MSc by Research in Volcanology
Volcanoes pose dynamic hazards to people around the world and are sources of both substantial economic gain and loss. Volcanology is a broad and exciting science that encompasses field studies, geophysics, geochemistry, experimental studies, numerical and computational modelling, and hazard and risk mitigation. We are excited to offer new projects for our MSc by Research (Volcanology) programme for the 2020/21 intake. The programme offers graduate students year-long research opportunities in volcanology and is excellent preparation for PhD research in volcanology and allied subjects.
Applications are welcome at any time - there is no specific deadline. See our list of exciting new projects here. We also welcome interest from students wishing to develop their own projects in collaboration with Durham Volcanology Group staff. Please contact the potential supervisor with the most relevant research interests.
MSc by Research
Entry: via application form here and following successful interview.
Duration: 12 months [or 24 months part-time].
Entry requirements: 2.1 Bachelor's degree or above (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.
Assessment: research dissertation.
Training and Skills development
Throughout the MSc project successful students will be integrated into the vibrant, active volcanology research group within the Department of Earth Sciences at Durham University. Training will include:
- Project-specific technical training from DVG staff.
- Weekly seminars in the Department of Earth Sciences and the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience on a diverse range of topics.
- Weekly volcanology group meetings that cover a range of topics, including:
- Presentations and discussions of current research by Durham researchers and visiting guests.
- Research paper discussions on hot topics in volcanology.
- Writing and presentation skills development via informal student talks and manuscript reviews.
- Development of volcano-related outreach activities.
- Joint meetings with other Durham research groups (geochemistry, structural and tectonics).
- Optional one-week residential volcanology field course in Tenerife that covers:
- basaltic volcanism;
- explosive volcanism;
- lava emplacement;
- pyroclastic rocks;
- caldera formation, shield volcanoes, composite volcanoes and scoria cones;
- Experimental volcanology lab
- Sedimentology lab suitable for granulometric analysis of tephra and pyroclastic deposits
- State of the art electron microscopy suite with FEG-SEM with CL and EBSD, TEM
- X-ray computed tomography
- Microscopy lab
- Full suite of isotope and geochemical laboratories including laser ablation ICPMS
- In-house thin-section laboratory, rock crushing and preparation
- Mineral separation
- Air quality monitoring instruments
- Field equipment including: field scales, GPS units, satellite phones, two-way radios, portable laser range-finders, GoPro cameras
Fees and financial support
General University information on tuition fees and funding for postgraduate research is located here. Specific information on tuition fees for this programme can be found here ("Laboratory Based (PGR)" fees apply). For most projects, basic research costs are met by the supervisor. The student will be liable for costs associated with the optional field course (around £600), for optional conference attendance and for additional research costs for some projects (check individual project proposals here).
Postgraduate Prospectus 2020
Interested in postgraduate study? Download our 2020 prospectus.