The Earth Sciences are the focus of scientific understanding about this and other planets, embracing a large range of fundamental topics including the evolution of life, how climate has changed in the past and will change in the future, the nature of planetary surfaces and interiors, and the processes underlying natural hazards like earthquakes and volcanoes.

Information about the research themes pursued in the department, and about the research interests and background of the academics and researchers, can be found by following the appropriate links above. It is not unusual for research topics to be multidisciplinary, and for students to have more than one supervisor covering different aspects of the project.

Our graduates study for a four year DPhil. We don’t offer a taught Master’s course, as our undergraduate course includes a 4th year Masters programme. These pages provide information about research projects available for the forthcoming academic year, as well as how to apply.

Take a look at the departmental graduate handbook here.