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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

We are living through a time of unprecedented change on Earth. Scientific understanding of geological hazards, sustainability, infrastructure, climate change, energy, and natural resources has never been so important, and Earth Sciences sit at the heart of the debate. We aspire to help shape the future by providing the highest quality education for our students and by undertaking research that is both intrinsically excellent and relevant to society.

World Rankings

Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2020 , where we are ranked 78th.

Seventeen Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, including nine in the world top 50 and three in the world top ten.

"I selected Durham University because it has a high world ranking, and I enjoy the small, quiet atmosphere of the city. The staff, students, and facilities in the Earth Sciences department are of the highest quality"

Jaafar H. Jotheri - PhD in Palaeoclimate - from Babylon, Iraq



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The Stephen Mills Postgraduate Studentships

The Department of Earth Sciences, is pleased to announce two (2) MSc by Research awards intended to benefit students undertaking research in the Earth or Natural Sciences. These awards are kindly funded by a bequest from Stephen Mills an alumnus of the department. These two awards will provide for UK/EU tuition fees only (£4,327) and one of the awards is for Durham alumni only.
Please do contact potential supervisors about proposed research projects ( before submitting an application. All applications must be submitted using the University's on-line application form that can be found at

Application deadline is Thursday 2 April by 17.00 (GMT).

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me ( or Louise Bowron (

(3 Mar 2020)

Fully funded PhD opportunities in Low carbon energy transition.

The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) entitled GeoNetZero is a new program of PhD research and training set up to address key areas in Geoscience and their role in the Low Carbon Energy Transition and Challenge of Net Zero ( We are pleased to announce two fully funded 4 year PhD studentships as part of the CDT who will join a diverse and large postgraduate community in the Department of Earth Sciences with many working on many aspects of geoenergy and low carbon transition. The 4 year CDT studentships will cover the UK standard tuition fee and stipend as set by UK Research & Innovation (the government-funded UK Research Councils body), as well as provide a Research Training and Support Grant (RTSG) of £20k over 4 years to successful applicants. Further details can be found here.

(19 Feb 2020)

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