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    I am hoping to have a career in geophysics. I spoke to a geologist who contacted a geophysicist who said in order to be successful, you need to be very smart and with at least a Masters degree, if not a PhD. What are people's experiences with this? Thanks
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    I'm not really sure what you mean by 'career in geophysics' (can you be more specific, what do you want to do?) - if you mean research then yes, you will need a PhD.
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    I'm not really sure what you mean by 'career in geophysics' (can you be more specific, what do you want to do?) - if you mean research then yes, you will need a PhD.
    Most likely petroleum geophysics, or maybe environmental. I'm still in school so don't know exactly what I would like to do. Thanks for your help.
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    (Original post by bobv11)
    Most likely petroleum geophysics, or maybe environmental. I'm still in school so don't know exactly what I would like to do. Thanks for your help.
    To get into petroleum, you'd likely need a separate MSc after your BSc- eg Petroleum Geoscience (RHUL, Manchester, Imperial, Aberdeen), Exploration Geophysics (Leeds). Depending on the state of the industry when you graduate, you might have a chance with a 4 year undergrad course (MGeol/MSci).

    Geophysics is a good route to get into engineering/geotechnics/near surface geophys because of the maths skills you get from the course. You can do this with just a BSc!

    If you think you want to go into academia/research a PhD is necessary, I'd advise a 4 year MGeol/MSci course to give you a taste of doing a research project.

    If you think you'll get the grades, I'd look at applying for four year courses (five years in Scotland) - if you change your mind once you're at Uni you can easily change to a BSc but it's harder to switch the other way around!

    PS - Most courses will ask for 2+ sciences at A-level for a Geology degree, and for geophys you will usually need Maths and/or Physics.
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    (Original post by rosiesaurus)
    To get into petroleum, you'd likely need a separate MSc after your BSc- eg Petroleum Geoscience (RHUL, Manchester, Imperial, Aberdeen), Exploration Geophysics (Leeds). Depending on the state of the industry when you graduate, you might have a chance with a 4 year undergrad course (MGeol/MSci).

    Geophysics is a good route to get into engineering/geotechnics/near surface geophys because of the maths skills you get from the course. You can do this with just a BSc!

    If you think you want to go into academia/research a PhD is necessary, I'd advise a 4 year MGeol/MSci course to give you a taste of doing a research project.

    If you think you'll get the grades, I'd look at applying for four year courses (five years in Scotland) - if you change your mind once you're at Uni you can easily change to a BSc but it's harder to switch the other way around!

    PS - Most courses will ask for 2+ sciences at A-level for a Geology degree, and for geophys you will usually need Maths and/or Physics.
    thank you v much. i currently take maths physics and geography...I'm slightly concerned that geography isn't as credible as a purer science such as chemistry
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    (Original post by bobv11)
    thank you v much. i currently take maths physics and geography...I'm slightly concerned that geography isn't as credible as a purer science such as chemistry
    Geography is fine! Even Oxford accept it as a science
    I was really worried before I started about it being really difficult with chemistry, but courses should have either an introductory chemistry/physics/maths for geologists module or the first year module in geochemistry/mineralogy will be designed to get everyone up to a good level of understanding!
 
 
 
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