MSc(Res) Polar and Alpine Change

Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences

We produce graduates who can apply their expertise to real-world problems.

My course has given me a fantastic opportunity to broaden my horizons beyond my medical background. The international development side has provided the opportunity for travel to both Kenya and Ghana and given me the flexibility to focus on my own interests. The course attracts a strong mix of international students and it’s allowed me to make some great friends from all around the globe.

Katherine Cobb, MPH International Development

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

This new and exciting programme is aimed at training graduates from a range of scientific disciplines who wish to pursue a research career in cold-regions science, notably within the disciplines of glaciology, glacial geomorphology, polar climatology/ oceanography, environmental science, polar biogeochemical processes, or their intersections.

The programme’s underlying theme is contemporary, as its key interest is to explore the expressions, mechanisms and impacts of rapid ongoing changes in our planet’s cold regions.

Polar and Alpine change students doing fieldwork

Core modules

  • Research Design in Analysis of Environmental Systems
  • Current Issues in Polar and Alpine Science
  • Arctic/Alpine Field Course
  • Polar and Alpine Change Research Project

Teaching and assessment

Modules are delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and independent study.

The Research Project is assessed by oral presentation of mid-project findings, submission of a project report in the summer and by a poster presentation of project findings.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

Minimum of 2:1 degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area including but not restricted to: Physical Geography, Environmental/Earth/Ocean Sciences, Geology, Physics, and Natural Science.

You will also need to show evidence of engagement with and/or aptitude in geoscientific research. Applicants are urged to justify their credentials in this regard in their personal statement and upload a research document (eg undergraduate dissertation report) with their application.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Postgraduate Programmes Officer
E: geo-apply@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 7900

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.