Masters of Science in Natural Sciences

Compare 393 Master of Science Programs in Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

Completion of an MSc, or master’s degree, often results in better job options and access to further educational prospects. The MSc degree is an advanced degree that students might obtain after they complete their bachelor’s degree and successfully provide proof of proficiency within their chosen field. An MSc in Natural Sciences can provide specific benefits to graduates.

What is an MSc in Natural Sciences? This field of study typically entails the use of scientific methods to study nature, from physics to astronomy, chemistry to ecology, and so on. Courses of study might fall into categories such as renewable energy, fishery, computational and systems biology, bioengineering, space science, and thermal engineering. Some programs can be completed within one full year while others require two years of study. Accommodations for students who need to master a new language or who wish to study remotely can be made for some of the programs.

Students who choose to study an advanced program in natural sciences often benefit from exposure to leading experts in their fields, international opportunities, study abroad programs, access to specific courses of study, stimulating and dynamic interactions with teachers and peers, and preparation for fulfilling careers or further educational opportunities.

The costs and fees associated with these programs naturally vary between schools and countries. To determine whether a specific program or school is best, students should contact the schools directly.

Over the course of their studies, students will develop the ability to research and evaluate critical information. They will learn to prepare communications and work methodically. These skills and the knowledge that they obtain in their specific courses will prepare them for job opportunities such as laboratory technicians, conservation officers, forensic experts, information scientists, patent examiners, community educators, and management consultants. This field of study opens many doors to a wide array of job opportunities.

 

Students who hope to complete this advanced degree should review the program listings provided here and fill out the lead forms. 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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MSc in Geology, Bedrock Geology

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Lund

This Master's programme covers nearly all aspects of geology; from minerals and rocks to glacial geology, sediments, climatic changes and the evolution of life. There are two specialisations: Bedrock Geology and Quaternary Geology. [+]

Programme overview

The programme covers nearly all aspects of geology, from minerals and rocks to glacial geology, sediments, climatic changes and the evolution of life. It aims to provide students with a wide range of geological knowledge, exposure to areas at the cutting-edge of research, and a thorough understanding of the practical applications of geology. There are two specialisations: Bedrock Geology and Quaternary Geology. Three or four courses in either specialisation, combined with an elective course, are normally studied during the first year. A Master’s degree project (45 ECTS credits) is compulsory in the second year.

One of many attractions of the Department of Geology is the vast array of in-house research equipment that complements teaching. All students undertake their lectures and practical sessions in well-equipped lecture halls and teaching laboratories within the department building. Fieldwork is an essential part of the practical work and there are excursions of between one day and one week. These are held at a variety of locations and are a major feature of the programme. In the final year, students generally undertake projects in many of the research laboratories. Computing and workstation facilities underpin many aspects of our teaching and research. Students have access to all library resources at the department, which include electronic journals.... [-]


Master in Atmospheric Sciences

University of Helsinki
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Finland Helsinki

Society urgently needs experts with a multidisciplinary education in atmospheric and Earth System Sciences. Climate change and issues of air quality and extreme weather are matters of global concern, but which are inadequately understood from the scientific point of view. Not only must further research be done, but industry and business also need environmental specialists with a strong background in natural sciences. As new regulations and the European Union directives are adopted in practice, people with knowledge of recent scientific research are required. [+]

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Society urgently needs experts with a multidisciplinary education in atmospheric and Earth System Sciences. Climate change and issues of air quality and extreme weather are matters of global concern, but which are inadequately understood from the scientific point of view. Not only must further research be done, but industry and business also need environmental specialists with a strong background in natural sciences. As new regulations and the European Union directives are adopted in practice, people with knowledge of recent scientific research are required.

Goal of the pro­gram

Society urgently needs experts with a multidisciplinary education in atmospheric and Earth System Sciences. Climate change and issues of air quality and extreme weather are matters of global concern, but which are inadequately understood from the scientific point of view. Not only must further research be done, but industry and business also need environmental specialists with a strong background in natural sciences. As new regulations and the European Union directives are adopted in practice, people with knowledge of recent scientific research are required.... [-]


Master in Energy Systems Management

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time 18 - 24 months August 2018 USA San Francisco

Electric energy systems are rapidly transforming, making jobs in the energy sector among the fastest growing in the U.S. Our program equips students for energy management positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to support a low carbon future. [+]

Program Details

Students gain an understanding of the grid, historically and today; electricity markets; electricity production, efficiency, and conservation; governance, risk, and compliance (GRC); environmental impacts and constraints from energy; and the policy environment. They develop skills in strategic management, communication, change management, stakeholder engagement, and critical and systems thinking.

Our interdisciplinary program features small class sizes and opportunities for research, internships, and professional engagement.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

utilize principles and processes of whole systems to understand how the energy system impacts and is related to the ecological system and the social system. demonstrate an understanding of the energy policy and market environments and their impact on energy consumption and production. demonstrate an understanding of the human dimension of energy systems including managing for change, stakeholder engagement, and customer engagement. communicate skillfully through written reports and oral presentations in styles relevant to the energy field. utilize critical analysis to understand why the current electricity generation and distribution system evolved and how to move it towards the 21st-century grid. Program Highlights Classes are taught by full-time faculty, as well as by part-time faculty who have experiential knowledge in the energy sector. We host guest speakers representing many aspects of the industry-government, utilities, NGOs, private firms. Evening classes are held at USF’s downtown San Francisco campus at 101 Howard Street. Saturday classes are held at the main campus. OFFERED IN ... [-]

Master of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Education

Grand Canyon University
Online Campus 8 weeks September 2018 USA Phoenix Albuquerque Sun City South Phoenix Scottsdale + 4 more

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Education degree program provides the opportunity for students with a background in biology to pursue a career in education. [+]

Overview

Connect Your Passion for Biology and Teaching

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Education degree program provides the opportunity for students with a background in biology to pursue a career in education. This graduate biology education program prepares students to teach biology in undergraduate courses at a two-year or four-year institution in both campus and online modalities.

Students will engage in a curriculum that balances biology content with pedagogy and classroom techniques. By pursuing this career pathway, students will adopt best teaching practices, analyze current research, learn to communicate complex topics and ideas and explore graduate-level biology concepts within the context of real-world examples.... [-]


Master of Science Research (MSCR)

University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
Campus Full time Part time 3 semesters February 2019 Australia Toowoomba Springfield Australia Online + 3 more

The Master of Science (Research) gives you the skills and opportunities you need to further your career in your chosen science research area. [+]

Enhance your science research career

The Master of Science (Research) gives you the skills and opportunities you need to further your career in your chosen science research area. In this degree, highly motivated and highly qualified students undertake an advanced study to produce a research-based dissertation which will help you to develop your research skills in a specialised area of knowledge and proceed further with your science research career.

Within this degree, you will have the choice of three specialisations’ to focus your research studies. They include:

Applied Research Advanced Research Psychology Research

In this degree, you will find the emphasis to be on the development of knowledge and skills to allow you to undertake independent research and professional practice in your chosen area.... [-]


MSc in Astronomy

University of Groningen
Campus Full time 24 months September 2018 Netherlands Groningen

A Master's degree in Astronomy is a gateway into a wide world of science and technology. Students are trained by astronomers from the world-renowned Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, a centre leading in astronomical research on galaxy formation and evolution, cosmology, star and planet formation, neutron stars and black holes. Students are trained by astronomers from the world-renowned Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, a centre leading in astronomical research on galaxy formation and evolution, cosmology, star and planet formation, neutron stars and black holes. [+]

A Master's degree in Astronomy is a gateway into a wide world of science and technology. Students are trained by astronomers from the world-renowned Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, a centre leading in astronomical research on galaxy formation and evolution, cosmology, star and planet formation, neutron stars and black holes.

The two-year curriculum of the Master's degree can be tailored according to your own interests and capabilities. The wide range of options includes the possibility to focus on observational astronomy, theoretical astronomy, astronomical instrumentation and informatics, data science or astronomy teaching.

Astronomy graduates in the Netherlands in general and Kapteyn graduates, in particular, have excellent career prospects. The Master's programme in Groningen is ranked as a top-degree in the Netherlands (by the 'Keuzegids'). Facilities are being ranked as outstanding, while the quality of the lecturers, the research component as well as the preparation for the professional field through e.g. internships are ranked as very good.... [-]


Master in Space Studies

Rice University | Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA Houston + 1 more

This degree is one of five tracks in the professional master’s program at Rice housed in the Wiess School of Natural Sciences and focuses on training students in Space Engineering and Science with the intent of creating new options for those students interested in working in the space technology industry or related government entities, e.g. NASA, as well as governmental relations positions in non-profit organizations, industry and academic institutions. These master’s degrees are designed for students seeking to gain further technical core expertise coupled with enhanced management, communication, and leadership skills instilling a level of scholastic proficiency that exceeds that of the bachelor’s level, and creating the cross-functional aptitudes needed in modern industry and government. [+]

“NASA has had a long and productive relationship with Rice University beginning at the establishment of Johnson Space Center. This collaboration continues today. As part of NASA's overall mission, we are dedicated to education at all levels with special emphasis on education programs that meet our workforce needs. Rice has historically educated our outstanding scientists and engineers.

The Professional Master's degree in Space Studies fits within our workforce needs as it provides training across technical areas, from science to practical engineering and management. These types of programs can enhance our workforce as we continue in the 21st-century transformation of human space flight. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Rice and your program."... [-]


MSc Physics

Leiden University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The Leiden Master’s Programme in Physics is offered by the Leiden Institute of Physics (LION), an excellent place to study the foundations of nature. [+]

This master’s programme offers you a research-intensive tailor-made study path on current topics in experimental and theoretical physics at an institute of international renown.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The master’s programme is intimately related to the scientific research carried out at the Leiden Institute of Physics. You will spend approximately 50% of your programme on research, as a member of one of our top-level international research groups. We offer five research specialisations, with emphasis on either experimental or theoretical physics, which train you as an independent researcher. We also offer three specialisations that put Physics in broader societal contexts and train you for careers where a Physics background is an asset. Each of these specialisations aims at providing a combination of research independence and content proficiency that fully prepares you fora successful professional development for your professional development.... [-]


Master's Degree Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences: Astronomy and Space Physics

University of Turku
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Finland Turku

The astronomy and space physics track is one of the four specialization tracks of the master’s degree programme in physical and chemical sciences. It encompasses a broad range of topics from the physics of the sun and solar system, to stellar and galactic structure and evolution, as well as topics in high energy astrophysics (e.g. accretion processes, the physics of black holes and neutron stars) and cosmology. [+]

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The astronomy and space physics track is one of the four specialization tracks of the master’s degree programme in physical and chemical sciences. It encompasses a broad range of topics from the physics of the sun and solar system, to stellar and galactic structure and evolution, as well as topics in high energy astrophysics (e.g. accretion processes, the physics of black holes and neutron stars) and cosmology.

The other tracks of the programme are Materials Chemistry, Materials Physics, and Theoretical Physics. Upon graduation, you will be able to use the diverse set of skills acquired as part of this track, including computational and numerical techniques.... [-]


MSc in Bioprocessing Science

Institute of Technology Sligo
Online & Campus Combined Full time 1 year September 2018 Ireland Sligo

The Master of Science (MSc) and Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Bioprocessing have been developed by the Institute of Technology Sligo (IT Sligo) to meet the growing needs of the Biopharmaceutical Industry. Biopharmaceuticals, also known as biologic(al) medical products, or biologics, are any pharmaceutical drug product manufactured in, extracted from, or synthesised from biological sources. [+]

The Master of Science (MSc) and Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Bioprocessing have been developed by the Institute of Technology Sligo (IT Sligo) to meet the growing needs of the Biopharmaceutical Industry.

Biopharmaceuticals, also known as biologic(al) medical products, or biologics, are any pharmaceutical drug product manufactured in, extracted from, or synthesised from biological sources. The Medical Biotechnology and Biopharmaceutical sectors are among the fastest growing in the Life Sciences area both nationally and internationally.

IT Sligo together with the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT)* have been delivering a part-time online MSc and PGD in Biopharmaceutical Science since 2008 (www.nibrt.ie/masters). These courses (designed in extensive collaboration with industry) are aimed at Science and Engineering graduates with industrial experience who wish to up-skill or cross-skill for a career in biopharmaceuticals and normally take 2.5 years to complete. The courses have been shown to be extremely successful at up-skilling and cross-skilling individuals either working or hoping to transition into the Biopharmaceutical sector. There still, however, remains a skills gap in the Bioprocessing area which means that additional graduates from Industry focussed programmes are needed. In a recent 2016 “Trends in Biopharma” Survey, recruitment and development of talent have emerged as a key threat to the future growth of the sector (1).... [-]


MSc in Applied Physics

Tallinn University of Technology
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Estonia Tallinn

Master's program in Applied Physics is aimed for those who are interested in innovative engineering in design and application companies. [+]

Degree awarded: Master of Science in Applied Physics (MSc) Workload: 120 ECTS Language of instruction: English Duration: 2 years Pre-Requisites: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in natural sciences or technical sciences (material science, environmental mechanics, engineering mathematics). Tuition fees and scholarships: 1 ECTS = 55 EUR. Nominal study load per 1 year = 60 ECTS/€3300, 10 tuition fee waiver scholarships available that guarantee free studies. Number of places available: 15

Master's program in Applied Physics is aimed for those who are interested in innovative engineering in design and application companies. The program provides interdisciplinary education covering engineering, physics, and math in an effort to bridge the gap between theoretical science and practical engineering. Studies cover a wide spectrum of topics: nanotechnology, quantum topics, solar cells, experimental solid state physics and econophysics. Additionally, it is possible to opt for more theoretical projects, such as computer simulation of physical systems, modeling of turbulence and complex systems (e.g. biological or social networks).... [-]


MSc in Astrophysics, Elementary Particles and Computational Physics

Universitatea De Vest Din Timisoara
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Romania Timisoara

This master program is dedicated to the study of both General Relativity, Quantum Field Theory and in addition the study of advanced computational methods. The courses studied at this program offer the opportunity for combining both analytical and computational skills of the students and help them to develop research careers in many areas of physics and closed related domains. [+]

This master program is dedicated to the study of both General Relativity, Quantum Field Theory and in addition the study of advanced computational methods. The courses studied at this program offer the opportunity for combining both analytical and computational skills of the students and help them to develop research careers in many areas of physics and closed related domains.

Main subjects

The curriculum can be found on the faculty website, at:

https://physics.uvt.ro/astrophysics-elementary-particles-and-computational-physics/

Some of the courses from the curriculum are listed below:

First semester

Complements of theoretical physics Complements of Molecular and atomic physics Complements of solid state physics and statistical physics Complements of the material physics ... [-]

MSc in Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering

Graz University of Technology (TU Graz)
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2018 Austria Graz

The engineering sciences master’s program Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering lasts four semesters and consists of one stage of the study. It goes into the knowledge acquired in the Civil Engineering and Construction Management bachelor’s program (6 semesters) in more depth. The entire master’s degree program comprises 120 ECTS credits. [+]

The only degree program of its kind in Central Europe: In the English language master's program Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering at TU Graz, you profit from a combination of two disciplines - geotechnical engineering and hydraulic engineering. You learn in a practical manner, participating in practice sessions in the laboratory and on-site, and taking part in field trips. For example, you pilot hydraulic projects in Austria’s largest water laboratory.

Content

Students acquire a solid knowledge of geology, soil mechanics, foundation engineering, rock mechanics, tunneling, hydraulics and structural hydraulic engineering.

Core areas Students design, assess, monitor and create foundations, supporting structures, natural and artificial scarps and slopes, tunnels and underground structures, dams and hydropower plants They quantify soil, rock, and hydraulic qualities. They focus on the material behavior of geomaterials. They learn about catastrophe management and how to deal with natural hazards. ... [-]

Master of Science: Chemistry

University of North Carolina Wilmington Online
Online Full time 5 years September 2018 USA USA Online

The Master of Science degree program in chemistry provides students having an undergraduate foundation in chemistry the opportunity to engage in advanced course work, in-depth study and independent research to acquire the skills of assimilating new information and generating new knowledge.

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M.S. Chemistry

The Master of Science degree program in chemistry provides students having an undergraduate foundation in chemistry the opportunity to engage in advanced coursework, in-depth study and independent research to acquire the skills of assimilating new information and generating new knowledge. The Department of Chemistry is one of 16 departments within the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Why Choose UNCW for your MS in Chemistry?

The UNCW Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is routinely in the top five percent of master’s degree-granting institutions in the entire country. One of the most important factors contributing to our current success is the close supervision and mentoring of students by faculty (ca. 2:1). Another has been our acquisition of major instrumentation through the NSF MRI and NC Biotech programs, including a 600 MHz NMR spectrometer and both GC and UHPLC coupled mass spectrometers. Nearly 100 percent of our graduates find relevant employment after completing their degrees, which is another indicator of our program’s success.... [-]


Master of Science in Biological Sciences

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA San Luis Obispo

This degree program is designed to prepare students for many types of biological work that require advanced training beyond the bachelor's degree, including careers in industry and/or civil service, teaching biological sciences at the elementary, secondary, and community college levels, independent research in the field of specialization, or continued graduate work at other institutions. A research thesis is required. [+]

About the Program

The Master of Science in Biological Sciences program is designed to prepare students for many types of biological work that require advanced training beyond the bachelor's degree, including careers in industry and/or civil service, teaching biological sciences at the elementary, secondary, and community college levels, independent research in the field of specialization, or continued graduate work at other institutions. A research thesis is required.

The Biological Sciences Department at Cal Poly takes Learn by Doing seriously. Over three-fourths of our courses include a lab section. That means our students spend most of their time out in the field collecting data or in the lab running experiments on modern equipment – not sitting at desks.... [-]