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Polar and Alpine Change

This new and exciting 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.

Entry requirements

MSc (Res): A good 2.1 or 1st Class Honours degree in relevant subject areas such as physical geography, environmental/earth/ocean sciences, geology, physics, or natural science. Students need to show evidence of engagement with and/or aptitude in geoscientific research in their personal statement. Students also need to demonstrate this by uploading a research document (such as an undergraduate dissertation report) with their application. Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules:

Research Design in Analysis of Environmental Systems; Current Issues in Polar and Alpine Science; Arctic/Alpine Field Course; Polar and Alpine Change Research Project.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through essays, a research proposal, project reports, oral presentations and poster presentation. There are no exams.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc (Res) Full-time September 2018 18,900 (Year 1) International 12 12 Months
MSc (Res) Full-time September 2018 7,000 (Year 1) Home/EU 12 12 Months
MSc (Res) Part-time September 2018 24 24 Months

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