Environmental and Petroleum Geochemistry MSc; Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules 

MSc: 12 months full time; up to 48 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £6,000 part time *
International: full time £15,490 part time fees

*Please note that the part-time fees are calculated on a pro-rata basis, and include an annual administration fee.

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This programme is an excellent introduction to environmental geochemistry if you wish to follow a research-oriented career path. It also equips you with advanced understanding, knowledge and specialist technical skills for a career the environmental industry with a specialism in the interactions between petroleum and the environment.

You will be able to critically assess the quality, value and limitations of new data in relation to existing information and demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding in the areas of:

  • low temperature geochemistry of waters, soils and sediments
  • the fundamental role of micro-organisms in catalysing low temperature geochemical reactions
  • origins, toxicity and ultimate fates of pollutants
  • modern techniques for the analysis of environmental materials
  • impact and geochemistry of oil in the environment

This programme complements the MSc Environmental Consultancy and MSc Petroleum Geochemistry degrees.

The programme meets the accreditation requirements of the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates with an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng Honours or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc Honours degree. It is designed to achieve the ECUK Output Standards for Accredited Engineering Programmes and takes account of the QAA’s FHEQ Qualification Descriptors, the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Engineering, and the University’s Graduate Skills Framework.


You complete compulsory taught modules followed by a summer research project written up as a dissertation.

A range of dissertation projects is offered including laboratory, field work and computer-based modelling. You will have the opportunity to work alongside one of our established research groups, and some placement projects may be available with industrial partners.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

Individual modules can be taken on a stand-alone basis as part of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

+Entrance Requirements

A lower-second-class Honours degree, or an international equivalent, in the following subjects: chemistry; earth science; environmental science; geology; applied science; geochemistry; or industrial chemistry. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications if they have at least two years of relevant experience. Applicants are expected to submit a personal statement of at least 200 words indicating why they would like to undertake the programme.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-section), TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

The School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences provides some postgraduate funding.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

For more information on how to apply for this programme, please contact the Academic Secretary in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (see details below).

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Academic Secretary
School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6605
Email: ceg.geochemistry@ncl.ac.uk

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Geochemistry.

Student profiles:

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I would recommend international students to definitely look in to Newcastle. It is in a great area of the UK which is often overlooked and the city and University has a lot to offer its students. You can live here on a low budget with a friendly atmosphere. It is definitely worth looking into.

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