Earth Sciences Msci (Hon)

Course Overview - Earth Sciences Msci (Hon)

This four-year Master’s degree has been designed to provide a comprehensive and rigorous education in all aspects of Earth Sciences along with the opportunity to interact with staff at the cutting-edge of scientific research.

It provides you with the opportunity to follow the Geology, Environmental Geosciences, Geophysics with Geology or Geoscience pathway for the first three years and undertake a detailed independent research project in the area of your choice in the fourth year.

Ideally suited to students with a strong interest in research, the course incorporate...

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Course Information

Study Mode



4 Years

Start Date



Durham City

Course Address
Palatine Centre

Application Details

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Institution Code


Points of Entry

Year 1

Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff

Scottish Higher


We will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. If an applicant has not been able to take 3 Advanced Highers, offers may be made with a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers, or on a number of Highers.

Access to HE Diploma


We require 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants may be required to meet additional subject-specific requirements for particular courses at Durham.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


Eighteen points (6, 6, 6) at Higher Level including two Science subjects required.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)


OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma


Including two Sciences

Scottish Advanced Higher


General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Two Science subjects required.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal


Extended Project

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A level


Specific subjects/grades required for entry: Two science subjects. For the Geophysics route, Mathematics or Further Mathematics at A-level at grade B or above, or a comparable qualification in Mathematics is required. Specific subjects excluded for entry: Critical Thinking and General Studies. Information: Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.

T Level

At Durham we welcome applications from students of outstanding achievement and potential from all educational backgrounds.  We will consider applicants studying T level qualifications for entry to many of our courses. Where a course requires subject specific knowledge and this is not covered within the T level being studied, you may need to supplement your T level studies with a suitable qualification to meet this requirement, for example at A level.  Where this is needed this will be clearly stated in our entry requirements. Detailed entry requirements can be found on individual course entries on our courses database.

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Fees and funding

England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Channel Islands, Republic of Ireland £9,250
EU, International £31,250

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