Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


MSc(Res) Polar and Alpine Change Programme
Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, UK

This one-year MSc(Res) programme should interest students seeking Masters-level research training and experience within the broad subject area of cold-regions science. Its research areas include glaciology, geomorphology, climate change, Quaternary science, and oceanic and atmospheric processes.

The programme targets those wishing to gain an intensive research experience and expand their knowledge and skills before progressing to a PhD. Training is provided via a research apprenticeship within the Ice and Climate Research (ICERS) cluster of academic and postdoctoral staff and research students. Our students carry out a major Research Project under supervision by ICERS staff. Another key feature of the programme is a summer Field Course module. Its provisional destination is Western Greenland.

We invite applications from students who are performing at (a minimum) good Upper-Second Class undergraduate level at a UK university or graduated at that level, or an international equivalent, in a relevant subject --- for example, Physical Geography, Environmental / Earth / Ocean Sciences, Geology, Physics, and Natural Science.

Many of our alumni have gone on to secure competitive PhD places. Some alumni pursued their career as environmental professionals.

Our next Postgraduate Event will be on Wednesday 25th November 2020. At the event, which will be organised as an online live session, the course director will describe the programme and answer your questions, and you will have the opportunity to speak to a current student and hear their experience. If you wish to attend the event, please book a place here:

We are considering applications for September 2021 entry.

Further details about the course can be found at:


Best wishes,
Felix Ng

Programme Director, MSc(Res) in Polar and Alpine Change

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