Department of Earth Sciences
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.
Record success in QS World Subject Rankings
Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2019, where we are ranked 74th
A record 18 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, including ten in the world top 50 and three in the world top ten.
Yaoling Niu: Globally Influential Geoscientist
Yaoling has been honoured as a 2019 Highly Cited Researcher by the Web of Science. This recognizes the world's most influential researchers of the past decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science. Many congratulations Yaoling!
(19 Nov 2019)
Charlotte Adams wins Energy Champion Award
At the gala ceremony of the 20th Energy Institute (EI) Awards in London last week, Charlotte Adams won the EI’s ’s prestigious Energy Champion Award for her work on geothermal energy.
(12 Nov 2019) » More about Charlotte Adams wins Energy Champion Award
Earth Sciences Star in Impact Awards
The department was very much centre-stage in the University’s 2019 Impact and Engagement Awards.
(12 Nov 2019) » More about Earth Sciences Star in Impact Awards
PhD presentation award
(28 Oct 2019) » More about PhD presentation award
Naming of the RRS Sir David Attenborough
On Thursday 26th September Professor Christine Peirce attended the naming of the RRS Sir David Attenborough at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead. Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, together with Prince William and Sir David himself, did the honours smashing a bottle of champaign against the ship's hull. Professor Peirce has been appointed to lead the at-sea fitness for science trials of the marine geology and geophysics instrumentation when the vessel makes it to sea next year.
(1 Oct 2019)
2019 Energy & Fuels Joint Award for Excellence in Publication
The Energy & Fuels Joint Award for Excellence in Publication recognizes a notable article that has been published in the American Chemical Society’s journal Energy & Fuels during the previous 5 years.
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