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MASt in Earth Sciences

Welcome to Cambridge, and welcome to the Master of Advanced Studies in Earth Sciences course.  Having demonstrated your potential as high-achieving undergraduates, you now have the opportunity to put all of that learning into practice.  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.  Rather than just soaking up text-book information, 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.

Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and government guidance, we have had to make some changes to the programme in order to mitigate against risks to health and to give you the best possible academic experience in the circumstances. For information about the changes please refer to Part III/MASt—Teaching for 2020-2021. 

Key information

MASt Project

A list of the past Part III student projects held in the library - Bullard, dampt & BPI based projects are kept in the Bullard Library during Michaelmas Term.

Field trips

The Part III and MASt field trip to Spain takes place in the Easter vacation.


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

Log on to Moodle

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.

Safety Handbook