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Masters degrees in Volcanology offer advanced study of the formation, properties and processes of ancient and modern volcanoes. This may include an analysis of both sub-surface and surficial behaviour.
Related subjects include Seismology & Tectonics, and Mantle & Core Processes. Entry requirements usually include an undergraduate degree in a suitable subject, such as Geology, Geography or Disaster Management.
There are several areas of Volcanology which you may specialise in depending on your career aims. For example, you might examine how types of volcano (such as shield, dome and composite forms) are linked to their geographic location.
Alternatively, you may analyse the ‘vulcanicity’ (also spelledor ‘volcanicity’ (, meaning volcanic power), lava viscosity and geological hazards associated with one of these forms specificallyvarieties.
Generally, across all specialisations you will explore the properties of volcanoes, including their lava, magma, and related geological, geophysical and geochemical phenomena. You will also examine the location, history and structure of volcanoes, their emissions and deposits, and their impacts on the geological record.
Careers are highly varied, but may include disaster management and risk mitigation on behalf of humanitarian aid organisations or environmental agencies. Other roles could include environmental monitoring and assessment, legislation and public policy.
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This MSc examines the physical processes governing the behaviour of volcanoes. The programme is taught by leading scientists who are working at the cutting edge of research into volcanoes, and will provide you with a strong background for independent research.
Volcanoes threaten millions worldwide and improved hazard mitigation is a high priority. Our well-established MSc allows you to study alongside leading volcanologists in one of the largest groups of environmental scientists in the UK.
If you're fascinated by the natural and man-made hazards that affect our planet, then the MSc Geological and Environmental Hazards degree course will take your understanding of the challenges ahead to the next level.
This MSc is a uniquely broad and flexible programme that suits students' aspirations, background and experience. UCL Earth Sciences has strengths in geophysics, geochemistry, palaeobiology, mineral physics, geodynamics, geohazards, climate science, environmental geosciences and policy, and other areas.
This course focuses on both the scientific knowledge of hazards and modern strategies of emergency planning. Its interdisciplinary approach combines traditional classroom and field-based teaching and learning techniques with modern ICT-based learning support.