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4867F - Environmental Geoscience MRes

Environmental Geoscience MRes

Entry Year:

Start in: September 2021

Develop the advanced skills and knowledge required for further academic study or research-focused industry roles in environmental geoscience.


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

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

You'll 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)

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What you'll learn

Research skills

The programme will help develop the skills to:

  • formulate and test your own research questions
  • identify and evaluate appropriate research methods
  • synthesise complex information and key theories

Data analysis & practical skills

The programme will give you:

  • understanding of key concepts, theories and ideas, within your area of environmental geosciences
  • knowledge of a range of appropriate, advanced methods used within environmental geosciences
  • ability to acquire, process and analyse relevant scientific datasets
  • proficiency in a range of quantitative data analysis techniques
  • advanced IT skills and capability with specialist software


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.

How you'll learn

Your development

Professional skills

During the environmental geoscience programme, you'll develop a number of key transferable skills, which are vital for your future career, including:

  • being able to communicate to a high standard, via written material and oral presentations, to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • being able to work effectively as a member of a team
  • the ability to deal with complex issues, both systematically and creatively
  • being able to demonstrate self-direction and originality in solving problems and tackling tasks
  • having excellent time management and planning skills
  • having the capacity to lead, manage and implement an in-depth project, including:
    • writing initial proposals
    • developing the project idea
    • planning data collection
    • data analysis
    • producing a publishable quality output

Your future


Potential roles include:

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

Graduate destinations

The programme prepares you for further academic study or research-focused industry roles. Our recent students have undertaken a wide range of roles including:

  • graduate environmental consultant at Aval Consulting Group Ltd.
  • environmental research and communications intern at the ESG Foundation.

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


The MRes in Environmental Geoscience is cross-faculty and cross-disciplinary. Access to facilities may be limited to allow social distancing and to adhere to government restrictions. We have a broad range of cutting-edge facilities, equipment and laboratories, including:

Computing and study facilities

You'll have access to a dedicated high-performance PC cluster. The cluster has appropriate specialist software, including:

  • remote sensing
  • GIS
  • programming software

You'll be given the choice of a desktop or laptop computer to use for your work for the duration of the programme.

You'll be located within your home school (ie the school where your primary supervisor is located). This will help you to organise meetings with your supervisor and integrate into the research community. As a minimum, you'll be provided with hot-desk facilities for your daily work and may be given a dedicated desk, dependant on student numbers.

Laboratories and workshops

Our geomorphology and sediment, chemistry and biology laboratories are used for a combination of teaching and research.

Our research specific laboratories comprise:

Field equipment

Our extensive pool of field equipment includes a range of technologies for:

  • topographic survey (levels, hand-held GPS, robotic and manual total stations, laser range-finders and Leica-differential GPS)
  • soil and sediment sampling (corers and augers for inorganic and organic sediment, gravity and piston corers for use in lakes)
  • biological and chemical analysis (aquatic kick nets, YSI water column chemistry sonde, portable HACH-Lange spectrophotometers, ultra-meters),
  • hydrological analysis (including stage recorders, rugged digital cameras and multi-parameter probes)

We also have 4x4 vehicles for field use.

Geophysical equipment:

Research Vessels

Newcastle University has a new state-of-the-art research vessel, The Princess Royal.

We also have a number of small inflatable boats, complete with outboard motors.

Newcastle University Farms

For the plot to farm scale research, we use the University's NU-Farms:

Nafferton Farm, which is 12 miles west of Newcastle, is home to the internationally recognised Nafferton Ecological Farming Group and a unique farm-scale comparison of organic vs conventional crop and dairy production systems.

Cockle Park Farm, 18 miles north of Newcastle, is the centre for agri-technology development for Newcastle University and is part of the Centre for Crop Health and Protection.

Dove Marine Laboratory

The laboratory has a proud history of supporting excellence in Marine Science research, education and outreach for more than a century. It has a wide range of equipment, which is detailed on the laboratory web pages.

Great North Museum: Hancock

The Great North Museum: Hancock holds the Newcastle University Mineral Collection. The collection consists of approximately 9,000 minerals from UK and worldwide localities and contains some extremely rare and valuable specimens.

The fossil collections contain vertebrate, invertebrate and botanical specimens. The collection of fossil plants is one of the most important within the museum.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply

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Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021

Open days and events

Open days

The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold open days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.

From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:

  • explore our beautiful campus
  • find out about our vibrant city
  • discover what students think about studying at Newcastle

You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the courses you're interested in.

Find out about upcoming postgraduate open days


We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.

We also hold various online and virtual events.

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Questions about this course?

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School of Geography Politics and Sociology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3921 


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