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Polar and Alpine Change

This unique programme is aimed at training graduates from a range of scientific disciplines who wish to pursue a research career in cold-regions science, notably within the disciplines of glaciology, glacial geomorphology, polar climatology/ oceanography, environmental science, polar biogeochemical processes, or their intersections.

The programme's underlying theme is contemporary, as its key interest is to explore the expressions, mechanisms and impacts of rapid ongoing changes in our planet's cold regions.

An integral part of the programme is the Arctic/Alpine field course, which is usually in early to mid-summer. The costs for this field course are not included in the tuition fee.

You'll gain an in-depth knowledge of the location you visit. You'll also develop skills in relevant research approaches and techniques. You'll gain experience in project development and field application of research skills and techniques, and you'll learn how to analyse and communicate your research findings.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information.

Entry requirements

MSc (Res): Minimum of 2:1 degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area including but not restricted to: physical geography, environmental/Earth/ocean sciences, geology, physics, and natural science.

You will also need to show evidence of engagement with and/or aptitude in geoscientific research. Applicants are urged to justify their credentials in this regard in their personal statement and upload a research document (eg undergraduate dissertation report) with their application.

Assessment methods

Modules are delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and independent study. The research project is assessed by oral presentation of mid-project findings, submission of a project report in the summer and by a poster presentation of project findings.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc (Res) Full-time September 2019 1 Years

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