The Volcanology programme offered by the University of Bristol is taught by leading scientists who are working at the cutting edge of research into volcanoes, and 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.
The MSc in Volcanology will prepare you for a research-based career. Most students follow one of three paths, using the skills they have acquired at Bristol.
About 40 per cent go on to study for a PhD at a range of institutions in the UK, Europe, North America, Australia and Singapore. Most overseas students return to their home country to work for government agencies in hazard management. Other graduates choose to work in the commercial sector for either geotechnical companies (who manage assets for large multinationals), or risk management and reinsurance companies.
This volcanology programme is rigorous and quantitative, and will prepare you for settings where both subject-specific knowledge and the ability to conduct independent research are highly valued.
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- Physical Volcanology
- Modelling Volcanic Activity
- Current Topics in Volcanology
- Research Methods in Volcanology
- Literature Review (Volcanology)
- Thesis (Volcanology
- Frontiers in Earth Science
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- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , National
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- An upper second-class honours BSc or MSci (or international equivalent) in earth sciences, geographical sciences, chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering, mathematics or another related subject.
- Previous professional experience or qualifications can also be put forward for consideration as equivalent to the academic entry requirements given above. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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International25500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 25500 GBP per year during 12 months.
National10700 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 10700 GBP per year during 12 months.
Living costs for Bristol
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.