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Masters degrees in Geochemistry offer advanced study of the chemical processes which take place on or near the Earth’s surface. This includes investigation and analysis of the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere.
Related postgraduate disciplines include Geosciences and Environmental Science. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Environmental Science or Geology.
Research in Geological Chemistry spans investigations into the origins of life, the evolution of Earth and other terrestrial planets, the composition of oceans and atmospheres, the control of pollutants, and the dynamics of climate change.
Practical training is very broad, and may involve fieldwork geomatics such as bathymetry (measuring ocean floors and benthic zones), GIS (geographical information systems), GPS and satellite systems, and remote sensing.
It may also include geovisualisation methods such as topography. Other training usually involves lab work such as microbe culturing, isotope manipulation and trace element analysis of rocks, soils, gasses and liquids.
Geochemists are employed in a range of sectors, from renewable energy and petrochemical industries to, mining and mineral exploration, and in environmental industries and agencies focused on pollution monitoring and environmental remediation.
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Many countries have a significant legacy of contaminants in the ground, caused by industrial and mining activity. These pollutants can pose a significant risk to human health and the environment, so a particular expertise is needed to deal with these contaminated sites. Read more
Petroleum geology (oil and gas geology) is a large sector which employs 1000s of graduates every year. Read more
The Department of Geological Sciences is designed to foster high-caliber student research that will lead to publishable results. The master's degree is intended to prepare students for a job in industry or for entrance into a PhD program. Read more
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The course is taught over one year, full time, by leading researchers in the field from the University of Manchester. Course content is continually refreshed and updated to reflect current thinking and geoscience techniques. Read more
Our course provides you with a strong grounding in the quantitative and qualitative skills required to address environmental questions in addition to subject-specific knowledge and understanding. Read more
This programme is delivered in close collaboration with our advisory board of representatives from the water industry, and provides fundamental and applied training in the science and management of freshwater environments. Read more
This master is a two-year programme jointly organised by KU Leuven and Ghent University. You’ll receive in-depth training in the various fields of geology and develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to work in interdisciplinary teams addressing complex geological problems. Read more
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