Postgraduate study

The School of Earth Sciences has a world-class reputation for research excellence, with a vibrant and diverse community of postgraduate students. We offer a range of PhD and Masters programmes at the cutting edge of research. There are 18 research projects available for 2018 start.

Taught programmes


MSc Palaeobiology

Aimed at providing students with a strong background for independent research to PhD level or for an applied career in museums, libraries, management, or the media.

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Detailed course information

Taught programmes


MSc Volcanology

Aimed at those who wish to proceed to higher-level academic research, and/or those interested in work related to risk management, aid and development.

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Detailed course information

Research programmes


PhD / MSc by research in Earth sciences

Research across the full breadth of the Earth sciences, including experimental and theoretical studies of physical, chemical and biological processes of the Earth.

MSc: 1 year full-time
PhD: 3 years full-time
Part-time equivalents available

Research programmes


MSc by research in Earth sciences - specialising in geophysics

Interested in how earthquakes occur, satellite imaging or natural resource exploration? Join one of Europe's largest geophysics groups, working on a variety of pure and applied projects.

MSc: 1 year full-time
Part-time equivalent available

Doctoral training


NERC GW4+ DTP - doctoral training in environmental sciences

A broad spectrum of academic and non-academic partners have created an innovative training programme that responds to current and future needs in Earth and environmental sciences.

Doctoral training


BBSRC South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership

A fully-funded, four-year programme providing cutting-edge world-class bioscience and food security research skills alongside a thorough training in numerical and systems based approaches.

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