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  Geological and Environmental Hazards MSc

University of Portsmouth    School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full time, 2 years part time

About the course


If you're interested in becoming part of the global network of professionals who predict and prepare for geological and environmental hazards such as earthquakes or volcanic activity, this Geological and Environmental Hazards Master's course will give you the technical skills, training and fieldwork experience you'll need.

The course focuses on the physical processes that take place in the Earth that cause geological hazards. You'll be trained by experts in hazard identification, terrain evaluation, hazard modelling and risk assessment techniques. You'll learn how to manage – and mitigate – the impact of floods, earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes and coastal erosion.

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Entry Requirements

A second class honours degree or equivalent in Geology, Earth Science, Applied Geology, Civil Engineering, Geography, Environmental Science or a related discipline. Industrial experience will also be considered on an individual basis.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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Jonathan Butland

Prior to attending the University of Portsmouth, Jon completed a BSc (Hons) in Geology, achieving a 2:1, at the University of Plymouth.

I decided to do a Master’s course because I wanted to further my knowledge and techniques in a subject I had enjoyed so much at undergraduate level. I also felt a Master’s degree is likely to increase my chances of success when looking for jobs in the future.

The University of Portsmouth has a great reputation within the geology industry and has a high employability rate. I discovered many work colleagues in the industry, and lecturers from other universities, hold Master’s or Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Portsmouth and recommended Portsmouth to me.

Furthermore, recommendations from undergraduate lecturers and postgraduate alumni have also highlighted Portsmouth as a good place to undertake a Master’s degree.

Once I complete my Master’s degree I intend to work within the Geology industry. I will then perhaps consider doing a PhD.

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