University of Exeter
Geology MSc
University of Exeter

Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in Earth Sciences

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Earth Sciences 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 £25500 £24500 £29000
25-75 percentile range £22000 - £28000 £22000 - £27000 £24000 - £33500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Earth Sciences

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24981 £24496 £28785
25-75 percentile range £21491 - £29019 £19181 - £30313 £22339 - £36076

Course Description

  • Designed to prepare you to tackle important environmental challenges including climate change, natural hazards, and the supply of critical raw materials and resources
  • MSci Geology will provide you with a detailed understanding of the Earth, its evolution, processes, systems and resources
  • Gain technical experience through over 60 days of fieldwork as well as laboratory classes, optional industry placement and independent research possibilities
  • Study in Cornwall with access to incredible and unique local geology on your doorstep
  • Taught at Exeter’s Penryn campus by Camborne School of Mines, a combined geoscience and mining department with an international reputation for research-inspired teaching and excellent graduate prospects

To learn more about modules, assessment methods, facilities and our staff research expertise please visit our course page.

Accredited by the Geological Society for the purpose of partially meeting the experience requirement for Chartered Geologist.

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 Geology MSc at University of Exeter

50% Teaching Professionals
15% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
10% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
10% Secretarial and related occupations
10% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
10% Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations

**Please visit our course page for current assessment methods**

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Earth Sciences

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All Degrees

Our International Student Support can help you with what you need to do before you arrive and when you get here as a new international student. They offer ongoing support throughout your studies whether that be setting up a bank account or arranging healthcare. Our Global Chums Buddy Scheme and our Intercultural Cafe provide opportunities to meet staff and connect with students. INTO University of Exeter provide pre-sessional English courses for international students as well as free insessional support. For more information about entry requirements, bursaries and scholarships please visit our course page.

We understand the financial pressures that undergraduate students can face when arriving at university for the first time and that is why we offer bursaries to complement government loans for low household income families, scholarships for exceptional students, sportspeople and those meeting other criteria as well as expert funding advice and guidance. For more information, please visit our course page.

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Geology, MSc, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Geology MSc

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
EU £29700 year 1
International £29700 year 1

Additional fee information

For full details regarding tuition fee and other costings, see:

Average student cost of living in the UK

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 University of Exeter in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Exeter in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #6 
    • #7 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #7 
    • #49 
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #9 
    • #51 
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #6 
    • #9 
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #9 
    • #27 
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #17 
    • #101 
    Social Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]

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About University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is a government funded research university based in Exeter, Devon, in the South-West region of England. The university has two campuses in Exeter, which are known as Streatham and St Luke’s, while another two are situated in the coastal town of Cornwall, known as Truro and Penryn. Something for prospective students to be aware of is that the University Exeter works in collaboration with Falmouth University under the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative.

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Where is this programme taught

University of Exeter - Penryn Campus, Cornwall
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