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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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PhD Opportunties - GeoNetZero CDT

University of Durham (5 approved projects; 2 fully-funded PhD awards available) 

(28 Oct 2020) » More about PhD Opportunties - GeoNetZero CDT

Geophysics research wins international award

Prof. Gillian Foulger

One of our leading academics has been honoured for her outstanding achievements and contributions in geosciences.

(24 Oct 2020) » More about Geophysics research wins international award

My virtual field trip to Spain…

Although our Geology students aren’t able to visit Spain for their usual field trip right now, their tutors came up with a really innovative virtual alternative. 

(16 Oct 2020) » More about My virtual field trip to Spain…

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