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47 Master of Science Programs in Earth Science

Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree can take advantage of a variety of specialized master's programs that provide in-depth training in their field of choice. For those interested in a career in science, a Master of Science (MSc) develops practical skills that can be applied in both the private and public sectors. What is an MSc in Earth Sciences? This degree provides insight into a n… Read more

Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree can take advantage of a variety of specialized master's programs that provide in-depth training in their field of choice. For those interested in a career in science, a Master of Science (MSc) develops practical skills that can be applied in both the private and public sectors.

What is an MSc in Earth Sciences? This degree provides insight into a number of disciplines; oceanography, hydrology, geology, volcanology, geomagnetism, soil science, and astronomy are all components of a robust graduate program in the subject. With this multi-disciplinary approach, students learn about the earth as a comprehensive system instead of isolated processes and fields.

With an advanced degree in Earth sciences, graduates can further their careers while providing a real impact to the world around them. Comprehensive knowledge of a variety of Earth's systems allows students the unique advantage of applying information from across disciplines, and it can be practically applied at careers in environmental consulting, energy industries, and mining.

There are a number of institutions that offer Earth sciences programs, with varying tuition fees and costs. Interested students should contact schools directly in order to best compare the cost of a Master in Earth Science.

Outside of academia, graduates can choose from a wide variety of careers informed by their specific interests and the academic focus of their degree. Oil and mining operations are a popular and lucrative career path for individuals with an MSc in Earth Sciences. Non-profit and government agencies also provide job opportunities for Earth scientists, such as environmental planning, naturalist, or conservation work. These occupations provide a positive impact to communities, and many graduates find them to be a rewarding way to use their degree.

There are a number of international programs in Earth sciences, and the subsequent online database is a great place for prospective students to begin researching universities. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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University of Glasgow - College of Science & Engineering
Glasgow, United Kingdom

The Masters in Earth Futures is an interdisciplinary programme that bridges knowledge across the social and physical sciences. It aims to equip students with the expertise, ex ... +

The Masters in Earth Futures is an interdisciplinary programme that bridges knowledge across the social and physical sciences. It aims to equip students with the expertise, experience and skills to tackle the environmental and societal challenges of sustainable development in the Anthropocene. -
MSc
Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2022
25 Jul 2022
Campus
 
Khalifa University
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The Department of Earth Sciences at Khalifa University builds on the legacy of the Petroleum Institute as an internationally recognized center of excellence in education and r ... +

The Department of Earth Sciences at Khalifa University builds on the legacy of the Petroleum Institute as an internationally recognized center of excellence in education and research in petroleum geology and geophysics and will be the leading university center of petroleum geosciences education, continuing education, and research in the Middle East. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Aug 2022
Campus
 
Luleå University of Technology
Luleå, Sweden

This program will provide the students with cutting-edge knowledge in exploration and mining geology used by earth scientists active in the exploration and mining of metals an ... +

This program will provide the students with cutting-edge knowledge in exploration and mining geology used by earth scientists active in the exploration and mining of metals and minerals. The program covers aspects necessary for an environmentally aware geoscientist. The teaching is in English and the program offers two specializations for the students; exploration and environmental geosciences. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
29 Aug 2022
Campus
 

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University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland

Sustaining a growing population on our dynamic planet requires a deep understanding of geological and geophysical processes within the Earth, and of how they interact with the ... +

Sustaining a growing population on our dynamic planet requires a deep understanding of geological and geophysical processes within the Earth, and of how they interact with the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and Biota. The Master's Program in Geology and Geophysics trains you to address pressing questions concerning our home planet's evolution, its role as the source of raw materials needed by modern civilization, and environmental issues. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English, Finnish, Swedish
Aug 2023
04 Jan 2023
Campus
 
University of Memphis
Memphis, USA

At the graduate level, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are awarded in Earth Sciences. Our graduate program encourages the academic and personal growth of students through coursework, r ... +

At the graduate level, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are awarded in Earth Sciences. Our graduate program encourages the academic and personal growth of students through coursework, research, and professional development opportunities. Students are encouraged to pursue graduate research in a wide range of typical disciplinary areas as well as interdisciplinary studies. Our program maintains its greatest strength in its research focus areas: Hazards, Active Tectonics & Dynamic Geomorphology, Geoarchaeology & Quaternary Studies, Hydrology & Water Resources, and Spatial & Community Analysis. Many aspects of the research we are known for taking advantage of our location along the Lower Mississippi River, which is both near the New Madrid Seismic Zone as well as the region where native American cultures thrived during the pre-Columbian era. However, our laboratory for field studies ranges across the globe. -
MSc
Full-time
2 - 3 years
English
Campus
 
University of Haifa, International School
Haifa, Israel

With the eastern Mediterranean as our natural marine laboratory, the International M.Sc. Program in Marine Geosciences provides students with a unique opportunity to develop p ... +

With the eastern Mediterranean as our natural marine laboratory, the International M.Sc. Program in Marine Geosciences provides students with a unique opportunity to develop practical scientific experience at sea alongside a rigorous academic curriculum. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
German University of Technology in Oman
Muscat, Oman

The Master of Science in Applied Geosciences provides students with theoretical and technical expertise in hydrogeology, petroleum geology, and mineral resources geology.

The Master of Science in Applied Geosciences provides students with theoretical and technical expertise in hydrogeology, petroleum geology, and mineral resources geology. -
MSc
Part-time
6 semesters
English
Campus
 
University of Miskolc
Miskolc, Hungary

The aim of the program is to train geologists and geophysical engineers who have the knowledge of geology, geophysics, and geoinformatics and skills necessary for the prospect ... +

The aim of the program is to train geologists and geophysical engineers who have the knowledge of geology, geophysics, and geoinformatics and skills necessary for the prospecting and exploration of geological structures and mineral resources, the assessment of mineral resources and reserves, conduct environmental geological surveys and delineate environmental pollution. -
MSc
Full-time
4 semesters
English
05 Sep 2022
31 Jul 2022
Campus
 
Lund University
Lund, Sweden

Understanding proteins is central to understanding and solving both medical and biochemistry-related problems on the molecular level. This programme explores the molecular str ... +

Understanding proteins is central to understanding and solving both medical and biochemistry-related problems on the molecular level. This programme explores the molecular structures and functional mechanisms of a large number of proteins. Graduates from the programme will master methods of cloning, expression and purification of proteins, and a number of specialised techniques for analysing proteins. They will also be able to understand and use primary scientific publications and have the ability to independently plan, carry out and critically evaluate experiments. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
The University of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom

You will be interested in the geoscience skills relevant to the sustainable and environmentally responsible extraction of natural gas, geothermal energy and mineral production ... +

You will be interested in the geoscience skills relevant to the sustainable and environmentally responsible extraction of natural gas, geothermal energy and mineral production to support the low carbon economy. Upon graduation, you will be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of all subsurface geoscience applications, alongside an in-depth technical knowledge of sedimentary geoscience and geophysics, rock mechanics and fluids evolution. You will have an interest in lab-, computer- and field-based analysis and assessment. You will be interested in a career within the energy sector or academia, in the fields of petroleum geoscience, carbon storage, geothermal, nuclear waste disposal and gas/compressed air storage. -
MSc
Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of Plymouth
Plymouth, United Kingdom

Hydrography is crucial to the sustainable management of marine environments. Yet there is an international shortage of hydrographic surveyors, data processors and analysts, du ... +

Hydrography is crucial to the sustainable management of marine environments. Yet there is an international shortage of hydrographic surveyors, data processors and analysts, during a period when technology is rapidly advancing. Seize this opportunity to gain a thorough knowledge of the science and technology of hydrography, experiencing the practical application of modern methods and equipment involved in exploring and managing the seabed whilst preparing for a career in this growth area. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Rice University | Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Houston, USA

This degree is designed for students who wish to become proficient in applying geological knowledge and geophysical methods to finding and developing reserves of oil and natur ... +

This degree is designed for students who wish to become proficient in applying geological knowledge and geophysical methods to finding and developing reserves of oil and natural gas. Students can specialize in two focus areas: geology and geophysics. The geology focus area prepares students to be explorationists, with strong skills in using seismic and other geophysical methods along with geological principles to find oil and natural gas. The geophysics focus area prepares students to become technical experts in aspects of exploration seismology. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Jul 2022
Campus
 
Ghent University - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Ghent, Belgium

The International Master of Science in Soils and Global Change (IMSOGLO) programme aims at teaching the knowledge, tools, technologies and applications in the context of soils ... +

The International Master of Science in Soils and Global Change (IMSOGLO) programme aims at teaching the knowledge, tools, technologies and applications in the context of soils and global change by bringing together the expertise of research groups at 4 renowned EU universities -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of Bayreuth
Bayreuth, Germany

The Master’s program ‘Experimental Geosciences’ pursues training and research in one of the central areas in modern Earth Sciences: the experimental simulation of processes oc ... +

The Master’s program ‘Experimental Geosciences’ pursues training and research in one of the central areas in modern Earth Sciences: the experimental simulation of processes occurring in the Earth. This includes the characterization of physical and chemical properties of Earth materials to advance our understanding of such properties. -
MSc
Full-time
4 semesters
English
Nov 2022
Campus
 
LUT University
Lappeenranta, Finland

Every day, two million tons of sewage and industrial and agricultural wastewater is discharged into the water bodies. Water treatment is inadequate in many parts of the world, ... +

Every day, two million tons of sewage and industrial and agricultural wastewater is discharged into the water bodies. Water treatment is inadequate in many parts of the world, and legislation concerning wastewater is constantly being tightened. Moreover, sustainability challenges us to reflect on water treatment in different ways. Instead of focusing on end-of-pipe treatment for pollution prevention, we should shift towards optimal resource utilisation and enhanced water recycling. Consequently, it is obvious that novel and sustainable materials and technologies for water treatment are needed. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Aug 2022
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