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MSc by Research in Earth Sciences

This MSc programme offers the opportunity to do one year of research in Earth Sciences across all sub-disiplines including geology, palaeontology, geophysics, structural geology, environmental geoscience and applied geosciences. The programme is flexible to suit applicants aspirations, background and experience. The department houses an impressive range of facilities and services and is involved with a number of collabortive centres of research excellence that can be used to hekp support innovative and exciting research.

Applications are welcome at any time - there is no specific deadline.
We offer MSc by research projects across a range of sub-programmes - our full ist can be found here - MSc by Research All Projects.
The list of project in Earth Sciences is below

  • The permeability of beds of polydisperse particles: Implications for fluid flow through soils, sediments, magmas and rocks.
    (Dr Fabian Wadsworth, Prof. Andrew Aplin)
  • Testing diachronous deformation models from syn-tectonic mineralization in ancient accretionary prisms.
    (Bob Holdsworth, Catriona Menzies, Nick Roberts (BGS Keyworth))
  • Near surface fissure fills and fluid flow associated with emplacement of the Cenozoic Cleveland mega-dyke, N Yorkshire.
    (Bob Holdsworth, Rich Brown)
  • Concentrate, Life is Hard: the role of minerals in protobiomolecule formation.
    (Prof Chris Greenwell)
  • Near surface fissure fills and fluid flow associated with emplacement of the Cenozoic Cleveland mega-dyke, N Yorkshire.
    (Bob Holdsworth, Rich Brown)
  • Nitrogen pollution recorded in macroalgae.
    (Dr Darren Gröcke, Prof Chris Greenwell)
  • Sulphur isotopes in modern and archaeological deer.
    (Dr Darren Gröcke, Dr Kurt Gron)
  • Tracking past sea level changes via novel isotope geochemistry.
    (Prof David Selby, Dr Jerry Lloyd)
  • Granite-Related Critical Element mineralization in central Sweden.
    (Prof David Selby, Dr Edward Lynch)
  • Temporal constraints of magmatism and hosted Mo mineralisation
    (Prof David Selby, Prof Bob Holdsworth, Dr Cyril Chelle-Michou)
  • What have we learnt? Meta-analysis of greenhouse gas fluxes from peatlands.
    (Prof Fred Worrall, Prof Martin Evans, Dr Julia Knapp)
  • After the sheep have gone – a future for the uplands without sheep.
    (Prof Fred Worrall, Dr Julia Knapp)
  • Finding hotspots and cold spots - mitigating climate change through land use.
    (Prof Fred Worrall, Dr Julia Knapp)
  • Cold humid Islands: peatlands as tools for cooling the climate.
    (Prof Fred Worrall, Dr Julia Knapp)
  • The effect of forest cutting on water and nutrient availability.
    (Dr Julia Knapp, Prof Fred Worrall)

Entry: via application form here and following successful interview. For subject specific enquiries please contact the project supervisor, and for general postgraduate enquiries contact: earthsci.pgadmissons@durham.ac.uk.

Duration: 12 months [or 24 months part-time].

Entry requirements: 2.1 Bachelor's degree or above (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Assessment: research dissertation.