Earth Science (MEarthSci (Hons))

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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The award
MEarthSci (Hons)

How long you will study
4 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

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About Earth Science at Newcastle University

Course Overview

This four-year MEarthSci degree explores the fascinating complexity of the Earth system, through subjects like geology, chemistry and microbiology.

At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
MEarthSci Honours

Course Duration
4 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 33-35 points

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The degree is similar to our Earth Science BSc Honours, but includes a year of advanced study at Master's level.

Earth science covers everything from the formation of rocks and minerals to the impact of human activity on the sustainability of resources.

This degree prepares you for a wide range of possible careers - from geology to geomatics, and from geochemistry to environmental consultant. Whatever you choose, you'll be equipped with relevant skills in:

  • experimental science
  • field work
  • scientific investigation
  • project management

Your final year research project will deepen your knowledge and enable you to work with internationally leading researchers and professionals.

Highlights of this degree

Quality and ranking

Quality and ranking

Earth and Marine Sciences at Newcastle ranks in the top 200 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.

Professional accreditation

Professional accreditation

Our Earth Science degrees are designed to enable them to be accredited by the Geological Society, and we expect accreditation to be in place in due course.

An accredited degree:

  • provides assurances that your degree programme is of the high standard expected by industry
  • reduces the amount of experience required should you wish to apply to become a Chartered Geologist or Chartered Scientist

Find out more about the benefits of Geological Society accreditation.

Practical skills

Practical skills

Earth science underpins a range of interesting careers and this degree equips you with practical skills that are in demand with employers across the globe.

You will develop a strong understanding of the fundamental pillars of Earth science, such as:

  • geology
  • geochemistry
  • global imaging systems and remote sensing

You learn the practical applications of this knowledge, and also gain an appreciation of the engineering and technological applications of Earth science.

Through field trips and practical sessions, you develop highly desirable skills such as:

  • field observation
  • analysis skills

Using our our world-class analytical labs you also:

  • develop expertise in laboratory techniques
  • gain hands-on experience using industry-standard equipment



There are lots of opportunities to explore the environment and develop hands-on skills using our high-tech equipment, including:

  • frequent field days, reinforcing classroom learning and helping you apply your knowledge to practical contexts
  • an annual residential field course, in the UK or abroad

During welcome week in your first year, you also go on a residential course where you will have an opportunity to meet staff and fellow students, to help you settle in and make friends.

Research opportunities

Research opportunities

Students will have access to our world-class analytical laboratories including:

  • Gas Chromatography
  • Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry
  • High Pressure Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

These laboratories enable you to conduct high-quality research, alongside our expert academic staff, to complement the teaching and practical classes delivered during your degree.

Teaching and assessment

Study at the cutting edge

Benefit from our interdisciplinary approach and the diverse research strengths at Newcastle University. We have research expertise in:

  • petroleum geochemistry
  • biogeochemistry
  • global imaging systems
  • remote sensing
  • environmental impact

Teaching methods

Teaching is delivered through lectures and practicals in:

  • microscopy
  • rock and mineral identification
  • geological mapping
  • geochemistry

Assessment methods

You will be assessed via coursework, written examinations and lab practical sessions.

Find out more

Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module including specific assessment methods, credits and contact hours, can be found in the Course Details.

Visit our Teaching & Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to all students at Newcastle University

Facilities and support

This degree is delivered by the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences and is based in the Drummond Building and the Cassie Building. You will also be taught in various specialist centres across the University, as appropriate.


Our facilities for earth science include world-class analytical laboratories, including:

  • Gas Chromatography
  • Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry
  • High Pressure Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry


You'll be supported by:

  • a personal tutor throughout your degree

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMEarthSci (Hons)How you will study find outHow long you will study4 years
    Course starts find outDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 33-35 points

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