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I think i want to do exploration geology! I've been looking on facebook at some of this year's graduates and 90% of them have gone straight into exploration jobs in places like zimbabwe, australia, portugal and mauritina! Job prospects there look good!
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Hey ST - did you say you're a rep for geology at soton? Is that like the social committee or what??
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I wish to join!!! I am currently pursuing a Bsc for Geology in the University of the West Indies.
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hay, cool west indies, you know ive always wanted to go there!!
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Woooo, exotic .
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Hey everyone!

Hope all is well. About being course rep, i was elected at the start of my first year and my job is to convey student's views about the course, fieldtrips and so on.

Anyway, i have a bit of a question that i am hoping some postgrads will be able to help me with. Basically i'm here at Soton studying for a MGeol in Geology. I'm really enjoying the course but am concerned about my fourth year. It has become increasingly apparant that my real interest lies in geochemisty. The fourth year of my degree doesn't look like it will incorporate much geochemisty, so i am considering moving to another institute and studying for a Masters as a postgraduate. This thought has caused a few questions to arise:

1) Course fees. I don't have a clue how this works. Is it still £3000 per year? Am i still entitled to a student loan?

2) Universities. I have had little luck in finding much out about Masters degrees in geochemistry (although i admit i haven't looked into it that thoroughly at this stage). Does anyone know any places that are specialists in this?

3) The future. Basically i envisage studying for a post doctorate after my masters, with this being my time to really specialise in my interest. Do you think i should just stay at Southampton, do my masters in geology and then focus on geochemistry after this stage?

Thanks very much guys!
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I'm not a postgrad, nor have I even started by undergraduate degree, but I've looked around on a lot of sites concerning postgrad specialties (yes, I'm basically planning 5+ years ahead :rolleyes: ).

Firstly, the fees for an MSc are higher than the fourth year of an MGeol degree, so you'd have to be absolutely sure you want to embark on geochemical studies earlier on. I'm not entirely sure how much the fees are though.

I just looked around for Master's courses in geochemistry... only to find Leeds offering an MSc in Geochemistry. I think you'll find that it is very much research-oriented though -- I know for a fact that Oxford specialises in geochemistry (for example). A lot of US universities do too, I think. It's annoying as the first uni I thought of when it comes to geochemistry is Manchester (they have an undergraduate course in geochemistry ), yet they only have geoengineering masters.

If you're okay with primarily Leeds after your third year then by all means go for it... as I recall there aren't any geochemistry modules after your second year in Southampton anyway. Alternatively you could finish the MGeol and then head on into an MSc/PhD at places like Leeds, Oxbridge/Imperial (these three {not Leeds} conduct geochemical research and were rated 5*A by the RAE).

It's up to you though. Are you okay with spending a fourth year to finish your MGeol (it's not that bad anyway, you can do Environmental Radioactivity which is like a mix of geochemistry-geophysics ), or do you want to fulfill your curiosities as soon as possible?
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u guys seem to be way ahead of your selves, im in my 3rd year now and on an MGeol at leicester, which by the way is good for geochem, but i think your a tad crazy to do that , anyway, im stll looking at many options to do my masters in altrhough ive always had a very good idea of what im interested in, but as you go through your course you will descover things you do and dont like, and this can change. just take things as they come i say, you exam results may have some bearing also.
anyway, good luck!!
sally xx
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What are you interested in, Sally? (Can I call you Sally :p:? It just seems to weird to call you geologistuk, lol)
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I wouldn't say i'm thinking way ahead of myself, surely? If i decide to drop down to a BSc at Soton, then i'm going to have to be applying to uni's for my MSc next year. Time is going far too quickly! Thanks for everyone's help though, i really need to sit down and give this a long thought! I'm off on a fieldwork now (yes, it's a saturday) so i shall catch you soon!
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(Original post by trm90)
What are you interested in, Sally? (Can I call you Sally :p:? It just seems to weird to call you geologistuk, lol)

me, im a volcanologist at heart, thats where i would idealy like to end up, but i also love structural geology and soft rocks!! to be honest im so in love with geology i wouldnt mind doing anything, maybe appart from economic, especially hydrocarbons, i dont really agree with the way things are done at the moment!!

but active field volcanolgy is defo my favourite thing. i love field geology.
im mostly interested in volcanolclastics and the interaction of volcanology and structures and plate tectonics. i would love to specialise is explosive or strombolian volcanic settings and the emplacement of volcanoclastic and pyroclastic deposits!!
im also quite partial to hydrology!!
at the min my main project research is based on an area local to me when im at home and is focusing on map construction and interprestation which includes shore deposits, tidal change and pre-cambrian volcanism!! im interpreting the geohistory!! i spent 4 weeks doing fieldwork over the summer!! was ace!!

call me anythig you like my dear, sally is fine!!

Sally xxx
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Omg, Volcanology is the best... I envy you soooooooooo much! Isn't there a physical volcanology course in Leicester? That's actually one of the things that definitely made the course look so great to me... it looks so fun to do field volcanology.

That's really cool though, I love volcanoes a lot as well. And I can see why you wouldn't like economic geology too much lol... Along the same topic the oil and mining industry prospect just really puts me off... I like earth science because you can love and appreciate nature but also have a particular scientific fascination for it as well... the industry just seems to take away the fascination of geology and geophysics tbh (That's why geophysics frustrates me though, it's very hard to find a course where they DONT focus on the applied stuff that energy industries use!).

I mean I was reading up on structural geology the other day, and how it's really important in the industry. But I just like how bizarre looking folds look like, lol. I don't really care if there's a hydrocarbon pool there :p:...

So did you do the fieldwork by yourself, or do you go with a peer/family/academic or...? That looks really cool What's the name of the area you did the fieldwork in? I feel like googling something, haha.

EDIT: I was gonna say, I can see why you'd consider staying to do a PhD in Leicester... you say you like volcanoes & hydrology, and I just realised they have research groups in volcanic processes, fluid flow, etc... :eek:
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Yes there is a physical volcanology module in the degree, im doing it next semester, which means im going to Tenerife in december!! Muhahaha, actuall volcanoes!! it was one of the main reasons I chose to study at Leicester!!

Yeah, I like to be able to understand the world around me, it enhances the appreciation!! Its not that it takes away the fascination for me, its more the morality of it!! And the way things are done!! That’s mainly because the main application of geophisics is with in that type of industry, the thing you have to remember though is that as much as that is the focus, there are less common applications and sometimes you have to put up with learning about that kind of thig before you can use it for what you want. Plus unfortuanatly that it practically the only area of geology where you can earn decent money!!

I have to say, structural is slightly different in that respect!! It doesn’t matter what types of geology your interested in, (apart from paaeo stuff), structural always has significance, not just in the hydrocarbons industry. It’s a very prominent subject in its own right, it has present day significance, ie earthquakes etc . I love it, its really interesting, and I don’t find it to hard!!

Yeah, its and independent field based project and there are always problems with plagerism, so it has to be independent!! We are paired up to work in the same area, but map, or do other projects on different area. If that makes sence. But it is most defiantly independent. Oh, I mapped in an area very close to home for personal reasons, its in Shropshire, church Stretton and the surrounding area!!

Yeah, they do have research groups in that area, also a reason why I chose to go there!! Hehe!!
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Im applying for Geophysics in Liverpool! Really anxious for an interview, its a limited course, I think ten people get in every year- theres a year study in either America or Canada. Blagh, Liverpool needs to hurry up! :p:

Im kinda torn between Astrophysics and Geophysics at the moment, if I get offers for them, I'll be goin' for those two. Geophysics is great tho! Volcanology is definitely my favourite. If I do the course I'm steering well clear from the oil industry. I think I'd like to do research of some kind.

Anyone else applying to Liverpool?
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I have!! I applied for Geology & Geophysics, and I have an interview!

I also just got an offer today from Durham for ABB for Geoscience
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If you dont mind me asking, how did they contact you for an interview? Phone, post etc?
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i got a letter in the post.

it's not so much an interview as a visit day, and afterwards they'll tell you your offer.
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Thank you! And congrats on the offer.
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Got my letter today! Just have to decide what day Im gonna go on.
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yay! well done! is 21st nov an option? thats when i'm going!
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