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MASt in Earth Sciences

This is a taught masters level course in which candidates work alongside the 4th-year (Part III) students taking the undergraduate MSci Earth Sciences. The course is aimed at students who already hold a 3-year undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences and who are likely to wish to subsequently pursue a research degree, either in the department or elsewhere.

The course offers a full geological education up to the active research level.  It is intended for students planning a career, further training or research within Geological Sciences, or for other students wanting the intellectual challenge of an advanced course in the Earth Sciences.

The entry requirement for the MASt is a qualification comparable to an upper second class or better UK Honours Degree in Earth Sciences.   Any international applicants must check the University of Cambridge International Qualifications page.

Assessment consists of written examinations for the taught modules, and a research project (40% of the marks) that is assessed by a project report and an oral examination.

Programme structure

There are three principal components to Part III Earth Sciences:

1 The research project.  This is the centrepiece of the course, where students are required to address a particular research question over the course of Michaelmas Term, and submit a report demonstrating their ability to generate new observations, data and ideas. 

2 Option courses.  At least 10 (usually more) four-week option courses are offered in Lent Term, from which students select six.  Easter Term exams will be individually tailored to a particular option, but they all will be looking for an advanced near-research level of understanding. 

3 Seminars and the Easter field trip.  The Department hosts a broad range of seminars and seminar series, and you should attend as many as possible.  A short Pt III seminar series at the beginning of Easter Term will address issues and research broadly connected to the Easter field trip.  The field trip is to South East Spain.

Details of the current course including Part III can be found here

The MASt course will run from October 2019.  Applications open September 2018 and can be submitted through the University's Applicant Portal.