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Geochemistry (MSc)

Course Description

Geochemistry is the study of the world around us using chemical tools and principles and Birkbeck is the only university to offer advanced training in geochemistry via part-time evening study and distance learning. This programme will give you an advanced knowledge of a range of geochemical disciplines, from Earth surface chemistry and pollution to resource geochemistry and magmatic processes. It provides high-level professional and academic training in geochemical theory, knowledge and practice, as well as field and laboratory methodologies, so that you are prepared for further study in geochemistry, or for a career in a range of areas, including environmental science, sustainability, industry, government and other organisations.

As well as attending this course at Birkbeck in central London, you can also study by distance learning via our online learning environment. You can access course materials and recordings of lectures wherever you are in the world - and whenever it suits you.

A training week in central London in field and laboratory methods of geochemistry is included.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Ideal if you want to learn about the geochemistry of the Earth and how to collect, interpret and present geochemical data.
Suitable for Earth and environmental scientists, geographers, chemists and biologists who want to update and expand their knowledge of geochemistry.
Our Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences has been offering evening study courses for over 70 years and is ranked in the top 3 departments in the country.
You will learn in an environment of active research and be taught by lecturers who are working at the forefront of their specialisms.
Studying with us will give you access to world-class research facilities.
We retain close links with UCL's Department of Earth Sciences, sharing expertise, facilities and events across the 2 institutions, including live streaming of lectures and digital lecture notes.
We are part of the joint UCL-Birkbeck Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences (IEPS).
We offer residential field trips to sites in Greece, Morocco, Scotland, Spain and Wales.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

In our joint submission with UCL, Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences at Birkbeck were rated 6th the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), while we achieved 100% for an environment conducive to research of the highest quality.

Visit the Geochemistry (MSc) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time) - 20+ Awards

We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16
Domiciled in the UK/EU
Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13)
Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time

Application Procedure

If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:Submit an application for your intended course
Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:2 honours degree in an earth/environmental science or similar subject. We welcome graduates from the earth sciences, geology, geography, chemistry and biology. Relevant work-related experience will also be considered. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa

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