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About the course

The MSc in Geoscience Research is a research-focused masters programme designed to provide a strong educational background for a career in research and development, or the public or private sector. During the course, you will develop generic and subject-specific research skills through working with our research-active staff on an extended research project of your choice. We have research project opportunities at Keele, with UK-based external organisations and with overseas institutions.

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Our MSc in Geoscience Research is a research-focused masters programme designed to develop generic and subject specific research skills over a broad range of disciplines within Geology and Geoscience, providing a strong educational background for a career in research and development, or the public

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should have an honours degree in Geology, Geoscience, Physical Geography, Environmental Science, or a related discipline, or hold an equivalent qualification. The minimum degree category for entry is 2:2 (or international equivalent). Students who can evidence alternative professional qualifications and/or relevant experience/training will also be considered.

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Student Profile(s)

Daniel Roberts

3551.jpg Undergraduate degree:

Geology and Physical Geography from Keele University

Current employment:

Graduate Geophysicist, AECOM (formerly URS).

What did you do after graduation and how did you get this job?

During my MSc placement at the University of Oviedo, Spain, I decided it was in my best interest to start looking and applying for jobs. I applied for one job in February 2014, thinking that they would never get back to me, and three days later I received a call to say that they would like to interview me and that they would pay for my flights from Spain. I had the interview in Nottingham and within two hours of leaving the interview room they offered me the Graduate Geophysicist role. The best thing about it was that the company were kind enough to accommodate me whilst I was conducting research in Spain and deferred my start date to June 2014.

I have been working full-time since three months before the thesis hand-in deadline date and managed to gain an MSc with Distinction.

What did you learn on the MSc Geoscience Research Training which helped you get the job, or helps with your role now?

The MSc Geoscience Research Training course has provided me with invaluable knowledge and skills which have proved extremely beneficial to me. The course has undoubtedly provided me with a solid foundation and understanding geophysical techniques in order to tackle anything that may occur during my working life.
Techniques such as data collection, analysis, presentation skills, report writing and language learning have also been beneficial to me as it has given me a greater confidence to apply myself in almost any scenario that may come my way.

Do you have any advice for current/prospective MSc Geoscience Research Training students interested in a similar career?

I would say the best thing to do is to tackle this MSc head-on and do not leave anything to the last minute. Treat this course as a 9-5 job and you will achieve greatness. Get involved with any practical work you can to gain the hands-on experience needed for working life, whether that is volunteering on practical excursions with lecturers, conducting your own mini fieldtrips, or actively pursuing training opportunities. All of these will boost your CV. Also, utilise the fantastic resources that Keele has to offer and do not be afraid to ask questions if you have any doubts. But, most importantly – apply for jobs!


Keir Nichols

3552.jpg Undergraduate Degree:
Physical Geography from Aberystwyth University

Current Employment:
PhD Student and Graduate Research Assistant at Tulane University, New Orleans, USA

What did you do after graduation and how did you get this job?
Im currently studying for a PhD at Tulane University, New Orleans, USA!

What did you learn on the MSc Geoscience Research Training which helped you get the job, or helps you now?

My MSc placement was focussed on the study of foraminifera contained within a marine sediment core sampled from the Canadian Arctic. This involved a large amount of lab work, which meant that I developed key interdisciplinary skills such as sticking to strict lab methods, good practice within the lab, keeping the lab clean etc. The knowledge and experience of Quaternary environmental change that I gained through the MSc course, was a huge part of why I got offered a place to study at Tulane. My supervisor was very impressed with the MSc course at Keele, especially its focus on laboratory work and producing research of a high standard.
The MSc course also vastly improved my personal confidence through multiple research presentations that I gave at Keele and MacEwan universities, as well as one on a visit to the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Nova Scotia. This improved confidence will help when I give presentations as part of my role at Tulane, it will also help when I work as a teaching assistant next semester.

Do you have any advice for current/prospective MSc Geoscience Research Training students interested in a similar career?

The focus of this course on research is an attractive experience for academics looking for students to work towards a PhD, so if this is what you want to do, then this is certainly a great course for it! I'd advise students undertaking a research placement to get stuck in as quickly as possible, so that things don't build up towards the end of the placement, when you're thinking about heading back to Keele or finishing the research. Make sure to have fun as well! If your placement is in another country then this will come with many benefits and obstacles - it can be a truly unforgettable experience, one that should be made the most of. Try to balance work and play as best you can in order to get a great grade as well as some memorable experiences.


Joe Ainsworth

- What influenced your decision to study this course?

I wanted to enhance the knowledge that the undergraduate degree had given me and use the opportunity to specialise in something that I enjoy. It also appealed as I could create my own project with the help of my supervisor, and had full control of what was going on.

- Can you provide an overview of your research project you undertook during your course?

I researched WWII era air raid shelters at three sites across the UK.

- What skills and/or experience did you gain?

I Improved my research skills, learned to discipline myself and to manage a project from start to finish, report writing, surveying, collaborating with professionals and academics, geophysical knowledge, organisational skills, presentation skills.

- What was the highlight of the course?

Collaborating with my friends and supervisors to do a variety of geophysical surveying and helping with their projects, not to mention the freedom of the course allowing me to work when I wanted and leaving me in full control.

- What did you do after graduation and how did you get this job?

I worked for a short period in bars as a bartender, as a geophysical processor at a consultancy and I now work full time at an environmental consultancy in Shropshire.

- How did the course prepare you for your next job?

Particular skills which have been useful have been researching, report writing, organisational skills on the whole. Also surveying related and geology knowledge is also useful. The job is not directly a geophysical surveying job so it has not 100% translated my skills from MSc to employment at the moment.

- How did you find the support from staff within the School of GGE?

Support has been exceptional. Dr Jamie Pringle as my supervisor was brilliant and went out of his way regularly to help me and the rest of the cohort. Support from other staff members, including admin and technicians was also exceptional.

- What advice would you give to a potential student looking to study this course?

I would inform them that this course gives you control to do what project you like, work how you like and provides you with a broad spectrum of skills that will be useful regardless of the project. It is also cheaper than other MScs, which is something I factored in.


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