University of Bristol

91-100 th
World Reputation Rankings 2015
76 th
World University Rankings 2018
Senate House, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, Avon, BS8 1TH, United Kingdom


In geophysics you learn about the history, structure and dynamics of the earth system and the physics that underpins these elements. You will learn how the inaccessible parts of the earth are studied using remote sensing techniques, such as seismology and geodesy, as well as through studying rocks and minerals in the field and laboratory. In years one and two you will gain a firm grounding in both earth sciences and physics, building your knowledge to make informed unit choices during your third year. In year three you will choose from a broad range of advanced topics. Options include industry relevant units, as well those that treat the physics of natural phenomena such as volcanoes and earthquakes. The fourth year is structured differently, with advanced taught units in the autumn term and a major research project in the second half of the year. Often, these research projects are published in scientific literature. The MSci degree is equally valuable to those wishing to pursue an academic career and to those seeking employment in industry. Teaching is research-led and takes place in a dynamic, intellectually stimulating environment which include lectures, laboratory-based practicals and organised fieldwork. Small-group tutorials are held every fortnight and are where you will develop your key skills. You will prepare work beforehand and complete problem sets for your tutor who will advise and monitor your progress. Students are expected to develop independent learning skills and to self-assess their progress with the aid of feedback provided by teaching staff. Formal assessment may be wholly examination-based (written examinations take place twice a year), wholly coursework-based or be a combination of assessed coursework and examination.

  • Qualification
    Master of Science - MSci
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,Bristol
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • International Year 1 £20,300
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £10,750