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So I've been offered an unconditional offer to study earth science at swansea university but I just want to know where this degree can take you. I found it really hard to decide what topic to do as first of all I took weird A Levels (none were science related) and also I am interested in a range of things. However this year I have done a year in uni in geography as that has always interested me but I want to push myself further as I can do better and the change is also due to other reasons also. So I decided to change and it was very hard to decide but I thought that earth science is geography related and geology which I found that I loved this year. But also it is scientific and this has always interested me learning about earth and atmospheric processes. I just want to know if there are things that are not so well known that I could go inot afterwards also what masters are available? I just want to be 100% sure this is the right degree for me this time
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well, I worked for a team that developed an earth science monitoring radar. a "linear synthetic aperture radar' to give it its correct title, we used to point it at mountains for calibration, to see if the slopes were stable. it worked very well. we could detect sub-millimetre movements over days of large areas of the hillsides. We predicted and avoided some minor disasters.

We further developed this idea, so it was then used in Stromboli volcano in Italy, many further Italian mountain areas, many Icelandic mountains, many Japanese mountains, just two in France. We then adapted it to monitor mountains for the potential danger of avalanches, working at the SLF (Swiss Institut für Schnee und Lawinenforschung) in Davos. I was then sent to Machu Picchu in Peru, spending two weeks on top of the Andes, setting up the equipment which ran for about one year, checking for potential landslides & other earth science problems of that area.

I think our 'point & shoot' civilian radar has now almost been replaced by a myriad of low orbit earth observation satellites, using 'permanent scatterers' to map the worldwide prevalence of slope creep, all of which work has saved many lives. there remains more to do, check out Yellowstone and Campi Flegrei for potential impact on the whole of planet earth and our civilisation! there's a few MSc's left to think about, sure...

Here's a typical one from a UCL docu: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/earth-sciences...-flegrei-italy
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(Original post by Unii123)
So I've been offered an unconditional offer to study earth science at swansea university but I just want to know where this degree can take you. I found it really hard to decide what topic to do as first of all I took weird A Levels (none were science related) and also I am interested in a range of things. However this year I have done a year in uni in geography as that has always interested me but I want to push myself further as I can do better and the change is also due to other reasons also. So I decided to change and it was very hard to decide but I thought that earth science is geography related and geology which I found that I loved this year. But also it is scientific and this has always interested me learning about earth and atmospheric processes. I just want to know if there are things that are not so well known that I could go inot afterwards also what masters are available? I just want to be 100% sure this is the right degree for me this time
Earth science is a really wide subject area, so it will prepare you for a variety of MSc degrees and jobs afterwards. You could take an MSc to gain more knowledge and skills in a particular topic, such as climate change/atmospheric science, pollution remediation, hydrology, soil science, conservation, oil and gas, mining, GIS, engineering geology... the list goes on. There is a whole range of research areas available too which can be as specialised or not as you want
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Hi Unii123!

The Physical Earth Sciences degree that you mentioned is a combination of Physical Geography and Geology or Earth Sciences, and the modules and field work you complete as part of the degree will reflect that. As far as life after graduation, the Physical Earth Sciences can take you in a number of different directions. Our recent graduates have gone on to work in geotechnical engineering, teaching, research, and further education. But you can of course go on to do anything really, as the skills you would learn on the course such as literacy, numeracy, independent working etc. are all really transferable.

As far as Masters degrees in the Geosciences are concerned, you should have a look at this website.

I’ve pre-prepped it for you so that it shows the more geological-orientated MSc courses for the UK, but you can change the subject area or the country to see what is available to you! The MSc you choose would really depend on what elements of your undergraduate degree you found interesting or what sort of profession you wanted to go into after you graduate.

Looking forward to seeing you in September!

Rhian
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