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Department of Earth Sciences

Postgraduate Study


The Department of Earth Sciences is research-led, and offers postgraduate research students state-of-the-art facilities in purpose-built accomodation (the Arthur Holmes Building) located on the University's Science Site. Click on the links below to learn more about the PhD opportunities available and about the Department of Earth Sciences at Durham University.

The Department offers three levels of postgraduate research degrees and we welcome enquiries from suitably qualified applicants in all of these research areas:

  • PhD in Geology, Geophysics, or Geological Sciences (3 years full-time study)
  • MPhil in Geology, Geophysics, or Geological Sciences (2 years full-time study)
  • MSc by Research in Geology, Geophysics, or Geological Sciences (1 year full-time study)
  • MSc by Research in Volcanology (1 year full-time study)

Part-time degree programmes are normally twice the length of the equivalent full-time programme.

Please note that the Department of Earth Sciences does not currently offer a taught Masters programme.

Postgraduate Prospectus 2018

Interested in postgraduate study? Click to register and download our 2018 prospectus.