Open Days and Enquiries

The department welcomes visits from prospective applicants on University Open Days. The next dates for these are in 2018: Wednesday 27 June, Thursday 28 June and Friday 14 September, when we are open from from 10am to 4pm.

Attending an Open Day gives you a chance to tour the department, talk to students, lecturers and tutors, and attend lectures and demonstrations illustrating aspects of our undergraduate course and the research which unpins it. Visitors are encouraged to take part in subject-based visits in the morning, and college visits from lunchtime.

Open days are free, and there is no need to book.


The timetable for the June Open Days is shown below (please note, this may be subject to change, and will be different in September).

10:00-11:00   Introduction to Earth Sciences – Find out more about Earth Sciences, how the course is taught at Oxford, and what our graduates move on to.
11:00-11:30    The Fly in the Ointment – St Hugh’s Tutorial Fellow Erin Saupe talks about finding fossils in amber: what we find, how we study them, and what they tell us about the past.
11:30-12:00    Exploring Volcanoes – Find out more about the work of a volcanologist: from collecting and analysing samples to understanding and mitigating the potential impact of future eruptions.
12:00-14:00   Aspects of Earth Sciences – Observation, analysis, measurement, deduction. Find out more about the aptitudes needed to make a great Earth Scientist.
15:00-16:00   Introduction to Earth Sciences (Repeated from 10am) – Find out more about Earth Sciences, how the course is taught at Oxford, and what our graduates move on to.

Prospective graduate students are also welcome on these days, though we can’t guarantee access to specific supervisors. We advise you email ahead if there’s someone specific you’d like to talk to.

Events in other departments around the University, and activities in Colleges, may require booking.  The University provides further information online.

If, after reading these pages, and the undergraduate prospectus, you have any further questions about applying to study Earth Sciences, you can get in touch with our Academic Office:

Telephone: +44 (0)1865 272040
Mail: Department of Earth Sciences, South Parks Road, Oxford , OX1 3AN

Download the Undergraduate Handbook