The MSc in Geochemistry develops knowledge and skills training in geochemistry and modern geochemical methods, involving field work, extensive hands-on laboratory training and experience with state-of-the-art equipment. The course provides preparation for pursuing a PhD, through a lab-based research dissertation, or direct employment in industry through the incorporation of applied economic and environmental geochemistry modules.
Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Science (MSc)
One year full time or two years part time
A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a subject-related area. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
UK and EU: £6,800
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
If you are looking to start this programme in 2017, you can find information about 2017 entry on the 2017 Geochemistry MSc page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in our archive.
The MSc in Geochemistry is a comprehensive and rigorous course that combines compulsory and optional taught modules, field work, short courses, and a research dissertation. Hands-on experience developing a diverse set of laboratory skills is embedded into the course.
The MSc degree requires two semesters of full-time (or four semesters part-time) coursework, normally equivalent to a total of nine taught modules. The assessment for the taught modules is based on coursework and written examinations.
The final three months of your course will be focused on writing the final assessment piece, a 15,000-word laboratory-based, or field- and laboratory-based, dissertation.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the module catalogue.
There are six compulsory modules.
Students choose three optional modules out of the following choices:
The modules listed ran in the academic year 2015-2016 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2016 entry.
Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.
The third semester of the MSc course focusses on independent research conducted with an academic supervisor. The topic is defined by the student and can be chosen from research foci within the department. The research project will involve project formulation, a background literature review, proposal writing and analytical design, as well as data integration and interpretation.
Students present the results of their project as an oral presentation, at a poster conference, and in a dissertation. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a date towards the end of August.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MSc, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MSc.
The Department of Earth and Environmental Science hold monthly DEES Seminars with expert guest speakers from the UK and abroad.
This comprehensive and rigorous course is relevant preparation for pursuing a PhD in Geochemistry by incorporating a lab-based research dissertation. Many of our graduates continue their education by enrolling in PhD programmes at St Andrews or elsewhere.
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) often provides funding for PhD programmes in Earth and Environmental Science through the IAPETUS Doctoral Training Programme.
The range of research areas and applications of geochemistry is so broad that career opportunities span the whole of earth and environmental sciences. Masters-level training in geochemistry would provide a suitable platform for a career in materials science outside of earth and environmental sciences specifically.
Geochemists with MSc degrees are employed in:
The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.
Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our Admissions policy.
As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Course revision protocol (PDF)
The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. Fee setting protocol (PDF)