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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Environmental Sciences

    Geography

  • Start Date

    October, January

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, Research Only

  • Course Fees

    Please visit our website for the Environmental Dynamics research programme fee information.

  • Last Updated

    08 July 2019

The MSc by Research in Environmental Dynamics allows you to undertake a year-long individual programme of personally and professionally enriching research. 

Your environmental dynamics research project will be shaped by participation in activities such as seminars, workshops, laboratory activity and fieldwork, as well as your involvement in one of our established research groups.

While this programme in Environmental Dynamics usually finishes after a year, it can be used to progress to the second year of a PhD degree in the appropriate circumstances. 

In the latest Research Assessment Exercise, 95% of Geography research at Swansea was judged to be of international quality, and 60% was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

* Geography at Swansea achieved UK Top Ten for research impact [Research Excellence Framework 2014]

* UK Top 20 for research quality [Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2019]

* Top 75 in the world [51-75 (out of 200) in the new Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2017]

* World ranked in the top 250 [QS World University Rankings 2017]

How you're supervised on the Environmental Dynamics research programme

The diverse work of our current research projects includes:

  • Advancing the application of stable isotopes in tree rings as indicators of climate/environmental change
  • Quantification of the past and future contribution of glaciers and ice sheets to sea level rise
  • Understanding the response of the biosphere to variations in climate
  • Understanding international migration patterns and processes associated with forced migration, labour migration and ‘mixed flows’
  • Cities and urban theory, focusing on the interface between human geography and continental philosophy

You will have access to:

  • a computer laboratory dedicated to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • a remote sensing computer laboratory with 10 high-performance Linux workstations
  • Specialist laboratory suites for stable isotope ratio analysis; tree ring analysis; extraction and identification of organic compounds; pollen extraction and analysis; rainfall simulation; tephra analysis; soil and sediment characterisation

Our computing facilities also include 15 dual-processor workstations for Earth Observation and the Department’s IBM ‘Blue Ice’ Supercomputer, which is mainly used for climate and glaciological modelling.

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Visit the Environmental Dynamics MSc by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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