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Environmental Science by Research MSc


Course Description

Overview

Both natural environments and those heavily influenced and altered by human activities are ever-changing. This programme will allow you to investigate aspects of envionmental change with either an environmental science or physical geography focus at time-sclase ranging from the present to several hundreds of thousands of years. You will be able to learn techniques that incorporate cutting-edge field and/or laboratory methods and equipment with an expert in your filed. The support available can be on a one-to-one basis and culminates in a substantial MSc thesis - ideal for those looking to continue on to PhD or to work independently as a consultant, for example.

The programme:

- places you with one or more internationally acknowledged experts in a field of study, with superb research and analytical facilities, ensuring a top-quality learning environment
- offers you the opportunity to link with partner organisations, providing work experience opportunities and insights into the structure and operation of these organisations
- combines a taught element to provide key research methodology, approaches and debates relevant to the field of study along with a research element to focus on a specific area of interest
- provides access to superb research and analytical facilities and a top-quality research environment
- provides you with a range of transferable skills suitable for further research and employment, including analytical field and laboratory skills, data modelling, statistical analysis, project management and critical evaluation of information.

Which topics can I study?

Projects available from our Earth Surface Science specialists change every year and a full list is available on the School of Geography website at http://www.geog.qmul.ac.uk/admissions/essresearch/index.html. Recent topics included:
- environmental impact of historical landfill
- lateral moraine formation
- analysis of glaciotectonic structures
- assessment of rare species
- analysis of braided river channel networks The programme will equip students with a range of transferable skills and attributes sought by diverse graduate employers. In addition, the programme will provide students with knowledge and understanding relevant to employment in organisations such as Environment Agency, Defra, Natural England, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, British Geological Survey and environmental consultancies. The opportunity to develop links with partner organisations as part of the research project will create work experience opportunities and provide insights into the structure and operation of these organisations.

Why Study at QMUL Geography?

The School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London is recognised as an international centre for excellence in teaching and research. Our work is at the forefront of human geography, shaping debates and providing significant new insight and understanding. We are also known for our friendly, collegial and welcoming ethos and are home to many of geography and environmental science's best known scholars. Almost 80 per cent of the School’s research outputs (books and articles) are rated as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) placing it 5th in the UK for this measure. Scores increased across all areas and the School is ranked joint 11th for geography in the UK overall (REF 2014).

This programme is led by Dr Sven Lukas, Reader in Quaternary Sedimentology.

Visit the Environmental Science by Research MSc page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Lucy Diggens

2307.jpg "I had already studied my undergraduate course in the School of Geography and this focused my interest and developed my knowledge of glaciers and sub-glacial processes. I really enjoyed being in the department and knew it had great laboratory facilities to help me specialise further at postgraduate level.

"My MSc gave me the chance to learn how to use scanning equipment such as a tomograph in the Centre for Micromorphology. I’m now directly applying these x-ray computer tomography skills in the work that I am doing on a project analysing sediment samples from Poland in order to increase our understanding of the formation of mega-scale glacial lineations.

"I'm currently working as a part-time research assistant in Queen Mary's Centre for Micromorphology in the School of Geography and I’m hoping to use my skills in the future to either work as a research technician, or apply for a PhD. QMUL has helped by providing access to these facilities, which are not widely available in universities."


(Scholarship)

Chevening Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at UK universities.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition fees

Eligibility

Available to students across the UK and Overseas (from a Chevening-eligible country).

Application Procedure

Visit the Chevening website for more information.

Further Information

http://www.chevening.org/


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Walter Oldershaw Award - 8 Awards

The Walter Oldershaw Award offers 8 awards for Home/EU or International students applying to any of our masters degrees in the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Value of Scholarship(s)

3000

Eligibility

Home/EU and international students are eligible to apply.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should submit a 300-word statement elaborating why they should be considered, highlighting their academic and professional merit and details of how the award will further their professional development. Applications should be sent to the Postgraduate Studies Manager ([email protected]) by 5pm on Friday 21 July 2017.
Further details or queries should be addressed to the Director of Masters Programmes, Professor Kavita Datta ([email protected]).

Further Information

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding_masters/index.html


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QMUL Commonwealth Scholarships - 20+ Awards

QMUL is proud to be working in partnership with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in the UK to offer a wide range of scholarships for postgraduate study at Master’s and PhD level.In 2017-18 we will be hosting an unprecedented number of Commonwealth Scholars from across the globe.Commonwealth Scholarships at QMUL typically cover full overseas tuition fees, living costs, airfares, and a variety of other expenses. Scholars from developing Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply for these awards.You can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship for Master’s (one-year courses only). All subject areas are eligible, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate the strongest relevance to development.

Value of Scholarship(s)

30000

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, you must:
- Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
- Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
- By October 2017, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
For full eligibility criteria, please visit the website

Application Procedure

All candidates should apply to QMUL online following our normal application procedures (please be aware that candidates applying for a Commonwealth Scholarship may have an earlier application deadline than normal) and will also need to make an application directly to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.Application deadline: 15 November 2016

Further Information

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding_masters/scholarships/181480.html


(Scholarship)

QMUL HESPAL Scholarships - Single Award

HESPAL aims to help create the next generation of senior academics who can maintain international quality standards at Palestinian universities and to develop renewed, sustainable links between Palestinian and UK universities.The Scheme will upgrade junior academic staff in Palestinian universities through a Masters Scholarship programme.The eligible areas of study include:Business, Economics and Finance; Educational Management; Political Sciences and International Relations; Human Rights and Governance; Agriculture; Engineering; Law, Management; Environmental Studies; Water management, Nursing, TSOL, Human Resourses, Economics, Literature, Linguistics, IT, Science programmes, Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Infrastructure, Clean Energy and Conservation Strategies, MA Energy Management, Energy Conservation, Sustainable Energy, ICT, nanotechnologies and energy. The scholarship covers the following:- tuition fees
- pre-departure briefing from the British Council
- arrival allowances
- thesis allowances
- a monthly allowance to cover living expenses.
Scholarship does not cover the costs for accompanying family, visa fees, IELTS cost, and Airfare ticket to from the UK.For full details, visit the website

Value of Scholarship(s)

30000

Eligibility

- Applicant must be a resident citizen of Palestinian Territories.
- Applicant must be currently employed by the Palestinian university which nominates her/him, which must be one of the participating Palestinian universities.
- Applicant will have a Masters degree from a Palestinian university with a minimum grade of very good (and equivalent to at least a 3.0 Bachelor’s Degree from UK).
- Applicant must sign a written undertaking to return to Palestinian university within a time frame agreed with their university, normally one year.
- Applicant must have IELTS certification appropriate for course and university (normally at least 6.5, sometimes higher).
For full eligibility criteria, please visit the website

Application Procedure

Please read the guidance notes for applicants and submit the application form and supporting documents as outlined on the website. The completed application forms and all other documentation must be submitted in hard copies to your university scholarship coordination office by 23 January 2017

Further Information

http://www.britishcouncil.ps/en/study-uk/scholarships/hespal



Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours degree or higher in a relevant subject from a UK university (or an international equivalent) together with two supportive references is usually required. It is not a requirement to have previously studied geography and we encourage applications from students from a natural and environmental sciences background. Applicants must specify a topic from our current topics list (see below) that they wish to investigate and include a research proposal with their application. Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet the standard of the IELTS, or equivalent, at a level of 6.5.

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