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Graduate Admissions

The MASt in Earth Sciences aims to train to master's-level students who already have a bachelors' degree in Earth Sciences or Geological sciences. It is a predominantly taught course in which candidates work alongside the fourth-year students taking the integrated Cambridge BA/MSci Earth Sciences course.  It is intended for students planning a career, further training, or research within Earth Sciences, or for other students wanting the intellectual challenge of an advanced course in the Earth Sciences.

The specific aims are:

  • to expose advanced students to the breadth of the Earth Sciences through a combination of seminars, course work and field teaching;
  • to provide 'state of the art' knowledge of specific areas in the Earth Sciences through a combination of seminars, course work, and faculty-supervised independent research;
  • to develop the conceptual and practical skills necessary for independent research;
  • to develop communication and presentation skills to an advanced level.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Earth Sciences MASt course, students will be expected to have developed a specialized understanding and knowledge of particular areas geological science, and an awareness of the latest state of research and developments in those areas.

Students will have:

  • carried out an individual research project in an area of current geological relevance, communicating the results clearly via written reports and a poster presentation;
  • acquired practical, organizational and presentation skills that will enable them to continue successfully with research in other professional careers.


After completing this course you will be able to apply for a PhD in this or other departments.

Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

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Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Advanced Study

Department of Earth Sciences


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Jan. 7, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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