MSc in Mineral Resources / MSc in Geochemistry

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

MSc in Mineral Resources

Do you want to pursue a career in the mineral resource sector, or increase your knowledge of mineral resources in pursuit of a PhD? The MSc in Mineral Resources at the University of St Andrews will provide you with the necessary skills to attain your career objectives.

The degree has been designed in collaboration with industry professionals and consists of 8 core taught modules. The course provides practical training using applied methodologies and technologies that are at the forefront of mineral exploration today.

Key experiences include field excursions to a world-class ore deposit in the UK and the Rio Tinto mine in southern Spain to study the genesis of volcanic massive sulphide deposits and innovative acid mine drainage remediation methods.


  • Delivers a wide range of experience in the field of mineral resources based on the "mineral system" approach.
  • Focuses on current genetic models of ore deposits, applied field training, 3D geological modelling and mineral exploration.
  • Provides key industry skills, such as sub-surface mapping, core logging, integration of multiple spatial data sets.
  • Delivers a practical industry ready skill set designed in collaboration with professional exploration geologists.
  • All of the above is within a dynamic working atmosphere supported by collegial staff and student community.

MSc in Geochemistry

Geochemistry is a fundamental discipline within the Earth Sciences; it provides the techniques and knowledge to address such profound questions as: was there ever life on Mars, how do planets form, and what are the rates and drivers of climate change, both past and present?

Geochemistry also has widespread application to understanding and solving contemporary problems, ranging from pollution of soils and water, to rates of ocean acidification, and the exploration and management of natural resources.

The St Andrews MSc in Geochemistry delivers postgraduate-level knowledge and skills training in modern geochemical theory and methods, involving field work, hands-on laboratory training, and experience with state-of-the-art equipment. This broad and rigorous course provides preparation for either pursuing a PhD, by incorporating a lab-based research dissertation, or direct employment in industry through incorporation of applied economic and environmental geochemistry modules.

About St Andrews

Founded in the early 15th century, the University of St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world. The University is the top rated University in the UK for teaching quality and the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences is the top rated geology School in the UK for student satisfaction.

Situated on the east coast of Scotland and framed by countryside, beaches and cliffs, the town of St Andrews was once the centre of the nation's political and religious life. Today it is known around the world as the 'Home of Golf' and a vibrant academic town with a distinctively cosmopolitan feel where students and University staff account for more than 30% of the local population.

Entry requirements for 2017/2018 entry

Course entry require a minimum 2.1 Honours degree from a UK university or the equivalent for international students in a subject-related area. For international entry requirement see Relevant industrial experience will be taken into account.

To find out more about our MSc programmes, visit our website or contact the programme coordinators.

MSc in Mineral Resources: Dr Jonathan Cloutier at

MSc in Geochemistry: Dr Paul Savage at

posted: 23 January 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.