Imperial College of Science
Earth and Planetary Science Msci (Hons)
Imperial College of Science

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews of 10 graduates of Earth and Planetary Science Msci (Hons) and other courses in Astronomy at Imperial College of Science for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Astronomy.

Overall student satisfaction
56 /100
10 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students

Salary

Salary of Graduates in Earth Sciences

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Astronomy at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £30000 £36000 £43000
25-75 percentile range £28000 - £34000 £28000 - £42500 £30500 - £51500


Salary of all UK Graduates of Earth Sciences

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25445 £25005 £29350
25-75 percentile range £21608 - £29589 £19041 - £31396 £22183 - £37554

Course Description

This course is accredited from the Geological Society of London and the Royal Astronomical Society. As well as your main Imperial degree, you will also receive the award of the Associateship of Royal School of Mines (ARSM) on completion of this course.

Find out how solid planetary bodies are explored using geological and geophysical principles.

This degree focuses on planets, moons, asteroids, and comets, along with geological and geophysical processes in the Solar System. You will also learn about geosciences, physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, and computing as part of an interdisciplinary degree.

During the first two years, you'll take core subjects alongside students from other Earth Science degrees.

In your third year, you can choose from optional geology or physics modules, such as astrobiology, earth systems, planetary physics, ore deposits and collisions.

As part of our courses, you'll engage in fieldwork, which allows you to put knowledge into practice and develop valuable skills.

Some students have the option to work in the field mapping the geology of areas such as the Greek Cyclades, French Massif Central, Pyrenees, French Alps, and North West Scotland.

In your fourth year, you study modules of your choice as you complete your Master's. You'll also undertake a major research project.

The planetary sciences are extremely popular due to the abundance of active and upcoming missions, requiring students to know the fundamentals of geosciences but also to be familiar with current knowledge and research problems.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Earth and Planetary Science Msci (Hons) at Imperial College of Science

30% Elementary occupations
25% Information Technology Professionals
20% Skilled trades occupations
15% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
5% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Artistic, literary and media occupations

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Including a relevant subject/science @ C or above (80 UCAS tariff points)

31-30 overall or 665-655 in 3 HL subjects.

If Mathematics is not taken beyond GCSE, a grade 7, (or A) in GCSE Mathematics, or Core Mathematics grade B is essential

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
Cambridge English Advanced

For pre-2015 test, the College requires grade B overall. If your test result is 2016 onwards, the College requires 185 overall with 176 in all elements/bands

IELTS (Academic) 7

Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 6.5 is required in all bands.

Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.

PTE Academic 69

Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 62 is required in all bands.

Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.

TOEFL (iBT) 100

Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 22 is required in all bands.

Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.

Cambridge English Advanced

For pre-2015 test, the College requires grade B overall. If your test result is 2016 onwards, the College requires 185 overall with 176 in all elements/bands

IELTS (Academic) 7

Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 6.5 is required in all bands.

Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.

PTE Academic 69

Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 62 is required in all bands.

Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.

TOEFL (iBT) 100

Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 22 is required in all bands.

Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Earth and Planetary Science, Msci (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

Costs

Tuition Fees Earth and Planetary Science Msci (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £40940 year 1
International £40940 year 1

Additional fee information

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Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Imperial College of Science in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Imperial College of Science in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #2 
    • #3 
    Geology
    The Times Good University Guide by Subject
    [Published 15 September, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #4 
    Geology
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 14 May, 2024]
    • #5 
    • #32 
    Geology
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 10 April, 2024]
    • #5 
    • #32 
    Geology
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #33 
    • #201 
    Geography
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 27 October, 2023]

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About Imperial College of Science

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (also known as Imperial College London) is a publicly funded university that provides Undergraduate and Postgraduate education in each of its specialist disciplines. Prospective students can expect to find the latest state-of-the-art materials in each department, as well as well-equipped leisure centres for enjoying sport activities outside of class hours. Located in the heart of London, there is something for everyone in this sprawling city.

List of 58 Bachelor and Master Courses from Imperial College of Science - Course Catalogue

Student composition of Imperial College of Science

undergraduates:
11625
postgraduates:
9255
Total:
20880

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