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All programmes of study will be delivered in a dual way combining both online and face to face teaching as appropriate. Face to face teaching will be delivered in a blended format with no large lectures to begin with. Please visit our website for more information. The Glaciology (by Research) programme is offered by Swansea University.

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Overview

The Glaciology (by Research) programme at Swansea University allows you to undertake a year-long individual programme of personally and professionally enriching research. 

While this Glaciology (by Research) programme at Swansea University usually finishes after a year, it can also be used to progress to the second year of a PhD degree. You will contribute to our research and learn methods such as computer simulation, satellite remote sensing, or geophysical and geological field methods. 

Supervision

Our computing facilities include the IBM ‘Blue Ice’ Supercomputer, which is mainly used for climate and glaciological modelling, 15 dual-processor workstations for earth observation, and a 20-node multiprocessor Beowulf cluster

You will have access to:

  • a computer laboratory dedicated to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • a remote sensing computer laboratory with 10 high-performance Linux workstations
  • Specialist laboratory suites for stable isotope ratio analysis; tree ring analysis; extraction and identification of organic compounds; pollen extraction and analysis; rainfall simulation; tephra analysis; soil and sediment characterisation

Programme Structure

Swansea glaciologists work in the Arctic, Antarctic, and most glaciated regions to advance understanding of: 

  • Ice dynamic processes such as iceberg calving and basal processes in relation to ice streams, outlet glaciers and glacier surging;
  • Interactions between ice sheets, solid earth, oceans and atmosphere;
  • Reconstruction of past and prediction of future glacier, permafrost, and snow behaviour and processes;
  • Past and future cryospheric contribution to sea-level rise

Key information

Duration

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

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Before applying, please identify a research topic or area by consulting our list of current research areas.
  • We normally require a minimum of an upper second class Honours degree or equivalent in geography or a related field.
  • IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or equivalent.

Funding

For funding and scholarships, please visit our website for more details.

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