12 months
17170 GBP/year
4473 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This ResM Geological Sciences programme at the University of Plymouth will give you the opportunity to conduct research alongside staff at the forefront of their academic disciplines across the geological sciences, spanning the spectrum of disciplines from structural geology, palaeomagnetism, volcanoes, landslides and geomorphology to the evolution of life on Earth. 

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You will be supported within an active interdisciplinary research environment, working on a project in collaboration with your supervisor leading to a formal postgraduate qualification.

The ResM Geological Sciences  programme at the University of Plymouth   offers you the flexibility to shape your research in an area of particular interest to you, alongside the opportunity to gain research skills from our taught modules both within the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and across the University.

Key Features:

  • A flexible programme of research that is ideal if you are interested in pursuing a specific shorter-term research project.
  • Focus on a geological sciences project within a vibrant interdisciplinary research community.
  • A bespoke training pathway tailored to your individual needs.
  • Modules may be chosen from a variety of existing taught masters programmes and can span disciplines as appropriate.
  • Personalised expert supervision (you'll be assigned a Director of Studies and an additional supervisor).

Programme Structure

  • This programme incorporates taught elements (a minimum of 40 credits and a maximum of 120 credits) and an extended research phase.
  • You must take and pass at least two taught and assessed modules (40 credit) to equip you with the appropriate level of research skills. The specific modules will be agreed together with your supervisor.  These taught elements typically focus on research methods, contemporary issues and methodological skills, but may vary according your individuals needs and the subject area.
  • On passing these modules you will progress to your research project.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will need a good 2:1 or first class honours degree, or international equivalent, in an area of study appropriate to your project, and at least a 2:1 in the research project component of your degree.
  • An IELTS score of 7 or equivalent is required if you are an international student 
  • Before applying you should approach a potential supervisor for your research project and agree a project title and module combination. Your offer letter will then reflect the specific combination of modules and project agreed.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17170 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17170 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    4473 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4473 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • Part time Home/Islands fee: £3,030
  • Part time International fee: £8,585

Living costs for Plymouth

731 - 1387 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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