MSc Quaternary Science

At Royal Holloway University of London, we deliver an MSc in Quaternary Science. I am heavily involved in teaching this course so naturally I recommend it whole heartedly!

Our MSc in Quaternary Science provides students with essential skills in using and understanding the time-dependent processes that affect environmental change. We provide technical training in key issues within Quaternary Science, including high-resolution palaeoenvironmental records, high-precision dating and multi-proxy approaches to the investigation of past environmental changes.

Here, you can watch a video about the MSc Quaternary Science:

On completion of the course, graduates will have gained a thorough understanding of some of our most pressing environmental issues. Around 70% of our graduates go on to pursue further research.

Our graduates are highly employable and in recent years, have entered many different Quaternary-related sectors, including:

  • British Antarctic Survey
  • British Geological Survey
  • Archaeology
  • Historic England
  • Natural England
  • Environment Agency
  • Natural Environment Research Council
  • Teaching
  • Museum curation
Our MSc Quaternary Science students undertake a 10 day field trip to Glen Roy in Easter

Royal Holloway University of London

Royal Holloway is widely recognised on the world stage as one of the UK’s leading teaching and research universities. One of the larger colleges of the University of London, we are strong across the sciences, social sciences and humanities. As a cosmopolitan university, with students from 130 different countries, we focus on the support and development of the individual. Our friendly and safe campus, west of central London, provides a unique environment for university study.

You would join a strong research culture as one of 130 postgraduate students within the Department of Geography.


Students are expected to have achieved a 2:1 in a relevant undergraduate degree. If your first degree result is close to this but does not quite meet this requirement, please contact us to discuss your case. Consideration will also be given to relevant professional experience and qualifications.

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