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MSc in Earth Science


Course Description

MSc in Earth Science

This masters course explores current aspects of Earth science, investigating how the Earth’s lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere are dependent upon each other, interacting across a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. You will learn to critically evaluate current research and gain skills that allow you to update your knowledge of Earth science. You will investigate how to deal with complex interacting Earth systems, how to quantify fluxes within the Earth system and understand the climatic consequences of changing the balance between different components. You will learn how to communicate scientific information to specialists and non-specialists.The MSc includes taught modules and a compulsory project module which gives you the opportunity to explore a topic in further depth, and to undertake a substantial piece of independent research based on the knowledge and skills you will have developed in the taught modules.

Career relevance

Completing this qualfication will equip you with key transferable skills, which will be relevant to Earth science, as well as providing you with a basis of postgraduate level science skills and skills relevant to developing your career. You will learn to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in your field of study as well as evaluating research methodologies. You will discover how to deal with complex issues and make sound judgements and decisions in complex situations.

You will also learn to communicate information and conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences including professional audiences, demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a postgraduate level.

The qualification will develop your independent learning skills, enhance your skills in locating information and communicating with others in both professional and academic contexts.

Visit the MSc in Earth Science page on the Open University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To register on this MSc you must, normally, hold an honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in science or a science-related subject. If you believe you have other study or experience that equips you to study for this qualification you must supply evidence of that study or experience. Your case will be referred to the MSc in Science Admissions Panel. Good computing skills are required. All teaching is in English and we strongly recommend that you have achieved an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 7.

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