This MSc examines the physical processes governing the behaviour of volcanoes. Bristol is ranked #2 in the UK for 'Earth systems and environmental sciences' research (THE analysis of REF 2021) and you will be taught by leading scientists working at the cutting edge of research into volcanoes. This programme will provide you with a strong background for independent research to PhD level or for a career in industry, the public sector or a non-governmental organisation. Increasing numbers of the global population being at risk means that volcano hazard prediction and mitigation is a fast-growing and competitive area of research that crosses the boundaries between traditional subject areas. The programme is designed to equip you with knowledge of the physical processes of volcanoes, including both sub-surface and surficial behaviour, insights into important historical eruptions, understanding of risk and risk mitigation, and instruction and experiential learning on data gathering, handling analysis and presentation to publishable standard. You will develop a wide range of skills, such as quantitative and computational skills, including the application of basic mathematical descriptions of physical processes and the use of statistical and data handling software; proficiency in critical analysis of scientific material from a variety of sources, including primary research documents and original data; and the ability to synthesise concise and informative material produced for a variety of audiences. A familiarity with A-level mathematics (or international equivalent) is recommended.
How to apply
The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students and accepts a wide range of qualifications for postgraduate study. If you study or have studied at a university outside the UK, please select the relevant page for further information on qualifications, scholarships and education representatives in your country/region: bristol.ac.uk/international/countries
An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in Earth Sciences, Geographical Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or related subject. Competency in maths must be demonstrated, either with Grade C in A level maths (or international equivalent) or two or more quantitative modules with an achievement of at least 60% (or international equivalent). Acceptable quantitative modules include, but are not limited to: GIS (Geographic Information System), Remote Sensing, Statistics, Computing and Geophysics. Applicants with a lower class of degree with relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Fees and funding
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