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.