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Department of Earth Sciences

Satellite image of a frozen river meeting the sea, with sea ice floating across the Denmark Strait

Welcome to the Master of Advanced Studies in Earth Sciences course. You are joining our own cohort of fourth-year MSci students in a relatively intensive year of independent research, upper-level course work, research seminars and field work. As in your previous degree, the overarching goal is to understand how the planet works, but the approach to getting there will be quite different. You are now in the business of generating your own data, and critically assessing, and integrating, that of others. At the same time, you should be thinking beyond and between the boundaries of conventional undergraduate coursework, if only to exploit the rich veins of multi-disciplinary insight. The MASt course is designed to take you in this direction—a stepping stone to advanced PhD research, or any number of other career paths requiring analytical ability, intellectual dexterity and self-motivation.

MASt—Course Guide

A detailed guide to all aspects of the MASt course, including the Department, teaching, examinations, lab safety, and MASt research projects.

Field trip


Eight-day field course in SE Spain over the Easter break.

MASt Project

Useful project information is available in the MASt Project Guide.

Previous Part III Student Projects—Bullard-, dampt- and BPI-based projects are kept in the Bullard Library during Michaelmas Term—along will downtown projects.

Supervision and Workload hours

Recommended supervision norms from the Senior Tutors' Committee.

More information

If you have any questions, please contact the .

Health & safety

Whether in the lab or out on fieldwork, you need to be aware of your health and safety, and what responsibilities you have to look after yourself and your colleagues. Please refer to the Safety Handbook.


All course materials can be found on the Earth Sciences Moodle course pages.