Masters degrees in Earth Science undertake advanced study of the Earth as a unified system, including explorations of the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere.
Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Environmental Science.
Earth Science is interdisciplinary in approach - combining theories from fields such as Biology, Environmental Science, Geology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering and Anthropology - to offer a holistic understanding of the Earth’s dynamics.
Training typically covers investigation of the Earth’s physical structure and biological and chemical processes, to build a quantitative understanding of how the Earth works and evolves. This might be achieved through geomatics such as techniques in GIS (geographic information systems), bathymetry, and geovisualisation techniques such as topography.
Traditional careers include roles in environmental monitoring and protection. These may range from implementing policy for pollutant control, to ensuring habitat conservation on behalf of regulatory bodies. It may also include managing natural disasters on behalf of local government, or consulting on land use strategy and development.