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Postgraduate Study

We are living through a time of unprecedented change on the Earth. Scientific understanding of hazards, sustainability, infrastructure, climate change, energy, natural resources and anthropogenic influence on our planet have never been so important.

We aspire to help shape and improve the future by training the next generation of Earth Scientists through provision of high quality postgraduate training and research opportunities.
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Postgraduate students are at the heart of the Department's research activities. Our community has >60 students from countries around the world. All students are supervised by at least two members of academic staff and encouraged to present and promote their research at international conferences and by publication in leading scientific journals.

We currently offer the following degree programmes:

  • PhD in Geology, Geophysics, or Geological Sciences (3-4 years full-time study)
  • MPhil by Research (2 year full time study)
  • MSc by Research (1-year full-time study)

Part-time degree programmes are normally twice the length of the equivalent full-time programme.

Each postgraduate must have a member of staff willing to supervise their research. Therefore, prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact individual members of staff or research groups to develop their ideas and enquire about available projects.

The department participates in nationally funded doctoral training programs:

Alongside these programmes we welcome industry; self funded students; and students from across the globe.

Stephen Mills Scholarships.

Two scholarships available for UK students to undertake MSc by research projects in Durham Earth Sciences. List of MSc by research projects can be found at: MSc in Earth Sciences - Durham University. For further details of the scholarship contact: Fred.Worrall@durham.ac.uk.

 

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Enquiries

We welcome all general enquiries via earthsci.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk address

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Training and research environment

Postgraduate students are at the heart of the Department's research activities. All students are encouraged to present and promote their research at international conferences and by publication in leading scientific journals.

Students are supervised by at least two members of academic staff and receive specialised research training from their supervisors and other members of the Department. Postgraduate research is commonly embedded in our world-leading research groups and facilities.
Find out more about our research groups
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