Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

By the end of the course students will have acquired and demonstrated specialist disciplinary knowledge and understanding of key issues pertaining to quaternary science, in particular the core linking themes of high'resolution palaeoenvironmental records, high'precision dating, and multi'proxy approaches to the investigation of past environmental changes. They will also be provided with advanced training in techniques used to assess the causes, scale and rapidity of past climate and environmental fluctuations; encompassing field, laboratory, statistical and computing methods used in the acquisition, interpretation and modelling of proxy climatic and environmental data.

Course Modules

Core modules include: Sedimentology and stratigraphy; high precision age modelling; quaternary palaeoclimatology; principles of quaternary research; quantitative environmental palaeoecology; field training programme; dissertation. Elective modules include: Palynology; coleoptera; micromorphology; theory and applications of luminescence dating; quaternary mammals; stable isotopes and environmental change; environmental factors in human evolution and dispersal; late quaternary palaeohydrology; tephrochronology; chironomids.

Course Additional Entry

UK lower 2nd Class Honours degree (2.2), or equivalent, in a relevant subject (e.g. geology, geography, environmental science/studies, botany, ecology, archaeology). Candidates with extensive field and/or laboratory experience in a relevant vocation may also be considered for entry, but will be required to demonstrate proficiency in theoretical aspects of the subject. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £15,800  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £6,550  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate)