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.
This masters by research programme is an opportunity to carry out a substantial piece of research in any of the following major branches of geosciences:
The programme allows you to work on research throughout the year, and your work will be judged solely on your final dissertation. You can follow taught courses by arrangement with your supervisor, but none are required.
The programme aims to provide a structured approach to basic research training, allowing you to explore an area of research that may be subsequently developed into a PhD. You may also have the opportunity to develop links with research projects at national and international levels.
The School has the largest geoscience research group in the UK, with about 370 academics and researchers. The ambition and quality of our research was reflected in the latest Research Assessment Exercise, where 66% of our research was rated within the top two categories: world-leading and internationally excellent.
All research students are affiliated to one a research institute, which provides a forum for the development of ideas, collaboration, and dissemination of results, and an environment for training, development and mentoring of research students and early-career researchers. Our research institutes each have a very active seminar series drawing distinguished external guests as well as internal speakers, and you will be encouraged to attend and participate.
You can follow taught courses by arrangement with your supervisor, but none are required.