Environmental Geoscience MRes

Environmental Geoscience MRes

MRes - full time 12 months


The programme is strongly research-focused. You will develop the advanced skills and knowledge required for further academic study or research-focused industry roles.

About this course

The programme spans all aspects of environmental geosciences, including:

  • climate change
  • environmental monitoring and management
  • ecology
  • water 

You'll choose your own unique pathway and develop your skills and interests within environmental geoscience. You will explore these ideas in-depth, via your dissertation, which lets you lead and develop a research project at the forefront of research. This will be supported by expert academics from across the environmental geosciences at Newcastle University.

You will gain the advanced research skills from our scientific skills module. Our broad range of optional modules allow you to pursue your interests and build a unique portfolio of skills and knowledge.

You will gain the advanced skills required to conduct research within environmental geoscience. This will provide excellent preparation for those interested in a research-focused job and/or further academic study. Potential roles include:

  • environmental consultancy
  • environmental management
  • government agencies (eg Natural England)
  • GIS / remote sensing consultancy
  • further postgraduate study (PhD)

To help guide your choices, you attend a bespoke careers fair, which focuses on geography and environmental geoscience jobs. The fair will have a range of relevant employers and break-out sessions where you can talk to our recent alumni or meet entrepreneurs.


See what our geography postgraduates think

I really enjoyed the fieldwork aspect of my research, as well as learning relevant and contemporary techniques. I also had the opportunity to present my research at an international conference where I met many of the key authors in my field.

Alex McKee: MPhil Geography

I had the opportunity to undertake field data collection at Annapurna South Glacier in the Nepalese Himalaya, which was an amazing experience I will never forget.

Jack Linighan: MPhil Geography

The masters gave me a great opportunity to develop the skills at undergraduate level as well as learn new skills. It also gave me an opportunity to develop a project around my

Jack Oxtoby: MPhil Geography

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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2019 entry

Optional modules

You will take 40 credits of optional modules, which can be chosen from across a wide range of Environmental Geoscience topics. This allows you to follow your interests and build a portfolio of relevant skills and knowledge from across Environmental Geoscience.

The following optional modules are arranged according to stream, to help guide your choice. However, these streams are not prescribed and you may choose modules from different streams. All module choices must be approved by your supervisor before they are finalised. You must take 10 credits of optional modules in Semester 1, to avoid a credit imbalance in Semester 2.

Most module information for 2020 entry will be available mid-May 2020. Some of the modules shown here may not be available for 2020 entry and new modules may become available. If you would like further information on module availability and/or content, you can contact Dr Rachel Carr.

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.


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Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service will help you to explore your options and make informed choices to achieve your career goals.

Work experience

Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.

Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.

Fees & Funding

Here are the fees you will pay for your course and some potential funding opportunities.

2020-2021 fees

The fees displayed here are per course.


Full time: £7,000

Full time: £7,000

Full time: £19,140

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

Here are the academic and English language requirements you need to study on this course.

A 2:1 honours degree from a UK university, or an international equivalent in a relevant subject.
Relevant subject area including, but not restricted to:

  • physical geography
  • environmental / earth / ocean sciences
  • geology
  • physics
  • natural science

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have relevant professional experience.

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English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

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Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

Start dates and Fee

Research proposal

You must supply a 500-word outline research statement. This should outline your research interests and how these fit with the Environmental Geoscience MRes. 

You need to approach a supervisor(s) within your field of interest and confirm that they are willing to supervise the project before your application. If you are having difficulty finding a supervisor, you can contact Dr Rachel Carr for further support.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but we will deduct it from your tuition fees when you register.