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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

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We are a leading Earth Science Department with researchers and teachers of the highest international calibre housed in a new, state-of-the-art building with bespoke facilities. We teach a cohort of very well-qualified students in 5 undergraduate Honours degree programmes: Geology BSc; Geoscience MSci; Earth Sciences BSc; Environmental Geosciences BSc; Geophysics with Geology BSc. Admissions to Durham are highly sought after, and we typically register 80 students each year, while also participating in the University’s prestigious Natural Sciences Programme. Major research units in the Department include: the Centre for Research in Earth Energy Systems and the Terrestrial Laser Scanning facility . The Department co-hosts the UK Ocean-Bottom Instrumentation Consortium and is a key collaborator in the University-wide the Institute for Hazard, Risk & Resilience and Durham Energy Institute.


World Rankings

Record success in QS World Subject Rankings

Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2019, where we are ranked 74th

A record 18 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, including ten in the world top 50 and three in the world top ten.


Groundwater remediation using nanotechnology from a pore-scale perspective

Tuesday 21st January 2020, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Arthur Holmes Building - ES231 -TR4, Dr. Tannaz Pak Senior Lecturer in Petroleum Engineering, Teeside University

Yaoling Niu becomes an AGU Fellow

Yaoling became an American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fellow at the annual meeting in San Francisco on December 11th, an honour bestowed on just 0.1% of AGU’s 60,000 members each year.

(13 Dec 2019) » More about Yaoling Niu becomes an AGU Fellow


Madeleine Humphreys Awarded ERC Consolidator Grant

Madeleine has been awarded a highly prestigious European Research Consolidator grant for her STEMMS project: Storage and eruption of mushy magma systems.

(12 Dec 2019) » More about Madeleine Humphreys Awarded ERC Consolidator Grant


Yaoling Niu: Globally Influential Geoscientist

Yaoling Niu

Yaoling has been honoured as a 2019 Highly Cited Researcher by the Web of Science. This recognizes the world's most influential researchers of the past decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science. Many congratulations Yaoling!

Durham researchers named among world’s best

(19 Nov 2019)


Charlotte Adams wins Energy Champion Award

At the gala ceremony of the 20th Energy Institute (EI) Awards in London last week, Charlotte Adams won the EI’s ’s prestigious Energy Champion Award for her work on geothermal energy.

(12 Nov 2019) » More about Charlotte Adams wins Energy Champion Award


Earth Sciences Star in Impact Awards

The department was very much centre-stage in the University’s 2019 Impact and Engagement Awards.

(12 Nov 2019) » More about Earth Sciences Star in Impact Awards


PhD Presentation Award for Jack Lee

Jack Lee

(28 Oct 2019) » More about PhD Presentation Award for Jack Lee


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Contact Details

Department of Earth Sciences,
Durham University,
Science Labs,
Durham DH1 3LE

Tel: +44 0191 3342300
Fax: +44 0191 3342301
E-mail: earth.sciences @durham.ac.uk
Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Gold rated for teaching excellence and student outcomes

Top 100 for Physical Sciences

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