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  Geological and Environmental Hazards MSc

University of Portsmouth    School of the Environment and Life Sciences

Full time & Part time September, January MSc 1 year full time, 2 years part time 31 January 2025
Geography (17) Geology (18)

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Embark on a thrilling journey into the world of Geological and Environmental Hazards with the MSc programme. Delve into the intricate processes of Earth's geological hazards, guided by expert professionals. Gain hands-on experience in hazard identification, terrain evaluation, and risk assessment techniques. Uncover the secrets of floods, earthquakes, landslides, and more, while utilising cutting-edge geotechnics labs and spatial analysis tools. A highlight of the course is a captivating field trip to Sicily, exploring volcanic activity and earthquake geology firsthand. The programme offers a range of modules, including Geomechanics of Natural Hazards and Volcanology and Seismology, preparing you for a successful career in environmental consultancy, engineering geology, or GIS analysis. Entry requirements include a second-class honours degree in a related discipline or equivalent industrial experience. Join us to become a Chartered Geologist or Scientist and make a difference in the world of geological hazards.

About the course


If you're interested in becoming part of the global network of professionals who understand 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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