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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.

Examining the spectrum of slow earthquakes

Tuesday 22nd January 2019, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Arthur Holmes Building - ES230 -TR3, Dr. Jessica Hawthorne Associate Professor in Geophysics, University of Oxford

Coupling and decoupling of zinc and silicon in the global ocean

Tuesday 29th January 2019, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Arthur Holmes Building - ES230 -TR3, Dr. Susan Little Research Fellow, Imperial College London

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.


IAPETUS2 Doctoral Training Partnership

16+ fully funded 3.5 year PhD Studentships

IAPETUS2 is a Doctoral Training Partnership that joins the leading research universities of DurhamGlasgowNewcastleSt AndrewsStirling and Heriot-Watt together with the British Geological Survey, the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the British Antarctic Survey. It is a multidisciplinary DTP, funded and accredited by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), offering PhD students a world-class environment in which to study.

(7 Dec 2018) » More about IAPETUS2 Doctoral Training Partnership


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)


Italian earthquake data hint at possibility of forecasting one type of quake

Study suggests how ‘sequence’ quakes are constrained by their geology, which could allow scientists to forecast the large follow-up shakes. More information can be found on the Nature News website

(26 Nov 2018)


Research could boost UK’s energy potential.

Durham University research that led to the discovery of new energy supplies in the UK has been shortlisted for a 2018 NERC Impact Award.

A team of researchers led by Professor Bob Holdsworth, Department of Earth Sciences, is shortlisted in the ‘Economic Impact’ category for uncovering the potential of a new type of oil reserve off the west coast of Shetland and the development of a spin-off company, boosting the industry in Scotland.

(5 Nov 2018) » More about Research could boost UK’s energy potential.


Professor Martin H.P. Bott, MA (Cantab), PhD (Cantab), FRS

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Professor Martin Bott on the 20th October; a highly regarded and much-loved member of the Department of Earth Sciences until his retirement, in 1988, to an emeritus but still research active role that lasted a further 30 years up until his death at the age of 92.

(29 Oct 2018) » More about Professor Martin H.P. Bott, MA (Cantab), PhD (Cantab), FRS



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