Masters degrees in Mantle & Core Processes are predominantly concerned with the processes within the Earth’s lithosphere, particularly the behaviour and composition of the mantle and core.
Specialisations include Volcanology and Seismology. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Geology.
Courses in Lithosphere Science are often interdisciplinary in approach, combining methodologies from disciplines such as Geodesy, Geology, Volcanology and Seismology.
Topics include mantle dynamics, magmatic processes and mantle convection, as well as plate tectonics, crustal deformation and uplift. Other training may include metamorphism and basin evolution, and their impacts on marine dynamics and other ecosystems.
For example, you might explore how an understanding of the interface between the mantle and the Earth’s crust enables the prediction of tectonic plate shifts, and their effects. Even further, you may specialise in assessing the causes of natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, and how to minimalise their negative impacts on society.
Careers in this field range from minerals excavation and offshore engineering, through to disaster management and humanitarian aid. A Masters in this field is also an ideal step towards further research at PhD.
In the Master in Earth Structure and Dynamics programme, you will explore the composition, structure, and evolution of the Earth’s crust, mantle, and core. During this two-year programme, you will learn to link geological, geophysical, geochemical, and geodetic observations made at the Earth’s surface to physical processes operating within the planet.
The programme combines physics, chemistry, mathematics, geology, and field studies to address how the solid Earth works. It allows you to specialize in virtually any aspect of solid Earth science, ranging from theoretical geophysics to pure geology or geochemistry. Many students choose a combined geology-geophysics focus.
The main subject areas you will study consist of seismology, tectonophysics, mantle dynamics, structural geology, metamorphism, magmatic processes, basin evolution, hydrocarbon and mineral deposits, and the properties of Earth materials. You will examine processes ranging from slow geodynamic processes – such as mantle convection, plate tectonics, and mountain building – to those that can have an impact during a human lifetime. These include active crustal deformation, seismicity, and volcanism as well as subsidence, uplift, and seismicity induced by hydrocarbon production and geological storage of CO2.
You can choose one of three specialization tracks based on your interests in the field:
The MSc in Geochemistry is a comprehensive and rigorous course that combines compulsory and optional taught modules, field work, short courses, and a research dissertation. Hands-on experience developing a diverse set of laboratory skills is embedded into the course.
The MSc degree requires two semesters of full-time (or four semesters part-time) coursework, normally equivalent to a total of nine taught modules, and a 15,000-word dissertation, usually completed over the summer semester. The assessment for the taught modules is based on coursework and written examinations.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.