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MASt in Earth Sciences

This is a taught master's 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 a first class 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 the MASt in 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 Lent terms, 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 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.

The next intake for the MASt course will start in October 2020.  Applications open September 2019 and can be submitted through the University's Applicant Portal.