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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 2021, where we are ranked 86th.

A record 19 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, including 11 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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Waste Heat

Sometimes we get lucky even amid the Covid 19 pandemic and opportunities arise. 

Map ofwaste heat across the UK

(18 Sep 2020) » More about Waste Heat

Prof Ed Llewellin wins prestigious Thermo Fisher Award for his work in volcanology

Ed Llewellin Earth Science staff member

(21 Aug 2020) » More about Prof Ed Llewellin wins prestigious Thermo Fisher Award for his work in volcanology

The Earth's deep water cycle

Several current and former staff from Durham’s Department of Earth Sciences were heavily involved in a new study, published in the journal Nature, investigating how the Earth's deep water cycle relates to magmatic productivity and earthquake activity.

(25 Jun 2020) » More about The Earth's deep water cycle

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