MSc(Res) Polar and Alpine Change

University of Sheffield    Department of Geography

Full time September MSc, MRes 1 year full time

About the course

Prepare for a research career in cold-regions science with our MSc(Res). You’ll develop key analytical skills and research techniques, conduct a year-long independent research project, and have the opportunity to become an active member of the department's Ice and Climate research group.

This unique course prepares you for a research career in cold-regions science, notably within the disciplines of glaciology, glacial geomorphology, polar climatology/oceanography, environmental science, polar biogeochemical processes, or their intersections. We train graduates from a range of scientific disciplines.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum high 2:1 undergraduate honours degree (equivalent to 65% weighted mean grade) in a relevant subject, e.g. physical geography, environmental/earth/ocean sciences, geology, physics, natural science.

You will also need to display evidence of engagement with and/or aptitude in geoscientific research through a personal statement and research document (e.g. undergraduate dissertation report).


Home (2022 annual fee) : £9,300
Overseas (2022 annual fee) : £23,250

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Emma Lewington

The department has a wide range of expertise which meant that there were lots of interesting areas to pick from when selecting dissertation projects. The field course was also a huge bonus and I really enjoyed spending the summer studying in Svalbard, being able to see the environments and processes that I had learnt about and doing fieldwork in beautiful locations.

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