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Geoscience Research (MSc)


Course Description

Overview

Our MSc in Geoscience Research is a research-focused postgraduate taught master's course with industry and international placement opportunities designed for a career in research, academia or a discipline related work setting.

The course consists of six modules spread over three semesters, including an extensive research project in geoscience, environmental science or physical geography.

Project areas range from applied and environmental geophysics to igneous petrology, volcanology, Quaternary environments, palaeoclimates, palaeoceanography, biogeochemistry, landscape ecology, sedimentology, palaeontology, renewable and alternative energy, and petroleum geoscience.

A distinct feature of this master’s programme is the opportunity for UK students to complete a placement at one of several European, North American and Asian partner institutions, all of which have established research links with Keele staff. However, as a UK student, you can also choose to carry out your research project here at Keele or in collaboration with local or UK-based industry. As an international student, you will undertake your research and placement at Keele University under the supervision of international experts in their chosen research area.

The emphasis on the substantial ‘hands on’ research training with the provision of an international placement option makes this programme unique within the Higher Education Sector in the UK and will thus increase your employability. We believe that this will help to develop future employees with an international outlook.

The MSc Geoscience Research programme at Keele offers the added value of the Distinctive Keele Curriculum (DKC), which develops students' intellectual, personal and professional capabilities (Keele Graduate Attributes) through both subject-specific and generic workshops and activities.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/geoscienceresearch/

Course Aims

The principal aim of this Masters course is to develop your generic and specific research skills in an area of the Geosciences or related scientific disciplines, which will enhance your employment prospects. On completion of the programme you will:

- Have a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of the chosen research area in Geosciences;

- Gain a conceptual understanding to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline area;

- Be able to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses;

- Possess developed scientific skills and knowledge, and transferable skills, in a UK-based or international workplace setting;

- Have a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research;

- Attain organisational and commercial awareness.

For those students undertaking a placement/research project in Europe the work and achievement on the programme will be documented in the EU Europass, a record of achievement signed by all parties. All students are required to pursue the University’s ‘Realise’ scheme which enables them to identify their personal and professional skills and development needs.

Course Content

The MSc programme is full-time for 12 months, starting in September.

The programme comprises six modules including a research project/placement which is undertaken either at Keele University or on placement with a host institution overseas:
- Generic Research Skills (15 credits)

- Specific Research Skills (15 credits)

- Literature Review (15 credits)

- Modern Language Module* or Academic English for Postgraduate Students** or Geoscience Option Module*** (15 credits)

- Research Project Design and Management (30 credits)

- Dissertation (90 credits)

*Students undertaking their research project at a host institution overseas will choose a modern language module or a language and culture module for their international placement.

**International students for whom English is not their first language will take Academic English for Postgraduate Students to further improve their English language skills.

*** UK/Native English speaking international students undertaking their research project at Keele University or a host institution in the UK can take a selected Geoscience option module relevant to their research area. These may include: Natural Hazards; Glaciers & Glacial Geomorphology; Global Environmental Change; Water Resources; Hydrological & Engineering Geology; Structure and Geodynamics; Economic Geology; Advanced Topics in Sedimentology; Exploration Geophysics for the Hydrocarbon Industry; Petroleum Geology; Volcanic and Magmatic Processes.

Teaching & Assessment

You will be taught by experienced, well qualified and enthusiastic staff. All of the staff are research active within the discipline, accomplished at working on research funded work both nationally and internationally. The programme team are enthusiastic to share their teaching, research and professional experience to help you achieve success in your studies.

You will complete formal assessment on all modules. Assessments will include presentations, reflective diary, reports, reviews, portfolio and a dissertation. During your placement this will include keeping an extensive record of the training attended and skills obtained, with a reflective report (for the research training portfolio), as well as a dissertation on the project undertaken during the placement.

The research project/dissertation is based on the submission of a 20,000-25,000 word report that is undertaken in conjunction with an academic supervisor and, where appropriate, an industrial collaborator.

Additional Costs

There will be additional costs in terms of living expenses, travel and insurance related with the placement if you choose to undertake your research project with an overseas host institution. The amount required will be dependent on the cost of living associated with certain countries.

UK Students choosing a placement research project in an EU member state will be eligible to apply for an ERASMUS scholarship.

Employment Case Studies

Our research-focused course with industry and international placement opportunities leads our graduates into a diverse range of careers.

Our students have chosen careers in research, academia or a discipline related work setting, including geotechnical and environmental consultancies, and local, regional, national or multi-national corporations.

For examples of what graduates are doing now, see here - https://www.keele.ac.uk/gge/applicants/postgraduatetaughtcourses/mscgeoscienceresearch/employmentcasestudies/

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

Visit the Geoscience Research (MSc) page on the Keele University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

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!

(Student Profile)

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.


(Scholarship)

Keele Graduate Bursaries - 20+ Awards

Eligibility
Students who have graduated from Keele or a Keele programme delivered overseas. Students who undertook a study abroad placement or exchange programme at Keele will also be eligible for this fee reduction.The Keele Graduate Bursaries are available for all taught postgraduate courses other than those where financial support is already available - such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Social Work or certain courses where the student fee is directly funded by the National Health Service.Exceptions
Please note that this cannot be combined with other scholarships with the exception of the Faculty of Natural Science Bursary, and in the event that a student is eligible for more than one award, the higher value award will be applied.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000

Eligibility

Available on taught postgraduate course tuition fees for all UK/EU students who have graduated either from a first degree programme, or the Certificate in Counselling at Keele.For International students who have graduated from Keele or a Keele programme delivered overseas, a discount of 15% of the taught postgraduate course fee is offered. Students who undertook a study abroad placement or exchange programme at Keele will also be eligible for this fee reduction.

Application Procedure

There is no application form for this award, it is automatically applied.The £1,000, or 15%, will be deducted from the second payment instalment of postgraduate tuition fees. For part-time and modular study, deductions will be made on a pro rata basis.Please note: to obtain the discount you must begin postgraduate study during 2015 or 2016. For further information about our postgraduate bursaries and scholarships for UK and EU students, contact [email protected]; if you are an international student contact [email protected]

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtscholarships/


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Keele International Student Scholarship (KISS) scheme - 20+ Awards

EligibilityThe Scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate excellence in at least two of the following areas:
Academic qualifications,
English Language ability,
Understanding of the course and motivation to study at Keele,
Extra-curricular or work experience
This award is for international fee payers only and can not be combined with any other University funded scholarship or bursary which is intended for international fee paying students. In cases where an applicant is eligible for more than one award, the highest value award will be applied.Exceptions
Please note that this scholarship cannot be combined with any other Keele scholarship. In cases where an application is awarded more than one Keele scholarship, the highest value will apply.

Value of Scholarship(s)

3000 towards the cost of annual tuition fees

Eligibility

The Keele International Student Scholarship for postgraduate students is worth GBP3000 deducted from the cost of your tuition fees. Last year our successful applicants came from a variety of countries including China, India, Nigeria, South Africa and Vietnam and they applied for a diverse range of courses including Biomedical Blood Sciences; Finance and Management; Human Rights, Globalisation and Justice; and International Relations.

Application Procedure

To apply for the KIS Scholarship you must have applied to Keele and been offered a place to study here. You must then complete a separate application form (download KISS Application Form using the link below) Applications must have been received and processed before the start of academic year for which the application is made. KISS Scholarships cannot be awarded to students who have already started their degree at Keele.The International Scholarships Panel, which consists of Academic and International Office staff, will consider applications on a monthly basis. Only one application may be made and any applications made after the relevant deadline will be considered on a case by case basis. The Panel’s decision is final.

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/kiss/


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North American Bursary - 20+ Awards

About the Award
Applicants from the USA and Canada intending to study a taught master’s course are automatically entitled to a 10% reduction on the published tuition fee.Eligibility
Applicants will be required to prove their nationality.Exceptions
Please note that this cannot be combined with any other scholarship and in the event that a student is eligible for more than one award, the higher value award will be applied.How to apply
There is no application form, the award is automatically applied.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% of overseas fees

Eligibility

Open to all American and Canadian students

Application Procedure

Automatic process - please flag eligibility during application

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/northamericanbursary/


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Keele Graduate Scholarship - 20+ Awards

Please note that PGCE and MA Social Work are not included in this award.

Value of Scholarship(s)

500

Eligibility

We will award a tuition fee discount of £500 to students who attain first class honours in their first undergraduate degree and come to Keele to study a taught postgraduate course to at least postgraduate diploma level.

Application Procedure

Payment will be made pro rata for postgraduate study. You do not have to apply for this award. We will write to you by the end of October after enrolment to confirm the award.

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtscholarships/


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Keele Access Scholarship - 20+ Awards

You may also be eligible to receive a Keele Access Scholarship if you have declared that you have a disability on your application for postgraduate study at Keele.

Value of Scholarship(s)

850

Eligibility

Please note that this bursary will take the form of a fee waiver which will be applied pro rata for part-time study. Fee waivers of up to £850 are being made available for students from backgrounds with low participation in higher education who wish to take a taught postgraduate course at Keele to at least postgraduate diploma level.

Application Procedure

You may be eligible for a scholarship if you live in an area of the UK from which very few students progress to higher education (officially defined as a Low Participation Neighbourhood). Check your area on our Access Scholarships - UK Postcode Checker.

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtscholarships/


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Early Payment Incentive - 20+ Awards

About the Award
For students enrolling in January 2016 and September 2016 Keele University offers an Early Payment Incentive for all new self-funded international fee paying students who pay their full tuition fees (total tuition fees for taught postgraduates) before 5th January 2016 and 1st September 2016 respectively. The incentive will take the form of £500 on a KeeleCard for use in all campus facilities, to pay groceries, café and restaurant meals, printing and other services across all of the shops and food outlets at Keele.Exceptions
This offer is not valid for students enrolling on the International Foundation Year Programme or students transferring from StudyGroup. Students enrolled under full sponsorship or 100% scholarship cannot avail of this incentive. Research students and students on study abroad or exchange are not eligible. If a student subsequently withdraws from the University, the incentive will be deducted from any refund to which they are entitled.

Value of Scholarship(s)

500

Eligibility

All new self-funded international fee paying students who pay their full tuition fees before the 5th January 2016 if they are enrolling in January 2016, and before 1st September 2016 if they are enrolling in September 2016.

Application Procedure

How to apply
To get your hands on a KeeleCard pre-loaded with £500 all you have to do is pay for a year of your tuition fees before 1st September 2016. You can do this by bank transfer or over the phone with a credit card. You will find our bank details in your offer letter. Please remember to include your application number with your payment.

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/earlypaymentincentivepg/


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International Smart Minds Scholarship - 5 Awards

About the AwardSmart Minds choose Keele!Keele University is pleased to offer 5 International Smart Mind Scholarships for taught postgraduate students at the value of £5,000 each. These Scholarships will be awarded to the best 5 entries to the International Smart Minds essay competition. The scholarships will be distributed amongst applicants from the following regional areas:
2 x East & South East Asia
1 x South Asia
1 x Africa
1 x UK International*
The scholarship will be applied as a tuition fee discount and no cash alternative is available.ExceptionsCurrent Keele undergraduate students are not eligible but will automatically be entitled to a Keele Graduate Bursary. More information can be found using the link below.Students who are sponsored by a third party outside of the family are not eligible for this scholarship.
The International Smart Minds scholarship cannot be combined with any other Keele scholarship. In cases where students are eligible for more than one scholarship, the highest value will apply.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5000

Eligibility

Before applying for the scholarship, applicants must have already made an application for a taught Master’s degree at Keele University, to begin in September 2016.It applies to international fee paying students who are expecting to graduate from their undergraduate degree at another UK university in July 2016 and are looking to progress on to a Master’s degree at Keele University.Any offer of scholarship will be conditional upon applicants meeting the academic and English language requirements for their chosen course as set out in the offer letter.

Application Procedure

Submit an essay of no more than 250 words to [email protected] telling us which Smart Mind has inspired you to pursue further studies in your subject area of choice. This could be your professor at university, a Nobel Prize winner, or another well-known figure in your area.
Essays should be typed/word processed and not handwritten.
Please remember to include your Keele ID number in your scholarship application.
The deadline for submitting an application is Thursday 31st March 2016.
Essays will be considered alongside the original application to study at Keele, personal statement and academic achievements and the awards made to the best all round candidates. The judging panel will comprise academic and professional staff representing all Schools and the International Office.
The judging panel’s decision is final.

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/internationalsmartmindsscholarship/


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Santander Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

About the AwardIn partnership with Banco Santander, Keele University will be offering a number of postgraduate scholarships to outstanding candidates from South America. Each scholarship is worth £5000 and will be open to students applying to study a taught master’s degree in any discipline commencing January or September.For more information about the Santander Scholarships please email Kate Whiston, Deputy Head of International Recruitment: [email protected] read an interview with one of our 2014-2015 Santander Scholars, Fabian from Columbia, click here: http://www.keele.ac.uk/international/studentprofiles/scholarsstories/meetour2014-15scholars/ Exceptions
Students studying an MPhil or Masters by Research are not eligible.
Please note that the Santander Scholarship can be combined with a Keele International Student Scholarship and the Early Payment Incentive but no other awards.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5000

Eligibility

In order to be considered you must:Hold a conditional or unconditional offer for study on a postgraduate taught master’s degree at Keele University before November 30th 2014 for the January 2015 intake or by 30 June 2015 for the October intake.
Be resident in one of the following countries and liable to pay fees at the overseas student rates: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Application Procedure

How to apply
There is no application form, all eligible students will automatically be considered and scholarships will be awarded to students demonstrating academic excellence.Deadline: 30th June 2016

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/santanderscholarships/


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Keele in the USA and Keele in Canada Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Each year Keele University is delighted to welcome excellent students from the USA and Canada. Many Keele alumni live in North America and their generosity has enabled The Keele in the USA Foundation and Keele in Canada to extend exciting opportunities for students to benefit from a unique educational experience at Keele.Each Scholarship is currently the equivalent of $4,000 US (US Students) or $4,000 CDN (Canadian Students) at the prevailing rate of exchange in Pounds Sterling GBP after completing registration and commencing the relevant course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

$4,000

Eligibility

Applicants must show evidence of scholarly, academic or professional excellence and give good reasons for wishing to pursue study at Keele University.
Since 2011 these Scholarships have run in parallel with programmes offering further opportunities, including the Fulbright Commission and the Marshall Commission.
Keele in the USA Scholarships are offered to US citizens and Keele in Canada Scholarships are offered to Canadian citizens.

Application Procedure

Please see the application forms on the website link below.Deadline: 31st October 2016

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/keeleintheusaandkeeleincanada/



Entry Requirements

Applicants should have an honours degree in a Geoscience related scientific discipline, or 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. Where English is not your first language, proof of English competence will be required. You are expected to have attained the equivalent of an IELTS score of at least 6.5.

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