Why choose Bristol?

Our undergraduate teaching incorporates information technology, quantitative skills and environmental science. Our courses are structured to take account of the 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.

Our facilities

We are home to state-of-the-art laboratories which can:

  • simulate temperature and pressure conditions at hundreds of kilometres deep within our planet;
  • recreate conditions in ancient oceans and atmospheres;
  • enable us to understand the cycling of carbon in the environment;
  • help us investigate the evolution of life on Earth.

World class research

98% 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.

PhD student blog

Find out what life as a Bristol Earth Sciences PhD student is like on the Between a rock and a hard place blog.

All opinions expressed on the blog are those of the contributors and not those of the school or University.

When a compulsory part of your course is a week long field trip to Tenerife, it's hard not to be excited about travelling to go and see the soils and ecology of somewhere entirely new.

Rachel Dunn, MSc Environmental Geoscience

What our undergraduates say

The resources provided by the department are excellent, and my co-workers are all knowledgeable and fun to be around.

Jamie MacLaren, MSc in Palaeobiology

What our postgraduates say