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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.
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The importance of science in understanding disaster risks and the need for science-based strategies at local, national and international levels in the private, public, and third sectors are now widely recognised. Read more
This is a very exciting time for planetary science, with new data being returned by spacecraft from planets within our own solar system and thousands of planets now being discovered orbiting other stars. Read more
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The Environmental and Forest Management MSc provides core expertise in forest and broader environmental management. The programme is accredited by the Institute of Charters Foresters and gives partial fulfilment of Professional Membership entry. Read more