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Masters degrees in Environmental Physics equip postgraduates with the skills to use principles in Physics to understand properties and processes within the environment, including the atmosphere and oceans.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Ecotoxicology and Applied Meteorology. Entry requirements typically include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Environmental Science or Physics.
Courses in this field increase your understanding of the physics behind the atmosphere, oceans, ice sheets and the Earth's crust. You may also analyse aspects of space weather and the Sun, particularly its influences on the Earth’s weather systems. For example, you might explore how the gravitational forces of the Moon influence oceanic processes, or how solar flares increase atmospheric temperature.
This includes investigation of the atomic and sub-atomic processes at play, and examination of the transfer of energy and properties between different sources of matter. These methods allow you to understand key environmental issues, including atmospheric pollution and climate change, plate tectonics and natural disasters, and the biodiversity of plant and animal life.
Careers in this area are extremely broad, with typical careers following routes in environmental conservation and research, policy-making and regulation, and academia.
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The Masters in Nuclear and Environmental Physics aims to give students an understanding of the application of nuclear processes to energy generation, medical physics and environmental monitoring, at a level appropriate for a professional physicist. Read more
Combine the study of meteorology and climate science with management training on our MSc Applied Meteorology and Climate with Management. Read more
The analysis and assessment of our climate and earth system increasingly require interdisciplinary competencies. The MSc ICSS program teaches across all subjects involved in climate research in order to provide a holistic picture of the climate system. Read more
The M.Sc. in Engineering for Natural Risk Management aims to train professionals capable of working in all sectors of safety and civil protection, both public and private, at national and international level. Read more
Physics, with its concern for understanding the universe at a fundamental level, lies at the heart of scientific discovery. The School of Physics at Bristol has made major contributions to the field, including the discovery of the pi meson (Nobel Prize in Physics, 1950) and fundamental advances in quantum mechanics. Read more
Fluid dynamics has diverse applications and is used to understand phenomena observed in geophysics and astrophysics. At Exeter, this field of research is the focus of the Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics research group. Read more