Why Study Earth Sciences?

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Earth Sciences is the study of the planet we live upon.  We combine physics, chemistry and biology with geology, geography and palaeontology to answer fundamental questions about the origin, development, and future of the Earth. You will receive a rigorous training in the way that our planet works, as well as addressing some of the major issues of our times:

  • The origin of the Solar System, the Earth, and Life
  • Physics and chemistry of the Earth’s interior
  • Plates, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes
  • Interactions between the atmosphere, oceans and the solid earth.
  • The climate system
  • The fate of glaciers and ice sheets
  • Chemical and biological evolution of the oceans
  • Natural hazards
  • Natural resources.

The Oxford Earth Sciences department has received the top grading in all teaching and research assessments since national assessments began, and is rated top for Geology in the 2009 Good University Guide. A major reason for the success of our undergraduate course is its close link between research and teaching; you will be taught, at the forefront of knowledge, by some of the world’s best Earth Scientists.

If using your scientific background to understand your home planet appeals to you, then you should choose Earth Sciences at Oxford. Why not have a look at the virtual tour of our department?