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MSc(Res) Polar and Alpine Change

University of Sheffield Department of Geography

Full time September MSc, MRes 1 year FT

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Course description

This unique programme is aimed at training graduates from a range of scientific disciplines who wish to pursue 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. 

The programme’s underlying theme is contemporary, as its key interest is to explore the expressions, mechanisms and impacts of rapid ongoing changes in our planet’s cold regions.


Modules are delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and independent study. 


The research project is assessed by oral presentation of mid-project findings, submission of a project report in the summer and by a poster

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Entry Requirements

You’ll need a minimum of a good 2:1 honours degree showing first-class potential in relevant subject areas, including (but not restricted to) physical geography, environmental/earth/ocean sciences, geology, physics and natural science. You will also need evidence of engagement with and/or aptitude in geoscientific research through a personal statement and research document (eg undergraduate dissertation report).

English language requirements:
Overall score of IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component.


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Student Profile(s)

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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