The school is recognised as one of the UK's most prominent centres for international research excellence and provides a dynamic, intellectually-stimulating environment.

We're committed to the essential role of the earth sciences in understanding our planet, its history, and our place on it, and our school is ideally placed to address the major resource, hazard and environmental challenges of the next century.

The school's research is organised into six research groups with international reputation and our structures, and our intellectual strengths and ambitions are encapsulated in four cross-cutting, interdisciplinary research themes.

Research groups

Research themes

Interdisciplinary research groups

Staff in the School of Earth Sciences are also involved in some of the University's interdisciplinary research groups including:

How our research rates

100% of our research activity is considered to be in the top two categories: "world-leading" (4*) and "internationally excellent" (3*).

These results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.


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.

Future of science

Scientists discuss what it means to be a scientist in the 21st century in our new films.

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