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MGeol

Geological Hazards

An integrated undergraduate and masters degree course.

F613UCAS code 4yrsFull Time

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Why take this course?

The MGeol in Geological Hazards is an integrated undergraduate and Master's degree course.

It will give you the modern practical, technical and transferable skills that are essential for developing a successful career as a professional geoscientist, specialising in the prediction and mitigation of geological hazards. Such hazards include volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides as well as those arising from human activities such as mining.

In the fourth year you will work on an extended research project and receive intensive training in advanced analytical techniques.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  •  Participate in an extensive fieldwork programme in the UK and abroad
  •  Get hands-on experience of modern analytical equipment in our new laboratories
  •  Complete an extended research project as preparation for a career in industry or further study

What opportunities might it lead to?

Geoscientists typically have many well-developed transferable skills that employers welcome. Job opportunities for graduates specialised in geological hazards include roles in regulatory authorities and government agencies, with geotechnical and geological consultants, or in teaching.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • Hazard mitigation specialist
  • Geotechnical and geological consultant
  • Ground investigation specialist
  • Researcher in volcanic hazards
  • Disaster risk management strategist
  • Hazard assessor for insurance company

This course is accredited by The Geological Society. Accredited status provides added assurance to prospective students that a department's teaching is of the highest quality, and has been approved by an independent body of academics and industrialists. An accredited degree will reduce the amount of experience required for applications for Chartered Geologist and Chartered Scientist.

Kathryn Williams, MSc Geological and Environmental Hazards student 2013

When I visited an Open Day, it was interesting and informative, the labs seemed well equipped, the staff were friendly, and the University and city as a whole were really nice.

Kathryn Williams, MSc Geological and Environmental Hazards student 2013

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
F613
Duration
4 years full time
2018 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A LEVELS
120-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 72 points from two Science subjects or one Science and one relevant Technology subject. See full entry requirements

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications

Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*

Course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan

International students
2017/18 entry: full time: £14,400 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Contact
admissions@port.ac.uk
+44 (0)23 9284 5566
Department
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Programme specification
Accreditations & Endorsements

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Year one

The first year assumes no prior knowledge of geosciences and is designed to give a broad-based introduction to the subject as well as an understanding of the applications of maths, IT, physics and chemistry to geoscience problems.

Core units in this year include:

  • Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Natural Hazards
  • How The Earth Works 

Year two

The second year focuses on developing core laboratory, IT and fieldwork skills prior to the project, which you will do between years two and three.

Core units in this year include:

  • Hydrology and Flood Hazard Assessment
  • Introduction to Geomechanics
  • Structural Geology
  • Volcanology and Seismology
  • Research in Geohazards

Year three

The third year consolidates your learning in the study of specialist subject areas and provides focused tutorial support to help you write your geological hazards project.

Core units in this year include:

  • Geological Hazards Project
  • Hazard and Risk Analysis
  • Landslides and Slope Stability
  • Disaster Management and Communication
  • Geological Hazard Process Modelling

Year Four

The fourth year involves an extended independent research project and training in advanced analytical techniques using state-of-the-art equipment in our new laboratories.

Core units in this year include:

  • Project
  • Advanced Analytical Techniques for Earth and Environmental Scientists 

 


Teaching and Assessment

The wide variety of learning activities includes lectures, laboratory classes, field trips, tutorials (1:1 and group), seminars and independent project work. Staff have close links with industry and provide a dedicated career development programme.

How are you assessed?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways that are designed to develop your transferable skills in preparation for employment.

  •  Laboratory practical exercises
  •  Written exams
  •  Fieldwork exercises (e.g. maps, notebooks)
  •  Oral and poster presentations (individual and group)
  •  Independent project work
  •  Computer-based assessment

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Laboratories

Newly-refurbished and re-equipped rock and soil mechanics, petrology and scanning electron microscope laboratories.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork is an important part of our courses, both in the UK (Dorset, Lake District) and abroad (Tenerife, California).

Exchange Programme

Project work can be undertaken in collaboration with industry or abroad as part of an Erasmus exchange.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

Other costs to consider

The cost of travel or accommodation for compulsory fieldwork is included in the course fee. But travel costs will be incurred on the Mapping Training Field Course, which takes place at locations within the UK in the summer between course years 1 and 2 of study. This will be around £100. You will be expected to pay for meals and other subsistence costs associated with compulsory fieldwork.

For compulsory project work, normally in the UK or Europe, costs for travel and accommodation can be from £0 - £1000.

For optional fieldwork, costs of travel, accommodation, meals and other subsistence are around £1200.

2016/17

In addition, you will be expected to buy field equipment, (e.g. compass, clinometers, hammer, hand lens, notebook) at the start of your first year. These costs are £125.

2017/18

In addition, you will be expected to buy field equipment, (e.g. compass, clinometers, hammer, hand lens, notebook) at the start of your first year. These costs are £130.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

Our course is accredited by the Geological Society of London, the main UK professional body for geoscientists, and focuses on developing the modern practical, technical and transferable skills that are essential for developing a successful career. Fieldwork skills are particularly valued by employers and our broad-based fieldwork programme ensures a high standard of training. In addition, our well-equipped laboratories and IT facilities are industry-standard, meaning that you will be well prepared for the workplace.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • Hazard mitigation specialist
  • Geotechnical and geological consultant
  • Ground investigation specialist
  • Researcher in volcanic hazards
  • Disaster risk management strategist
  • Hazard assessor for insurance company

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunities
Employment boosting opportunities

All students will receive tutorial support in their first and second years to assist with finding a summer vacation placement; the department provides a number of summer bursaries for students who wish to assist with research projects.

Staff organise regular talks from professional geoscientists working in the geological hazards area in addition to the formal teaching programme. You may take the year four independent project in collaboration with industry.

Career planning

Career planning
Career planning
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To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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