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Postgraduate Study

2 courses offered in the Scott Polar Research Institute

The MPhil in Polar Studies was established in 1980. It provides an advanced training in research concerning the understanding of human activity in the Arctic and Antarctic regions and the natural processes at work in polar environments, together with the research methods and techniques for their investigation. The degree course has a core interdisciplinary element aimed at students with a broad interest in polar regions, after which students will specialise and follow one of two strands in either the humanities and social sciences or the natural sciences.

The course is designed for graduates with a broad interest in the polar regions or a more specific knowledge of a particular aspect of polar study.

It is a 9-month full time course. It consists of a taught element (lectures, seminars, practicals) examined by two pieces of course work (each worth 20% of the total mark), and a supervised research element examined through a short presentation (worth 5% of the total) and a dissertation (worth 55%). 

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The PhD in Polar Studies is a full-time three-year research degree (or five years part-time), examined by a thesis of up to 80,000 words if a candidate's work falls within the social sciences, or 275 numbered pages (of which not more than 225 pages are text, appendices, illustrations and bibliography) if a candidate's work falls within the physical sciences. A successful thesis will represent "a substantial contribution to knowledge" and will also represent a realistic amount of work for three years' full-time study (or equivalent part-time). Research in polar studies embraces both the natural sciences (physical geography, environmental science, biogeography, etc.) and social sciences and humanities (human geography, anthropology, politics, history, etc).

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From the British Antarctic Survey

This PhD course takes place under the joint supervision of a research scientist at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and a University supervisor. Students may be based at BAS but will be registered for their degree with one of the partnering departments: Archaeology & Anthropology, Land Economy, Plant Sciences, Zoology, Earth Sciences, Geography and Scott Polar Research Institute, Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science and Technology.

BAS welcomes enquiries from those interested in higher degrees in earth science subjects, physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology and related areas.

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