• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
The MSc Advanced Applied Field Geoscience from University of South Wales is the most fieldwork intensive MSc in the UK. This is a highly vocational MSc course that will give you with the knowledge, skills, competence and confidence to work in a wide range of practical geoscience careers, from engineering geology and mining to quarrying, petroleum geoscience and research.


Rather than focusing on an individual geoscience career path, the MSc Advanced Applied Field Geoscience from University of South Wales focuses on providing a thorough training in a number of geoscience skills including digital data capture and visualisation, analytical methods and applied field geology.

What you will study

The MSc Advanced Applied Field Geoscience is a one year (full time) or two year (part time) course. It comprises three 40 credit taught modules along with a 60 credit research dissertation. 

Each taught module is divided into four topics, with each topic delivered in a two week intensive teaching block.


The three taught modules are delivered between September and April. Each module is divided into four topics, with each topic taught over a two week block. Teaching includes formal lectures, tutorials, practical classes, field/site visits, and field courses.

For each topic there are 18 formally taught hours along with field / site visits, field trips and directed learning. In total the formal taught classes and expected independent study equates to a full time job, with around 40 hours per week.


Graduates with a Masters in Advanced Applied Field Geoscience will be equipped to seek jobs across the earth sciences, including site investigation, contaminated land assessment, geotechnics and engineering geology, mining, quarrying, petroleum geoscience and research.

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • Digital Geology 
  • Analytical Geoscience 
  • Applied Field Geology 
  • Research Dissertation 

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Candidates should usually have a first-class or upper second-class Honours degree in Geology, Earth Science, Geophysics, or joint honours Geology – Geography, although other applicants would be considered based on their personal circumstances.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13400 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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