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Department of Earth Sciences

Postgraduate Study

The Department of Earth Sciences is research-led, offering 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 (3 years full-time study)
  • MPhil (2 years full-time study)
  • MSc by Research (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.

MSc by Research projects for 2017/2018

We are pleased to announce an exciting and diverse range of MScR projects for entry in 2017. Applications from prospective UK, EU and international students are welcome at any time. Please contact the named supervisor on your chosen project to discuss the proposed research before you apply.

The Charles Waites Postgraduate studentship

The Department of Earth Sciences is pleased to announce one (1) MSc by research award to benefit Durham graduates undertaking research in Earth Sciences. This award will provide for UK/EU tuition fees and a full stipend. Students must begin their research on October 1st 2017. There is an application deadline of 17:00 April 5th 2017. Applicants will need to apply on-line and include the following information:

  • a two page CV;
  • a 500 word outline detailing how they intend to further develop the initial project as per the description;

The Stephen Mills Postgraduate studentships

The Department of Earth Sciences, is pleased to announce 2 MSc by Research awards intended to benefit students undertaking research in the Earth or Natural Sciences. These awards are kindly funded by a bequest from Stephen Mills an alumnus of the department. These two awards will provide for UK/EU tuition fees only (£4,195).

Please click on one of the projects below to find out more information. In all cases, please contact the lead supervisor for any further information if required.
See PDFs for more information and application deadlines


MSc by Research in Volcanology (2017/2018)

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new MSc by Research in Volcanology programme. An exciting list of projects can be found on the progamme's new webpage.

Fully funded MPhil and PhD projects for 2017/2018

Fully funded postgraduate positions become available regularly throughout the year, and will be posted here.

Postgraduate Prospectus 2017

Interested in postgraduate study? Click on the above image to register and download our prospectus.