MSc Volcanology


Volcanoes are amongst the most awe inspiring of natural phenomena, whose eruptions and their associated hazards both inspire and cause loss of life and economic damage to communities worldwide on a regular basis.

In order to predict, manage and communicate the hazards associated with such activity more effectively, a clear understanding of their physical nature is required.

Due to increasing numbers of the global population being at risk, volcano hazard prediction and mitigation is a fast-growing and competitive area of research that crosses the boundaries between traditional subject areas.

The MSc in Volcanology is taught by members of the world-leading volcanology research group within our top-ranking School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol.

It provides students with an understanding of major volcanic processes and hazard types, and with generic skills for risk analysis, as well as allowing students to develop as individual researchers.

The programme is aimed at those who wish to proceed to higher-level academic research, and/or those interested in work with governmental and non-governmental organisations related to risk management, aid and development.

Programme structure

The programme is a one year full-time (two years part-time) course of study, taught through lectures and supervised independent research.

Your questions:


Applications must be made through the online system, but you are welcome make enquiries before you apply formally.

Tel: +44 (0)117 331 5133
Fax: +44 (0)117 954 5420


The Volcanology Research Group at the University of Bristol uses a combination of field studies, geophysics, remote sensing, analogue experiments and numerical models to understand the physical processes that control volcanic eruptions and to develop methods of hazard assessment.

Bristol Volcanology is a leading partner in the Global Volcano Model network of 28 institutions around the World dedicated to collating and analysing information on volcanoes, their hazards and the risks they pose.

Edit this page