Masters Programs in Earth Science

Compare 4 Masters Programs in Earth Science

Earth Science

A master’s degree is an academic degree that is pursued after finishing undergraduate studies. For those interested in the systems of the earth, a Master in Earth Sciences may be a good path to follow. Most degrees offered will require students to complete a research paper or master’s thesis.

What is a Master in Earth Sciences? Students will spend much of their time honing their research skills and learning about how the interactions of different earth components and the biosphere affect the climate. Emphasis is on biogeochemical cycles and general atmospheric science. Students will gain comprehension in fields such as atmospheric chemistry, physical phenomena, physical geography, meteorology, and ecology. They will also learn how to use advanced laboratory-based and computational methods, as well as get experience in field operations.

Earning a Master in Earth Sciences can be very beneficial for students. They focus on improving their analytical skills, which helps in many areas of life. A master’s degree gives them a competitive edge in the work force over those who have only completed undergraduate studies. A degree also allows graduates to work all over the world. 

Because there are earth science programs all over the world, school costs can vary quite a bit depending on the program. Research different schools and contact them directly to find out what your financial obligations would be.

With a Master in Earth Sciences, there are many career opportunities for students. Graduates can work within the fields of consultancy, environmental management, water and climate issues, international aid, nature conservation planning, development of analytical methods and data, and research. Future employers may include county and municipal councils and NGOs.  There are work opportunities both nationally and internationally.

To help students earn their degree in an efficient and fair manner, many schools offer classes online. These allow individuals to learn and work on their own schedule, which frees up more time to raise a family or work another job. 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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Master of Earth Sciences (Advanced) (MES)

The Australian National University | Science
Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 Australia Canberra

Earth science deals with complex systems and processes that shape our planet. Pressing issues such as the safe supply of water, resources and energy, climate change, sea level rise as well as natural hazards are all intimately related to Earth sciences. The Master of Earth Sciences provides the opportunity to gain a wide range of knowledge and skills that are relevant for employment in industry, government agencies, education as well as further university studies. [+]

ANU is ranked number one in Australia for Earth sciences and number 12 globally.*

Our high standing is built upon an emphasis on application of the enabling sciences—mathematics, physics, and chemistry—to address the big challenges in Earth sciences. We are innovators: always seeking to develop new methods, whether experimental, analytical or computational.

Our cutting-edge research led by over 70 academic staff, along with state-of-the-art facilities, provide a conducive environment for high-quality research training for our postgraduate students. Whether it be chemistry, physics or biology, all of our academics are experts in their field, giving students diverse disciplinary perspectives on research projects.... [-]

International Master in Advanced Clay Science (IMACS)

University of Poitiers
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 France Poitiers Portugal Aveiro Brazil Porto Alegre Greece Crete + 6 more

IMACS is an integrated Master of Science designed by 4 institutions with a wide range of leadership in clay science. [+]


IMACS is an integrated Master of Science designed by 4 institutions with a wide range of leadership in clay science :

the University of Poitiers (UP) in France (co-ordinator), the University of Aveiro (UA) in Portugal, the Technical University of Crete (TUC) (Chania) in Greece, the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) (Porto Alegre) in Brazil.

Why clay minerals?

Interest in clays results from their common availability, and their unique physical and chemical properties. No other minerals currently attract so great an interest.

In addition to their conventional ancient use as bricks, tiles, ceramics and for paper coating and waste management more recently, clays have found many novel applications. Clay minerals have provided a boost in technology because they are inexpensive nanomaterials, and as such, they have a huge potential for the synthesis of polymer nanocomposites with superior mechanical and thermal properties. The optimisation of adsorption, colloidal and rheological properties also opens prospects of using clay minerals for medical uses, pollution control, and environmental protection. Clay minerals play a role in economic geology (both as an important mineral resource and in energy resource exploration) and soil management. Clays also have many negative effects in geotechnical engineering, manifested in the form of landslides, mudflows, and the deterioration of clay-based construction materials.... [-]

Master in Hydrology

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

Our International Hydrology Master's Programme is in English and requires two years of study to obtain the 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) that you... [+]

Master in Hydrology

Ensuring that there is enough water of good quality to satisfy the needs of the world’s growing population is a daunting challenge. Society needs hydrologists to manage the world’s water resources. In the Master’s programme in Hydrology, you will study the processes that regulate the quantity and quality of water as it passes through ecosystems, soils and rivers. We will provide you with a solid theoretical basis, combined with hydrological research in areas ranging from tropical Amazonia to the permafrost regions of Siberia. A Master of Science in Hydrology enables you to pursue a professional or scientific career in hydrology.

Study programme

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Master in Earth Sciences

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

Earth Sciences is a general Master’s programme which differs from the specialized Masters we offer. The programme gives you the opportunity to choose a... [+]

Master in Earth Sciences

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is renowned for combining all Earth Sciences specializations with other subject areas. Earth Sciences at our university are closely linked to Biology and Environmental Sciences. Why limit yourself to being just a geologist or a geographer? Become a true Earth Scientist, with far-reaching background knowledge that allows you to really make the most of your future. How exactly do ice ages, life, plate tectonics and CO2 cycles in the Earth’s crust and oceans interact? What is the relationship between landscape and fault movements in the dating of rocks or in processes like uplift and erosion?

The programme in a nutshell

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