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MSc in Glaciology

The Master's in Glaciology is a full-time programme taught over one year. Having completed your undergraduate degree in a related field, this MSc will enable you to bring your skills and knowledge up to date with a mastery of the latest technological tools and contemporary theoretical understanding. The course will also enhance your oral, visual and written communication skills, as well as your ability to work independently or in a team setting.

The course is divided into two parts over three semesters. In part one, you will establish a breadth of necessary skills in a number of core modules whilst directing your own study by choosing specialist modules. You will receive specific instruction in a wide range of specialist skills, including the programming and operation of automated instruments, interpreting satellite and aerial imagery, the use of computer software – especially quantitative analysis, GIS and remote sensing tools – and the use of field skills in sedimentological logging and landform interpretation.

In part two, you will apply your learning in the individual dissertation worth an additional 60 credits. You will prove your mastery of the subject in this final 12000-word assessment and directly contribute to the knowledge base of the IGES. For those considering progression into a PhD, the dissertation project often forms the basis for a doctoral proposal and, subsequently, a foundation for a career in academia and further research.

Whatever your own previous experience or future aspiration, you will benefit from a superb variety of outside and in-class learning environments. Outside activities include field research expeditions, case study visits and team development activities. In-class activities include lectures, seminars, guest speakers and specialist technological workshops, including access to the internationally-regarded Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences (IGES). Our small class sizes offer a friendly environment to encourage communication and sharing of experiences, opinions and observations between you and your colleagues.

As a graduate of the Aberystwyth MSc in Glaciology, you will emerge with broadened horizons, technological and theoretical expertise and proven field experience.

Aberyswyth University
United Kingdom
Springtime application deadline.

Funding at Aberystwyth:

1 year
Glaciology, Remote Sensing

For more information on the Aberystwyth Glaciology department, visit their website:

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