Mineral Resources (MSc) 2020 entry

The MSc in Mineral Resources prepares students for the challenges in resource extraction in the 21st century. It tackles not only the geological challenges inherent in mineral exploration targeting and estimation, but also the economic, environmental, social, and geopolitical aspects of mining: from exploration, extraction to remediation. 

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Course type

Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Science (MSc)

Course dates

  • Start date: 7 September 2020
  • End date: 30 September 2021

If you started this programme in 2019, you can find information about 2019 entry on the 2019 Mineral Resources page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.

Course duration

One year full time or two years part-time

Entry requirements

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

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Tuition fees

UK and EU: £11,420
Overseas: £23,090

Application deadline

Wednesday 12 August 2020. Applicants should apply as early as possible due to limited spaces, and to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.

Application requirements

  • CV or résumé
  • personal statement
  • two original signed academic references
  • academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).

For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.

Course information

The MSc in Mineral Resources is a one-year postgraduate degree designed to prepare students for the challenges in resource extraction in the 21st century. Updated for 2020-2021, it will tackle not only the geological challenges inherent in mineral exploration targeting and estimation, but also the economic, environmental, social, and geopolitical aspects of mining: from exploration, extraction to remediation.

It provides hands-on training in both the classroom and field in the latest digital and remote sensing mapping techniques, 3D modelling software and geochemical mapping. Students gain knowledge and experience through interactions with invited guest lecturers from industry and by visiting mine sites. Knowledge is consolidated through both an industry or research-focused dissertation, and an international field course, which for 2020-2021 is planned to be in South Africa.

The MSc is targeted both at new graduates seeking a career in the resources industry or preparation for an applied PhD, and also at professional exploration geologists with several years industry experience seeking to move into an exploration strategy role.

Teaching format

The MSc in Mineral Resources is a comprehensive course that combines core knowledge, field work, short courses and a research dissertation. The MSc degree requires two semesters of full-time (or four semesters part-time) coursework equivalent to a total of seven taught modules. The assessment for the taught modules is based on coursework and written examinations.

Knowledge gained will be consolidated through an assessed field excursion, which for 2020-2021 is planned to be in South Africa. 

The final three months of your course will be focused on independent research which concludes with a 15,000-word field or laboratory-based dissertation.

Modules

Modules for this programme are currently being reviewed and will be available to view on this page by the end of 2019. In the meantime, if you would like to discuss the course content in more detail, please email the MSc Mineral Resources programme coordinator via earthsci@st-andrews.ac.uk

Further particulars regarding curriculum development.

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Events and seminars

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences holds monthly seminars with expert guest speakers from the UK and abroad. 

The School also holds an annual full-day ‘FRESH’ seminar series (Frontline Earth Science Research at St Andrews). The 2019 FRESH event was entitled, “Evolution of Earth's Atmosphere.”

Funding

Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees to students who are eligible to graduate or who have graduated from St Andrews within the last three academic years and are starting a postgraduate programme with the University of St Andrews.

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After the MSc

Research degrees

The comprehensive and rigorous MSc course provides relevant preparation for pursuing a career in the mineral industry sector and also prepares students for PhD-level research.

PhD in Earth Sciences

Careers

Because of the importance of the extractive industries to society, the economy and the environment, economic geologists are employed in the mineral, oil, gas and petroleum industries, engineering, environmental and financial sectors, as well as by geological surveys, consultancy companies, and academia.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students in building their employability skills.

Contact

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of St Andrews
Irvine Building
St Andrews
KY16 9AL

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3940
Email: earthsci@st-andrews.ac.uk

Earth and Environmental Sciences website

Policies

Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our admissions policy.

Curriculum development

As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online (PDF, 72 KB).

Tuition fees

The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online (PDF, 84 KB).