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Volcanology

This MSc examines the physical processes governing the behaviour of volcanoes. The programme is taught by leading scientists who are working at the cutting edge of research into volcanoes, and will provide you with a strong background for independent research to PhD level or for a career in industry, the public sector or an non-governmental organisation.

The programme is designed to equip you with knowledge of the physical processes of volcanoes, including both sub-surface and surficial behaviour, insights into important historical eruptions, understanding of risk and risk mitigation, and instruction and experiential learning on data gathering, handling analysis and presentation to publishable standard.

You will develop a wide range of skills, such as quantitative and computational skills, including the use of statistical and data handling software; proficiency in critical analysis of scientific material from a variety of sources, including primary research documents and original data; and the ability to synthesise concise and informative material produced for a variety of audiences.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours BSc or MSci (or international equivalent) in earth sciences, geographical sciences, chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering, mathematics or another related subject. Previous professional experience or qualifications can also be put forward for consideration as equivalent to the academic entry requirements given above. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Course modules

The first part of the programme comprises four core units which all students take, and a number of optional units from which students may choose. These units are taught through lectures, practicals and supervised independent research. Research training through supported research activity and skills development is included. One of the optional units is a two-week field trip to Guatemala.

The final part of the programme consists of a research project, which involves self-directed original research leading to a written thesis. For further information on research projects, please see the School of Earth Sciences website.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Volcanology. 9http://www.bris.ac.uk/unit-programme-catalogue/RouteStructure.jsa?byCoho...)

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