to contribute to the development needs of future managers and employees in public, private sector organizations and nongovernmental organisations. Providing graduates with disciplinary expertise with an additional set of management and business tools will significantly enhance their employment potential.

The programme is designed to meet the requirements of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Irish Aid) and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government for practitioners in the management of humanitarian disasters and major emergencies. It is aimed at practitioners in public, private and voluntary sectors who are engaged in Humanitarian Logistics & Emergency Management. The programme has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Emergency Planning Society (EPS).

It is aimed at practitioners in public, private and voluntary sectors who are engaged in Humanitarian Logistics & Emergency Management.

See the website https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/school-business/our-courses/3u-msc-humanitarian-logistics-and-emergency-management-0

Some quotes from the Minister Joe Costello TD, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Trade and Development:

•“I am delighted to be here to launch this new and innovative course which will prepare graduates to address the humanitarian emergencies of the future, crises that will be more demanding and challenging than ever before.”

•“This programme will provide graduates with the disciplinary expertise and management tools to meet the many challenges that are encountered in the field of humanitarian relief and emergency management.”

Some quotes from students:

•The practical nature of the workshop is of great benefit in placing the sort of pressures on the participants which is lacking in the academic nature of university courses and of great benefit to those who have not experienced such pressure environments before.

•The Coordination simulation exercise was extremely interesting. I found this to be very useful. It is an effective way to understand why a well planned, organised coordination of NGO's on the ground is vitally important to the beneficiaries. The pressure of the Donor agendas and their requirements, public scrutiny, publicity and personality clashes demonstrate the need for a cohesive unit, able to perform 'together' under extreme pressure. •Carrying out practical application of the theories learned during the lectures reinforces these in a way that academic research and study cannot.

•I found the day informative, challenging and enjoyable. The sharing of the lecturers from the field together with the use of visually strong material, open and honest comments included in the inside disaster video was extremely insightful into the difficulties faced by aid workers.

•The lecturer encourages discussion and participation which I feel is of benefit to me as a student.

•I find this course extremely interesting, I always feel satisfied that I am learning something useful in this class.

•The case study w as a very interesting and challenging exercise. It required a lot of research by the group to build our understanding of how a supply chain is established in a major humanitarian crisis. We meet as a group before the class to brainstorm the case study, this exercise w as team building and thought provoking.

•Very stimulating class. The material was available prior to the class which allowed us to digest it as a group and understand the main points of the lecture.

•Reviewing the current situation in the Philippines and comparing this with the crisis in Syria was excellent. The comparison of two level 3 emergencies, how they developed over different time scales with total different responses to each crisis reinforced earlier presentations on the pace at which natural disasters happen in comparison to civil or manmade disasters.

•I would like to express how much I have really enjoyed this programme. The programme has shown me that education at this level does not have to be boring and all theory but can be challenging, interactive and entertaining.

•The lectures are interesting because we are encouraged to engage in discussion on the topics being covered. I think the slides are very well presented and easy to understand and there’s a good balance between media content and discussion. Reading content in relation to lecture is posted on Moodle in advance and this gives me every opportunity to prepare for lecture.

•Completing the UN service mindset training for logisticians and receiving the certificates for same as part of the programme is an excellent initiative.

Course Structure

Modules include decision making, project management, crisis communication, hazard analysis and risk assessment, emergency management, planning and cooperation and coordination in humanitarian logistics.

Career Options

The course contributes to the development needs of those involved in the field of humanitarian relief, international co-operation and emergency management. The course material takes a broad, cross-sectoral and international approach to humanitarian emergency relief. The programme prepares students for roles ranging from project management, humanitarian logistics, research, management, emergency management, communications, business continuity to monitoring, performance management and evaluation. Accordingly this course prepares graduates for a wide range of senior management roles in all types of humanitarian organisations. The breadth and depth of the programme, plus its in-company research dimension renders the graduate attractive to an array of future employers. Accordingly this course prepares graduates for a wide range of senior management roles in all types of humanitarian organisations and crisis management organisations.

Find out how to apply here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/school-business/our-courses/3u-msc-humanitarian-logistics-and-emergency-management-0#tabs-apply

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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The international community and the EU in particular, have been calling for improvement in the process of delivering aid aiming at enhancing the ability of aid organisations to react efficiently and effectively to the increased occurrence of disasters. Read more

Overview

The international community and the EU in particular, have been calling for improvement in the process of delivering aid aiming at enhancing the ability of aid organisations to react efficiently and effectively to the increased occurrence of disasters. The significance of disasters is increasing due to variables such as population growth, climate change, urbanisation and global connectivity. The impact of natural disasters such as the Tsunami on the Far East and Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans is still being felt in those regions. Human initiated disasters such as the Twin Towers collapse and the Madrid and London bombings have had an enormous impact on security systems and world travel. Biologically based disasters such as SARS and bird flu similarly have had worldwide impact.

The MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management is a unique programme and is the first in the world to combine the academic disciplines of humanitarian logistics and emergency management. The programme builds on the established strengths and reputation of Ireland and in particular Irish Aid, in delivering humanitarian assistance to those in need.

The organizations providing the first phase of disaster response need the capacity and capabilities to deliver goods and services quickly to those impacted by an event. This is often under difficult circumstances in foreign locations and across cultures. The organisations involved in delivering the aid also need to be responsive in order to quickly provide resources required for the basic necessities of survival in the critical period immediately after an event in order to reduce further loss of life. This programme is a multi-disciplinary programme that provides high quality academic education and professional competencies for personnel working in or intending to work in the area of humanitarian relief to deal with the matters outlined. The programme will provide humanitarian professionals with the competences to work effectively and efficiently in challenging environments.

The programme aims to contribute to the development needs of future managers and employees in public, private sector organizations and nongovernmental organisations. Providing graduates with disciplinary expertise with an additional set of management and business tools will significantly enhance their employment potential.

The programme is designed to meet the requirements of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Irish Aid) and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government for practitioners in the management of humanitarian disasters and major emergencies. It is aimed at practitioners in public, private and voluntary sectors who are engaged in Humanitarian Logistics & Emergency Management. The programme has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Emergency Planning Society (EPS).

It is aimed at practitioners in public, private and voluntary sectors who are engaged in Humanitarian Logistics & Emergency Management.

See the website https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/find-course/humanitarian-logistics-and-emergency-management

Some quotes from the Minister Joe Costello TD, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Trade and Development:

•“I am delighted to be here to launch this new and innovative course which will prepare graduates to address the humanitarian emergencies of the future, crises that will be more demanding and challenging than ever before.”

•“This programme will provide graduates with the disciplinary expertise and management tools to meet the many challenges that are encountered in the field of humanitarian relief and emergency management.”

Some quotes from students:
•The practical nature of the workshop is of great benefit in placing the sort of pressures on the participants which is lacking in the academic nature of university courses and of great benefit to those who have not experienced such pressure environments before.

•The Coordination simulation exercise was extremely interesting. I found this to be very useful. It is an effective way to understand why a well planned, organised coordination of NGO's on the ground is vitally important to the beneficiaries. The pressure of the Donor agendas and their requirements, public scrutiny, publicity and personality clashes demonstrate the need for a cohesive unit, able to perform 'together' under extreme pressure. •Carrying out practical application of the theories learned during the lectures reinforces these in a way that academic research and study cannot.

•I found the day informative, challenging and enjoyable. The sharing of the lecturers from the field together with the use of visually strong material, open and honest comments included in the inside disaster video was extremely insightful into the difficulties faced by aid workers.

•The lecturer encourages discussion and participation which I feel is of benefit to me as a student.

•I find this course extremely interesting, I always feel satisfied that I am learning something useful in this class.

•The case study w as a very interesting and challenging exercise. It required a lot of research by the group to build our understanding of how a supply chain is established in a major humanitarian crisis. We meet as a group before the class to brainstorm the case study, this exercise w as team building and thought provoking.

•Very stimulating class. The material was available prior to the class which allowed us to digest it as a group and understand the main points of the lecture.

•Reviewing the current situation in the Philippines and comparing this with the crisis in Syria was excellent. The comparison of two level 3 emergencies, how they developed over different time scales with total different responses to each crisis reinforced earlier presentations on the pace at which natural disasters happen in comparison to civil or manmade disasters.

•I would like to express how much I have really enjoyed this programme. The programme has shown me that education at this level does not have to be boring and all theory but can be challenging, interactive and entertaining.

•The lectures are interesting because we are encouraged to engage in discussion on the topics being covered. I think the slides are very well presented and easy to understand and there’s a good balance between media content and discussion. Reading content in relation to lecture is posted on Moodle in advance and this gives me every opportunity to prepare for lecture.

•Completing the UN service mindset training for logisticians and receiving the certificates for same as part of the programme is an excellent initiative.

Course Structure

Modules include decision making, project management, crisis communication, hazard analysis and risk assessment, emergency management, planning and cooperation and coordination in humanitarian logistics.

Career Options

The course contributes to the development needs of those involved in the field of humanitarian relief, international co-operation and emergency management. The course material takes a broad, cross-sectoral and international approach to humanitarian emergency relief. The programme prepares students for roles ranging from project management, humanitarian logistics, research, management, emergency management, communications, business continuity to monitoring, performance management and evaluation. Accordingly this course prepares graduates for a wide range of senior management roles in all types of humanitarian organisations. The breadth and depth of the programme, plus its in-company research dimension renders the graduate attractive to an array of future employers. Accordingly this course prepares graduates for a wide range of senior management roles in all types of humanitarian organisations and crisis management organisations.

Find out how to apply here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/how-apply

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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This Course is Open for 2016-17 entry. Royal Holloway is one of the leading international centres for petroleum geoscience training and research. Read more
This Course is Open for 2016-17 entry.

Royal Holloway is one of the leading international centres for petroleum geoscience training and research. Our MSc Petroleum Geoscience course was established in 1985 and, with over 600 graduates from 32 countries, it is recognised around the world as one of the premier training courses for people starting out on careers in the hydrocarbon industry.

Our excellent links with the international oil industry, combined with high quality teaching and research facilities make the Royal Holloway MSc an ideal option if you are a recent graduate looking for a focused, vocational training course, or if you are an early career professional wishing to enhance your career development.

You can choose between several course modules to specialise your training in topics focussing on basin evolution or structural analysis and tectonics.

You will be joining a department where the Research Excellence Framework (REF) reported that 94% of research has been classified as 4* world leading and 3* internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour. By this criterion, Earth Sciences is 2nd place among UK universities. You will become part of a vibrant international graduate school, fully integrated into the research culture of the department.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/earthsciences/coursefinder/mscpetroleumgeoscience.aspx

Why choose this course?

- There is a huge demand for well qualified petroleum geoscientists. Companies worldwide are facing up to the challenge of replacing an ageing workforce with young graduates who can apply their knowledge and quickly learn from more experienced colleagues.

- We are one of the world leaders in the field of petroleum geoscience. Our MSc is recognised as a premier training course that will provide you with the practical and technical skills required to meet the challenges facing the hydrocarbon industry.

- You will develop the ability to integrate geological and geophysical data, and to apply your knowledge on a variety of scales, so that you can address a range of questions; from understanding the distribution of hydrocarbons in sedimentary basins, to quantifying the complex structural, stratigraphic and sedimentological architecture of individual reservoirs.

- We have excellent links with the international oil industry, including an Advisory Board with representatives from 14 multinational companies, which ensures that our teaching is up-to-date, relevant and will prepare you for a career in the industry.

- An MSc in Petroleum Geoscience from Royal Holloway also provides you with the geological and transferable skills to work in other Earth Science-related fields, and prepares you for further postgraduate study.

- This is a flexible course, allowing you study full-time, part-time or through distance learning. If you opt to study part-time you will have also have the option of studying through sandwich mode (complete terms in separate years).

- Field work in the UK and Spain is an important part of the programme and is fully integrated with the course units.

- The Department receives a number of studentships from industry sponsors and from the Research Council which are available to UK and EU applicants. Everyone who applies for a place on this course is automatically considered for these studentships, and no further application is required.

Department research and industry highlights

Our research follows four main themes:

- Geodynamics and Sedimentary Systems
The interaction between tectonic, volcanic and sedimentary processes to generate surface and sub-surface architectures. With a diverse range of expertise, researchers integrate geophysics, structural geology, sedimentology and modelling to improve our understanding of a wide range of geodynamic settings. Our interests range from the evolution of rift systems and passive margins to the tectonics of mountain belts and include an emphasis on sediment dynamics in all settings. Much of the research in this theme is funded by industry.

- Physics & Chemistry of Earth Processes
Quantitative characterization of Physical and Chemical processes within the Earth. This group plays a role in many research activities across the department and helps to ensure a rigorous academic approach. Research applications in geochemistry stem from development of world-class geochemical techniques in radiogenic (Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf-U-Th) and stable (C,H,O,N,S) isotopes, based on strategic partnerships with instrument manufacturers. In geophysics we have extensive expertise in both exploration geophysics and global geophysics. However, the group's main contribution extends well outside the traditional scope of geophysics and geochemistry into areas such as sedimentology, tectonics, palaeontology, oceans and atmospheres, the link between magmatism and tectonics, and the nature of the shallow mantle. In addition to making wide use of geochemical and geophysical data, we have developed a wide variety of forward and inverse modelling techniques (mathematical, numerical and laboratory-analogue).

- Global Environmental Change
Key transitions in Earth history including modern global change. A wide range of proxies and finger-printing techniques are employed to focus on issues of global change such as methane as a greenhouse gas, coastal and estuarine dynamics, modern and ancient sedimentary processes, Phanerozoic environmental change and associated biotic responses, the biogeochemistry of Archaean ecosystems and evolution of life through geologic time. In addition, we pioneer new research on the impact of ice sheet contamination and associated chemistry on climate change.

- Natural Hazards
Integrating several strands of current research within the department, this newly developing theme investigates a range of natural hazards, including intraplate earthquakes, subduction zones, volcanoes, landslides and associated tsunami, as well as environmental hazards. It utilises field studies, remote sensing data, numerical modelling, geophysical data from sites around the globe.

On completion of the course graduates will have:

- an understanding of the processes that control the structural and stratigraphic architecture of sedimentary basins

- an understanding of petroleum systems and the controls on the distribution of hydrocarbons and other fluids in sedimentary basins

- an understanding of the properties of hydrocarbon reservoirs, and the implications of this for hydrocarbon production and field development

- the ability to use seismic, well log, core and remotely sensed data to evaluate sedimentary basins, hydrocarbon prospects and hydrocarbon fields.

Assessment

The taught course units are assessed by a combination of written exams and course work. Each of the six units comprises 10% of the total assessment for the MSc course. The remaining 40% of the assessment comes from the Independent Research Project.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable; 92% remain in petroleum geosciences and related fields after graduation – approximately 75% entering the industry and 20% continuing in research (mainly as PhD students).

Graduates find employment in a wide range of companies, from multinationals (such as Shell, BP, Statoil, BG, Centrica, GDF-Suez), large independents (e.g. Tullow, Hess), small independent companies (e.g. Volantis), and a wide range of consultancy companies (e.g. Fugro-Roberston, RPS, Equipoise, IHS, Midland Valley)

How to apply

Applications for entry to our campus based full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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