MSc EXPLORATION FIELD GEOLOGY
1 Year Field-based Taught Masters and Research Dissertation
A new cohort of students will be admitted in September 2013. Applications for 2013 are now being accepted. See below for details.
This programme recognises the exceptional demand for exploration geologists driven by unprecedented high commodity prices in metals, coal and petroleum resources. Bucking the global recessionary trend, significant employment opportunities exist within Europe and further afield, with Australia and Canada recognised as major markets for the employment of skilled geologists. Employer demand is coupled with high salary levels – typically €60000 (2012).
Exploration companies require skilled field geologists. Global trends in the delivery of geology training in the third level sector has resulted in shortfalls, especially in the delivery of essential field skills. In many programmes, geology graduates often have advanced knowledge in research driven specialisms but lack industrially relevant skills and practical training in core areas.
Based on employer feed back, this programme offers an opportunity to “bridge the gap” with the specific purpose of up-skilling geology graduates in the essential knowledge, techniques and experience required by the exploration geology sector be it in the metal, coal or hydrocarbon industries. As exploration is field-based, we recognise the special emphasis required by industry in field-based skills and competence.
Geology in the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences:
The School Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences was established in May 2010 and is composed of the academic disciplines of Geology, Environmental Science, Zoology, Ecology, Plant Science, which are based on a single site in the North Mall Campus. The School is a student-centred organisation where high quality courses are delivered by research active staff.
We offer a wide choice of degree programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level including existing MSc. Marine Biology, MSc Ecological Assessment and we are renowned internationally for the quality of our teaching and research. We are also known for our friendly and accessible staff and our heavy focus on field-based studies. We have more than 600 undergraduate students and 130 postgraduate students, including 100 PhD students, currently studying in the School. We offer an outstanding research-led curriculum to all our undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Academics and researchers in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences have a strong track record of attracting prestigious research funding and are involved in international collaborations with colleagues throughout the world. We have strong links with Research Institutes within UCC, such as the Environmental Research Institute and the Irish Maritime & Energy Resource Cluster, as well as with others internationally. This makes the School an exciting environment for research and teaching, and provides a vigorous and challenging academic atmosphere for our students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, where talent and enthusiasm is nurtured and where you will find a warm welcome from staff and students alike.
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This course is taught by leading international experts in the field and recognised instructors of excellence:
Dr. Ronan Hennessy (NUIG)
Dr. Mark Cooper (Sherwood Geoconsulting Inc., Canada)
Garth Earls (Dalradian Gold Ltd., UK)
Prof Donny Hutton (Ex- University of Birmingham, UK)
Dr. Ed Jarvis (University College Cork, Ireland)
Dr. Maxim Kozachenko (University College Cork, Ireland)
Dr. Pat Meere (Universtiy College Cork, Ireland)
Dr John Reavy (University College Cork, Ireland)
Dr Larry Thomas (Dargo Associates Ltd., UK)
Prof. Andy Wheeler (University College Cork, Ireland)
Prof Brian Williams (University of Aberdeen, UK)
Candidates for the MSc in Exploration Field Geology must either (1) hold at least a Second Class Honours, Grade II degree or equivalent in a Geological/Earth Sciences area or a related relevant degree or (2) have reached an equivalent standard through completion of a relevant postgraduate qualification.
The number of places is limited and selection will be made on the candidate's performance in his/her primary degree and experience. Where relevant, candidates will have to prove their proficiency in the English language (spoken and written).
The fees are €6000 for EU students and €12000 for non-EU students.
Applications for the MSc via PAC are now open. Application procedure details and on-line applications are accessible at http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/what/sefs/masters/fieldgeol - Course code CRK43.
For further information and queries, see:
Dr. John Reavy
School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences
University College Cork, Ireland