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Applied Environmental Geology (MSc)

1 year (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

Upon completion of the MSc students will be equipped to:


Special Features

Course Description

The MSc in Applied Environmental Geology is focused on providing geoscience graduates with the advanced technical and vocational skills appropriate to a career with professional geo-engineering and geo-environmental consultancies, regulatory authorities and government agencies. The Postgraduate degree is fully accredited by the Geological Society of London, which sets out to recognise MSc programmes that offer advanced professional and scientific training in a specific area of the geosciences. The degree can be used as a credit towards an accelerated route to professional qualification as a Chartered Geologist (C.Geol). Other benefits will be open to accredited Masters graduates converting from their Undergraduate geoscience degrees in non-accredited B.Sc. programmes.

The initial 7-month taught course component (Stage I) includes significant contributions from industrial collaborators. In the Stage II component (the professional dissertation project) we endeavour wherever possible to offer students a summer industrial placement to undertake their project work in all areas of the UK and overseas. At the end of 12 months our Masters graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects in the professional geo-environmental and geo-engineering industries both in the UK and abroad.

Course Structure

During Stage I of the programme, students will have around 15-20 hours per week contact time for 15 teaching weeks. In addition, 3 teaching weeks are dedicated to preparation for the industrial project (Stage II).

Available Modules

Stage I - Seven months (Taught courses)

Stage II - Five months (Project)

There is significant industry input to teaching and dissertation projects, thus ensuring the training you receive is up-to-date and relevant to the needs of employers. The students are offered a summer industrial placement to undertake their project work.

Examples of MSc dissertations titles for 2008-2012 include:

Teaching Methods & Resources

The course is taught through a combination of lectures, practicals and fieldwork. We also have a series of invited lectures as well as strong links with the Geological Society.

The MSc course is fully integrated with the CPD lecture programme of the Southern Wales Group of the Geological society of London.

The course is assessed via a range of means including exams, presentations, practical assessment, industrial placement and a Dissertation of 20,000 words.

Students on the programme benefit from a dedicated lecture room, study room, soil and hydrogeology laboratories.

Key academic staff teaching on the programme include:

Dr Peter Brabham and Dr Tim Jones are both fully qualified Chartered Geologists (C.Geol).

Invited guest speakers from the professional geotechnical and geo-environmental  industry contribute to the teaching and learning  programme.


Skills Acquired

South Wales provides a wide range of highly relevant geoenvironmental and geotechnical case studies and site visits. These include site visits to the Cardiff Bay Barrage, acid mine drainage from abandoned mines and active landslides in the south Wales Valleys. Field work includes surveying skills, rock engineering to the Rhondda Valley and Cardigan, site investigation visits to the Mumbles, Bournville landslide, as well as contaminated land studies at Barry Docks and Bryn Pica landfill site.

Students are also involved in hands-on laboratory work covering several modules. This includes standard laboratory tests covering the physical and mechanical properties of soils and water flow experiments to learn hydrologic and hydrogeologic concepts. The School has excellent geochemistry, geotechnical, analytical and IT laboratories plus a wide range of geophysical and GPS based field surveying equipment.

As a student you will learn to use numerical tools to model real world geotechnical problems. Application software such as CorelDraw, Surfer, ArcGIS as well as professional geoengineering software such as Rockscience and Landsim are all used throughout the course.


Career Prospects

In 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, over 95% of the students secured employment by the end of their MSc course. Employers for 2008-2012 include:

Entry Requirements

1st or 2nd class UK Honours degree or equivalent. Suitable for graduates in Earth sciences and related subjects; environmental science and related subjects; mining, civil, processing and environmental engineering and related subjects.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £7,750 £18,250
Part-time n/a n/a
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr Peter Brabham  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4334 



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