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

About the course


If you're fascinated by the natural and man-made hazards that affect our planet and want to understand the physical processes that generate natural hazards, then the MSc Geological and Environmental Hazards degree course will take your understanding of the challenges ahead to the next level.

This course focuses on the physical processes that generate natural hazards through an advanced understanding of geological processes, mechanical behaviour of geological materials, field recognition and mapping of hazards, catastrophe modelling, quantitative hazard modelling and risk assessment techniques.

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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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