Why choose Bristol for undergraduate study?

The heart of Bristol

The School of Earth Sciences is situated at the historic heart of the University campus, in the neo-Gothic Wills Memorial Building.

Expert lecturers

Students are taught by experts in a variety of Earth science subjects. Watch some discuss their research.

Our academics are also skilled teachers - we achieved 96% teaching excellence in the National Student Survey 2016.


Our student-run societies BUGGS (Bristol University Geology and Geoscience Society) and DINOSOC (palaeontology) organise activities such as fieldtrips, informal seminars at a local pub, an annual ball and many other social events.

Earth Sciences on film

Watch videos filmed in the School of Earth Sciences.

What our students say

Read what some of our students have to say about the School and the courses they study.

Student facilities

Facilities include lecture theatres, computer rooms, social spaces and specially-equipped laboratories for student practical sessions.


The University of Bristol's School of Earth Sciences can trace its origins back to 1876, when Geology was offered as a subject at the original University College. Learn more about the School and its history.

The Library

The Earth Science Library is housed in the beautiful Wills Memorial Library.

The Earth Science Collection

The School hosts an impressive rock, mineral and fossil collection.

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