Information technology, quantitative skills, and environmental science are incorporated within undergraduate teaching and courses are structured to take account of changing patterns of employment of geologists.
PhD students receive training in technical and transferable skills whilst being guided in their research by one or more supervisors.
I was attracted to Bristol by the department’s high research rating and the excellent reputation of the University. The course provides a good scientific background to environmental issues and fieldwork, and laboratory work forms an integral part of the study program.
I’ve always loved being outdoors so Environmental Geoscience was a perfect choice to combine this with my studies.
The course provides excellent knowledge in a variety of areas and offers experience in a range of laboratory and computer skills. The diversity of subjects covered is a definite strength.
Fieldwork is a key part of the course and is a great opportunity to put theory into the practice, whilst being able to experience different landscapes and cultures. Fieldwork is very social and you get to know the others in your course very well.
There is the opportunity to spend the third year abroad, which is a fantastic experience.
I spent my third year studying at University of Oslo, Norway, as part of the Erasmus program. It was a valuable opportunity to be able to learn from different academics.
I was extremely fortunate to be able to take two courses in Svalbard. This was an amazing privilege to be able to study and do fieldwork in such an extreme but beautiful environment.
A year abroad offers not only a brilliant opportunity to develop academically but also to develop in confidence and to learn from different cultures.
Bristol is a great place to study Earth Sciences. The department is highly rated in research and staff are friendly and approachable.
The large amount of fieldwork in the course means that you get to know the other students very quickly. The city is vibrant and a great place to be.
During my undergraduate degree I grew from someone who hardly knew what Geology was into someone fascinated by the subject and its huge diversity.
I think my interest developed due to the staggering size, forces and timescales that geological processes involve; yet they can often be understood through study of a single lump of rock.
I am looking at a collection of diamonds and the mineral inclusions they contain from the Juina Region, Brazil, renowned for producing deep mantle diamonds.
These diamonds and their inclusions provide the only direct record of the deep carbon cycle and the physical and chemical processes which occur at depths greater than 250km in the earth.
Alongside analysing the diamond inclusions for major and trace element compositions I am also undertaking high pressure-temperature experiments designed to reproduce the conditions of diamond and inclusion formation in attempt to understand how they formed.
The best feature about the department is the friendly and open nature of everyone working here. Everybody is willing to help in engaging discussion or by providing assistance with any problem.
There is also a great feeling of community amongst all in the department with no lack of social activity.
In general the facilities in the department are great. It is situated in the centrepiece building of the University, which provides a lovely place to go to work everyday.
For my PhD in particular the lab facilities are fantastic, providing support for any work I could want to do.
We are home to state-of-the-art laboratories capable of simulating temperature and pressure conditions at hundreds of kilometres deep within our planet; recreating conditions in ancient oceans and atmospheres; enabling us to understand the cycling of carbon in the environment and to investigate the evolution of life on Earth.
75% of our research activity is considered to be in the top two categories: world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*).
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Find out what life as a Bristol Earth Sciences PhD student is like on the Between a rock and a hard place blog.
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