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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.

Developments in stable isotope analysis of methane: applications for earth and environmental science

Tuesday 26th February 2019, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Arthur Holmes Building - ES230 -TR3, Dr. Andrew Smith Isotope Geochemist, British Geological Survey

The Daily Grind – the importance of mechanochemical reactions on Earth and Mars

Tuesday 5th March 2019, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Arthur Holmes Building - ES230 -TR3, Dr. Jon Telling Lecturer in Geochemistry/Geomicrobiology, University of Newcastle

New PhD Opportunities Created by Funding Boost

Smart surfaces, offshore wind energy and unmanned electric transportation are some of the subjects students will be able to study and research, thanks to new funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Applications are now open for students to start PhDs in September this year within four Centres for Doctoral Training involving Durham University.

(8 Feb 2019) » More about New PhD Opportunities Created by Funding Boost


2018 AAPG ACE Top 10 Oral Presentations

Congratulations to Dr. Jonny Imber, Stuart Clarke (who presented) and the team on their presentation “The Influence of “Cimmerian” Exhumation on the Hydrocarbon Potential of the Southwest Approaches, Offshore NW Europe which was judged as a “Top 10 Oral Presentations” during the 2018 Annual Convention and Exhibition in Salt Lake City, Utah.

(28 Jan 2019) » More about 2018 AAPG ACE Top 10 Oral Presentations


Outstanding Student Presentation Award

Congratulations to Giacomo Pozzi who has been awarded an outstanding presentation award at AGU2018.

This is a very prestigious award, which is only granted to the top 5% of student participants, and AGU is one the largest conference in our field, with more than 20000 attendees, from all parts of the world.

(25 Jan 2019)


Dr. David Hirst PhD

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Dr David Hirst on 11th January 2019.

David was a lecturer in the Department of Earth Sciences from 1960 until his retirement in 1994.

(22 Jan 2019) » More about Dr. David Hirst PhD


Angela Bentley is awarded the Patrick Moore Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society for Education.

(14 Jan 2019) » More about Angela Bentley is awarded the Patrick Moore Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society for Education.


GSA Fellowship 2018

David Selby elected by Geological Society of America Council (2018) in recognition of distinguished contributions to the geosciences.

GSA Fellowship web site

(3 Dec 2018)



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

Durham subjects in QS World Subject Rankings Top 50