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Earth and ocean sciences

Our postgraduates carry out interesting and often vital research into a wide variety of subject areas, enhanced by the high level of research activity and expertise in the School.

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Why study with us


Strong links with industry

Our connections with businesses and government agencies ensure the quality and relevance of our courses.


Cutting-edge course content

Our master’s degree programmes address contemporary environmental, policy and research issues.


Professional research projects

Embed your skills in professional practice and research through a substantial project, which may be completed as part of a placement.

The hands on and practical nature of the course meant that when I left and started my first role, I not only felt well prepared for the tasks at hand, but also like I already had a experience in industry under my belt.
Rhian Lynes, MSc Applied Environmental Geology

Our talks

An introduction to Applied Environmental Geology

Dr Peter Brabham explains all you need to know about our vocationally-focused degree programme in Applied Environmental Geology (MSc), including teaching methods, contact hours and module information.

This course provides the requisite skills for employment in professional geo-environmental and geotechnical consultancies and government environmental agencies.

An overview of Water in a Changing World and Environmental Hazards

Dr T.C. Hales gives you a flavour of what you can expect on our two new master's degree programmes, including teaching methods, contact hours and module information.

Water in a Changing World (MSc) draws on interdisciplinary knowledge to provide a broad outlook on water problems within the context of current realities and future projections of climate change.

Environmental Hazards (MSc) provides technical expertise in risk assessment, with a focus on the methods needed to analyse past environmental hazards and forecast future ones.

Our School

Our School has a world-class reputation for research excellence, with a vibrant and diverse community of postgraduate students. Explore our facilities, School and research, and take a look at the career journey of one of our graduates.

View our taught postgraduate degree programmes.
View our postgraduate research programme.

Entry requirements can be found on the course pages.

Graduate story

Read the graduate career journey of Rosie, an Applied Environmental Geology student, to find out where one of our degrees could take you.


From the latest analytical techniques to a coastal research vessel, our facilities support research and teaching activities throughout the School.

Recent publications

Explore our publications for detail of how we're addressing some of the most significant research themes in Earth sciences.

Latest news

Led by scientists at Cardiff University, an international team of researchers and organisations has been awarded over €6.7M from EU Horizon 2020 to help tackle food and water insecurity in the Horn of Africa Drylands (HAD).

Plus, by combining state-of-the-art technology with the latest high-performance computing, a UK team led by researchers at Cardiff University are aiming to create the very first 4D maps of the Earth’s mantle.

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Funding your studies

Learn more about the scholarships, UK government support packages and student loans available to you.

Guaranteed accommodation

All postgraduate students arriving in September are guaranteed a single occupancy room.

Student support

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Next steps


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How to apply

Everything you need to know about our application process.


View courses

Explore our postgraduate courses and admission criteria for 2020/21.